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Author Branum, Guy, 1975- author.

Title My life as a goddess : a memoir through (un)popular culture / Guy Branum.

Publication Info. New York : Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2018.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Library Connection Non-Fiction    792.7602 Branum,G BRA    Available
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Edition First Atria Books hardcover edition.
Description x, 274 pages ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Contents Foreword / Mindy Kaling -- Prologue -- A poor fit -- A vocabulary lesson -- Bothered and bewildered -- Camouflage and plumage -- The man who watched The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance -- Shoulder to hip -- Undefended border -- Footballwallah -- The rage of Caliban -- Joan Didion slept here -- What is Easy-Bake Oven? -- This monstrosity -- The disco round -- Babette can cook -- The rules of enchantment -- Three women and a multinational corporation -- It never rains in Southern California -- Epilogue.
Summary "In the vein of New York Times bestsellers Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby, a collection of side-splitting and illuminating essays by the popular stand-up comedian, alum of Chelsea Lately and The Mindy Project, and host of truTV's Talk Show the Game Show. From a young age, Guy Branum always felt as if he were on the outside looking in. Self-taught, introspective, and from a stiflingly boring farm town, he couldn't relate to his neighbors. While other boys played outside, he stayed indoors reading Greek mythology. And being gay and overweight, he got used to diminishing himself. But little by little, he started learning from all the sad, strange, lonely outcasts in history who had come before him, and he started to feel hope. In this collection of personal essays, Guy talks about finding a sense of belonging at Berkeley--and stirring up controversy in a newspaper column that led to a run in with the Secret Service. He recounts the pitfalls of being typecast as the "Sassy Gay Friend," and how, after taking a wrong turn in life (i.e. law school), he found standup comedy and artistic freedom. He analyzes society's calculated deprivation of personhood from fat people, and how, though it's taken him a while to accept who he is, he has learned that with a little patience and a lot of humor, self-acceptance is possible. Written with Guy's characteristic blend of wit, guile, and rumination, My Life as a Goddess is an unforgettable and deeply moving book by one of today's most endearing and galvanizing voices in comedy"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Branum, Guy, 1975-
Comedians -- United States -- Biography.
Actors -- United States -- Biography.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Added Author Kaling, Mindy, writer of foreword.
Other Form: Online version: Branum, Guy, 1975- author. My life as a goddess First Atria Books hardcover edition. New York : Atria Books, 2018 9781501170249 (DLC) 2018020359
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