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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (Nov. 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062109758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062109750
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Sherilyn Fleischhacker on Dec 27 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a quick read with large print but at the same time very entertaining. The pictures were very enjoyable with lots of stars.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Ronan on Feb. 25 2012
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This book is NOT an autobiography or memior. it is a collection of short stories about various people Regis knows or met throughout his life that had some kind of effect on him starting when he was young adult in the marines. he mostly talks about celebrities he met throughout his career. each chapter is about a certain person, usually a fun & entertaining story ending with a life lesson he either learned from that person or what he personally took away from it. He tells stories about old hollywood stars like Ronald Reagan, Cary Grant, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, Don Rickles and also some other TV celebrities like Jerry Seinfeld, Howard Stern, Donald Trump, KLG & Kelly Rippa. This book is fun and light-hearted - just like he is on TV. He doesn't really talk about anything personal either about himself or his family, so you won't learn much about him personally.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By reginald armstrong on Dec 16 2011
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I think I ordered 2 of these books on November 14. According to the Regis and Kelly show, the book was going to be released on the 15th, and I had the books, in my hands on the 18th. At the time of ordering, I forgot to uncheck Express, I think it was, so cost me an extra 9 dollars, but that was just fine by me, as both books are Christmas gifts to Mother and Motherinlaw. The book I ordered previous to that, came snail mail from the UK and took about 4 or 5 weeks. Anyways, I'm happy!
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AnneKennedy on Feb. 6 2012
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Don't buy from anybook-ca - Amazon Marketplace paid and never got the book. Was ripped off! They said they sent it but it has never arrived.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
A delightful insiders look at many notables and a decent man's entertaining life Nov. 20 2011
By Historken - Published on Amazon.com
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The structure for this book is cleverly focused around 30 individuals who were chronologically pivotal in Regis' life. There appears to be no ghost writer, and it reads as if one were dining out with Mr. Philbin and listening to many of his personal recollections but in more detail than you would ever get from television. The 30 individuals represent a relatively wide range of people and each "story" could be its own short story. Letterman's foreward is a perfectly irreverent snippet of amusement.

For those of you who are Regis fans, I suggest this book is an excellent way to ease yourself away from any withdrawal symptoms! It's fun to read and insightful as well. The chapter devoted to an astrologist was superfluous as anyone could have predicted failure for anyone following the multi-talented Steve Allen. I do now, however, understand why he checks his astrology predictions!

Regis' homage to Dean Martin is touching as he remains an unabashed fan of Dino. Joey Bishop, deservedly, doesn't fare so well though Regis is far kinder to that explosive sourpuss than most anyone else would be considering the way Bishop treated him. You'll also realize what a sweet guy Don Rickles is!
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
How come no chapter on Gellman?? Dec 1 2011
By sd2075 - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Regis and miss him on Live....but I think I expected a little more from this book. There was way too much talk about sports, etc. and it was hard to keep track of where he was ie: L.A., San Diego, and what year, etc. I also thought that he would maybe talk a little more about his other children.

I was also suprised that there wasn't a chapter on his long time producer, Micheal Gellman. They have been working together for over 25 years...I think maybe even before they started working on Live (though I could be mistaken about the time line). I think he was only mentioned once and that was when he talked about the staff on Live.

I know that when he did his interview with Katie Couric, she said she had heard he was leaving the show over contract negotiations and he agreed that is exactly why he was leaving...that they didn't want to give him what he felt he deserved....so maybe there are a little bit of hard feelings between the two.

O.k., I realize I'm getting away from reviewing the book, but I must say, the book was him through and through...it was like listening to him at the desk telling his stories. I will say, it was an interesting read and I learned a few things about him I didn't know. Anyone who likes Regis will like this book...I just felt there was a little too much sports and was a little bored in some parts.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
More Personal Dec 1 2011
By Ellen D Woloshin - Published on Amazon.com
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First, I have been a fan of Regis for many years. I found this book to be more about his famous friends than his life. He skims over his first marriage and kids with one sentence. There is to much talk of Notre Dame and football than I was interested in. Many of the stories he told on his show. I thought biographies were about the person writing it and not all about his friends. I was also confused with all the switching from L.A. to New York to the midwest. As much as I like Regis, I did not enjoy the book. He is still an icon in entertainment and I would rather watch him than read his book.
19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
charming look at Regis's life Nov. 18 2011
By leslie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
If youve enjoyed listening to Regis's unique perspective and at times impish stories you'll enjoy this look into his life.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A bit disappointing Jan. 4 2012
By Ruthyreads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have been a big fan of Regis over the years, but I felt pretty let down after reading this book. The book focuses very little on the details of his own life. Rather, it is more of a sweet tribute to the people he met along the way. He is gracious as he compliments each individual, but I found it rather boring. I guess I was hoping for more of a memoir.

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