Seriously--I'm Kidding

Seriously--I'm Kidding

Book - 2011
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The stand-up comedian, television host, bestselling author, and actress candidly discusses her personal life and professional career and describes what it was like to become a judge on "American Idol."
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780446585026
0446585025
Branch Call Number: B DEGENERES
Characteristics: 241 p
Alternative Title: Seriously--I am kidding

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
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

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valeriegboyd
May 24, 2017

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

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tbos805
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.

AL_MARYA 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.

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mogie
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.

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Daj_O
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.

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TheGreatCatsby
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.

ChristchurchLib Sep 02, 2014

Like Ellen herself, these essays are charming, quirky, and witty, at times veering into the absurd; they're also on a host of diverse topics loosely arranged around the idea of "happiness" and how Ellen herself has found it. From advice on "How to Be a Supermodel" to her thoughts on haikus to more serious discussions on gay marriage and the dangers of stereotypes, this collection will delight fans. Popular Culture newsletter September 2014.

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AL_MARYA 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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