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Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster Hardcover – Mar 13 2012

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (March 13 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451635052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451635058
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #207,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kristen Johnston is a two-time Emmy Award-winning stage, film, and television actress, most famous for her role as Sally Solomon in the television series 3rd Rock from the Sun. She also starred in numerous TV shows, films, and plays.

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By Raine on March 27 2014
Format: Hardcover
Its must read for anyone who has battled with addiction. Kristen opens up and lets you into her struggle and her life. She was brutally honest in every sense of the word. I highly recommend this book!
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By Elaine on April 14 2014
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Bought the book for my daughter's birthday. She and Kristen Johnston correspond via email all the time. Took guts to write this book. Very personal and triumphant.
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Great read
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Chalmers on Dec 29 2012
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I chose this because I liked the TV show "Third Rock from the Sun"

.....not too impressed with this recounting at all
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108 of 111 people found the following review helpful
Excellent autobiography March 13 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I've read a lot of "hollywood bios" and can be pretty cynical about them. And, as the author mentioned, yet another book about a person who becomes famous, drinks and uses too much, needs rehab isn't exactly unique.

But this biography is different. First, it is well presented, with a genuine sense of the personality of the author. Her personal history is moving and any kid who was ever a little different (I liked books too much and was also too tall) may have to endure a lot. So I empathized with her story. But even if I had had the best childhood on earth, I would have still been moved by the genuine voice she presents.

And then comes her experience in London when her guts burst (and this isn't a spoiler -- it's on the cover) and she has to spend a l o n g time in the hospital. She has so much time for real pain, genuine reflection on her life, and that rarest of all events in any life: the realization of the changes she needs to make (although I think most of that comes just after leaving the hospital).

It is so hard to change behavior and to face oneself honestly. This author has my total admiration. I used to work with a woman who had a brain injury and dealt with it by reciting to herself the very true mantra "everyone has SOME deficit," which is very true. And this author has made me twist that to "everyone has SOME addiction." So anyone with any personal honesty will read this book and come away with some serious thinking to do about the need for change.

Having said all that, somehow this is also a very funny book in places. This is a truly talented performer and author.
38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
I laughed and cried so hard that I passed out Jan. 23 2014
By S. Whang - Published on
Format: Paperback
Last night I started reading "Guts", and was laughing and crying so hard that I passed out. This morning I woke up and finished it. Let me be clear. Up until today, I was my own favorite writer. Now my favorite writer is Kristen Johnston. Wait ~ she’s not just a writer ~ she’s a force of nature. She’s a revolutionary. This isn’t just a book; it’s a call to action. She’s throwing down the gauntlet. Tell your truth. Silence equals death. She describes her “tsunami of tsorrow,” and she writes her own “faux-bituary.” Her honesty is like a demolition derby that crumbles the mountain of secrets we’ve all been standing on our entire lives. She is so excruciatingly personal that even though the specifics of our journeys are different, I feel like she’s my sister now. She is so painfully funny that I hyperventilated while reading her stories. She quotes Kristepedia and makes you wish that website really existed. And she does something no author has ever done before ~ she invents the perfect onomatopoeic word for the sound of someone sliding a shower curtain across a metal rod. The description of what happened to her that fateful night in London is one of the most horrific things I’ve ever read, and I’ve lived through stage 4 breast cancer. I had started writing a book about my journey with cancer, and I stopped because it felt too painful to relive all that. After reading "Guts", the floodgates have re-opened, and I feel catapulted back into the creative flow. In Asian culture, we are expected to pretend everything’s perfect. It’s considered shameful to air your dirty laundry in public, or admit that you have any problems. Kristen’s honesty and humor give us all permission to tell the truth and laugh about it. She magically brings humanity closer together, reminding us that if we all just let our Freak flags fly, we’d all feel better. Buy this book, and read it immediately. Whatever excuse just occurred to you, shut up. You’re going to love it. I promise. But even better, you just might end up loving yourself.
38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Hold On Tight March 26 2012
By Rooster - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Hold on tight. This book is a rollercoaster ride in words. I usually end up being disappointed when I read a celebrity auto-bio. Most are puff pieces written to stroke the authors own ego. Some are vendettas against all who have ever wronged them. Others are seem to be a very long wikipedia page, stating "just the facts ma'am". This book is like no other I've read. This is a searing look inside someone who has been to the precipice, and somehow survived, then thrived. It's funny as hell in parts and gut wrenching (sorry) in others.
There's nothing unique about a celebrity being an addict and being out of control. And folks, this lady was hanging on by a thread. What IS unique here, is that we get to see the process through which she finally decides that as painful as it will be, she must take stock of her own life. It's painful to read in parts. And I suspect anyone, addict or not, will recognize the truth written on these pages. It's a cautionary tale for all those younguns in Hollywood (or anywhere) who are facing the same temptations and demons as the author.
In the end, Kristen Johnston survives and has become the person she was meant to be. And she's a pistol! I hope she continues to write, as her narrative voice is unique and needed.
This is not one of those books you wait to buy from the remainder table at the mall. It's worth the price of admission and then some. You will definitely be entertained, likely moved, and hopefully inspired.
38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Good reminder...and better book March 13 2012
By SarahNewMexico - Published on
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First, I have to say that while there are many differences in my life compared to the author's, there are a lot of commonalities too.

It's amazing to realize that while we have these insecurities about ourselves, others see us in a totally different light.

Lastly, we need to remember the power of our words. They can be so powerful in positive and negative ways. Unfortunately, negative words really stick with us. Like the author, I can remember negative things that people said to me when I was growing up, but have a hard time remembering the good words too.

Now. The memoir. I love it. Poignant, yet funny. It was absolutely addicting to read. Yes, I do have addiction issues too...and I'm addicted to knitting. After reading the book, you will understand this.

Seriously, though. I read about this book in Entertainment Weekly and as a sober alcoholic, I like to know that there are others out there just like me. It was a powerful book and it was as if the author was telling me her story face-to-face.

I'm glad that I pre-ordered this book and it showed up on my Kindle this morning. .
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Best celebrity autobiography March 30 2012
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I don't typically read autobiographies, and never the "celebrity" ones. However, I saw Kristen on "Anderson" and was captured by her reading of some of the passages in the book. So, I took a chance and bought it for my Kindle. (Hey, I was interested, but did I really want it in hardcover FOREVER? So, I bought the e-version)

I bought it yesterday and finished it this morning. (My addiction..speed reading. Everyone has at least one.)

It was entertaining, and enlightening. I would say there was definitely no "ghost writer" on this one, as her personality and sense of the absurd comes through very clearly. She is harsh with herself and yet honest about everything she put herself and others through with her addictions.

There are so many "life lessons" in this book, but I think the most important one is to make sure you love yourself, and worry less about getting approval from others.

In the beginning, she states everyone has (or has had) an "addiction". I thought it was an absurd statement, until I read the list and looked at all the musical instruments I have (43, at last count). It's just some "addictions" are more benign (I save for them), than others. It was eye opening. We all have something we "obsess" over just a wee bit. Some have more than others. Some are not benign.

I'd highly recommend it. It'll probably never be considered "literature", and there are no "celebrity secrets" (other than her own), but it made me think and feel, and reflect on how our treatment of others can be insignificant to us and yet so harmful to them. It's always a good book that makes you think AND feel, reflection is just a bonus.