Seriously--I'm Kidding

Seriously--I'm Kidding

Book - 2011
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Ellen DeGeneres's winning, upbeat candor has made her show one of the most popular, resilient, and honored daytime shows on the air, and her life makes for great (and very funny) reading. Relatable , her first stand-up special in 15 years, airs on Netflix beginning December 18, 2018.

"I've experienced a whole lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you'll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I've put together for you in this book. I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I'm saying is, let us begin, shall we?"

Seriously... I'm Kidding is a lively, hilarious, and often sweetly poignant look at the life of the much-loved entertainer as she opens up about her personal life, her talk show, and more.

"DeGeneres's amiably oddball riffs on everything from kale to catwalks to Jesus will make fans smile." - People

"Whatever the topic, DeGeneres's compulsively readable style will appeal to fans old and new." - Publishers Weekly

"Fans will not be disappointed...[DeGeneres's] trademark wit and openness shine through and through." -- Kirkus

Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., c2011.
ISBN: 9780446585026
Characteristics: x, 241 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.


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Mar 05, 2018

My experience was identical to Mogie's experience, written in a review below. It says: "I finished it because it was a easy read. Otherwise, I did not find the book particularly insightful or funny. I much prefer Ellen in person. The writing style was too rambley and did not engage me. Perhaps the Audiobook would have been better."

It was a very easy read but VERY MUCH a huge rambling mess. Sure, I found myself laughing out loud a few times, but more often, I found myself skimming over random thought bursts and drawn-out fake scenario stories. Only Ellen could write a book like this and get away with it....

Jul 18, 2017

Seriously… I’m Kidding (Ellen DeGeneres) is probably my favourite of the many autobiographies I’ve read. I don’t think I stopped laughing throughout the time I read it. It was a perfect balance of witty, silly and quirky. It was also a really meaningful read. Ellen included many personal mottos and messages to live by, and some of them changed the way I viewed the world. Ellen is such an inspiring person to me and to many others, and it was interesting to get her take on what makes her that way. Through the wonderful humour shone her courage and outgoing nature. This made it a truly lovely book, and I will continue to learn from it.
- @freckleface675 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

May 24, 2017

I loved this book. I would recommend it to anyone and appreciated her optimism and insights.

Mar 21, 2017

I am a huge Ellen fan so I will just have to pretend I never read this book. Rambling, nonsensical, waste of time. Seriously--I am not kidding.

ArapahoeMaryA Dec 22, 2016

Ellen is funny without being raunchy or mean.

shokolit Nov 12, 2016

Seriously, Ellen?
Worst book ever! I'd be embarrassed to have such a book published under my name.

Sep 14, 2016

I finished it because it was a easy read. Otherwise, I did not find the book particularly insightful or funny. I much prefer Ellen in person. The writing style was too rambley and did not engage me. Perhaps the Audiobook would have been better.

May 13, 2015

A series of random thoughts from Ellen pulled together into a book. Three to four chapters should have been deleted in the editing process (really? A chapter of nonsensical noises and another chapter of "dead air"?). Don't read this--listen to it with lowered expectations. "Bossypants" by Tina Fey is much better.

lbarkema Apr 02, 2015

So I listened to this, and I think that is the only way to go. I can't imagine having read this book, and I say "book" loosely because it felt so much more like a Podcast from Ellen or really just watching her talk show. Because of this, I really loved it. It was silly, just like Ellen, and it was just the perfect listen.

Mar 27, 2015

I found this to be a marvellously insightful book. The stories have a witty charm, just like Ellen herself. A great light read for anyone who loves to laugh.

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ArapahoeMaryA Jan 18, 2017

I don’t know why we ever need to look into those (magnifying mirrors). They’re not accurate. They point out every single one of our flaws. We don’t need that. That’s why we have mothers.

(On mammograms) If a man had to put his special parts inside a clamp to test him for anything, I think they would come up with a new plan before the doctor finished saying, "Put that thing there so I can crush it.

Do you live each day as if it's your first or your last? Either way you should probably have a diaper on.

...around forty, when you’re “over the hill. I don’t even know what that means and why it’s a bad thing. When I go hiking and I get over the hill, that means I’m past the hard part and there’s a snack in my future.

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