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American on Purpose

American on Purpose

Written by Craig Ferguson

Narrated by Craig Ferguson


American on Purpose

Written by Craig Ferguson

Narrated by Craig Ferguson

ratings:
4.5/5 (107 ratings)
Length:
7 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Sep 22, 2009
ISBN:
9780061961458
Format:
Audiobook

Description

In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark—as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

To numb the pain of failure, Ferguson found comfort in drugs and alcohol, addictions that eventually led to an aborted suicide attempt. (He forgot to do it when someone offered him a glass of sherry.) But his story has a happy ending: in 1993, the washed-up Ferguson washed up in the United States. Finally sober, Ferguson landed a breakthrough part on the hit sitcom The Drew Carey Show, a success that eventually led to his role as the host of CBS's The Late Late Show. By far Ferguson's greatest triumph was his decision to become a U.S. citizen, a milestone he achieved in early 2008, just before his command performance for the president at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson talks a red, white, and blue streak about everything our Founding Fathers feared.

Publisher:
Released:
Sep 22, 2009
ISBN:
9780061961458
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Craig Ferguson is the host of The Late Late Show. He is the author of the novel Between the Bridge and the River and lives in Los Angeles, California.


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  • (4/5)
    Very enjoyable. Can't honestly say I was a big fan of CF but I found the book in a charity shop and thought it looked interesting. And it was! He writes very well - no punches pulled about how low he sank when his alcoholism had him at rock bottom and how he wrecked his relationships and almost his professional career. Touching moments but also hilarious ones, it's easy to read, engaging and interesting (even if you're a non fan).He never blames anyone but himself for the problems he had and never once feels sorry for himself either. Ultimately it's that candour and likeable honestly that ultimately make the book well worth reading.
  • (4/5)
    While I don't rate Craig Ferguson as a comedian I did like this book.

    I liked that he doesn't try to blame other people for his problems. I also liked the fact that there where no big revelations, you know the ones like I was abused by this uncle or the priest or whoever and the first time you hear about this abuse is when the celeb in question is writing their autobiography. Craig seems to have had a typically working class upbringing and I can relate to that,especially the reaction of the parents when you get into trouble at school. They always assumed you had done something to merit the punishment.
  • (5/5)
    Had Craig Ferguson not had a book signing on a lazy Saturday morning in January, I probably never would have read his latest book and that would have been a shame. Craig came across as warm and generous at the reading and his fantastic memoir does the same. He grew up in a middle class family outside of Glasgow, struggled in school, both with his classmates and his teachers, and dropped out at 16. While trying to find his way, he developed drug and alcohol addictions, then went through rehab, and finally made his way to America for good where he found success as both a writer and a performer. He blames no one but himself for his troubles and gives high praise to the people who helped him along the way. Both funny and sad, his memoir is brutally honest and charmingly reflective. I had almost finished reading it when I noticed the audio version, read by him, on the library shelf. I couldn’t resist, so I started anew with Disc 1; it’s that good, plus I got to hear his wonderful Scottish brogue. Either way, it’s a winner.
  • (4/5)
    I saw this man on t.v. for the first time in my life a few weeks back and I couldn't stop laughing, so when I saw his book on the shelf last week, I knew I had to read it.

    He put hiss verra own self through Hell... This is no holds barred account of: his life as a school kid, construction worker, musician, alcoholic, actor, three time husband, his step up to recovery, life in L.A. & t.v. show host. He talks about his family with love & honesty.

    There is no "poor me" in this and that is so very refreshing...he places blame on himself. But she sure likes the "F" word and it was in places that surprised me. I have never seen his movies, but they have done well, as did the sitcom he was in w/ Drew Carey (whom I do not think funny at all).

    So nice to not have had any whining, he owns his shite!
  • (4/5)
    In all, a solid read that's more funny in unexpected places as well as more serious than expected. Ferguson doesn't gloss over his frailties (addictions, screw-ups, etc.) but it makes his successes all the more sympathetic and enjoyable.

    If you've liked his acting or his talk show, this is worth a read; I'd love to read a similarly honest autobio from John Cleese or Rowan Atkinson, to be honest.
  • (5/5)
    I like Craig Ferguson a lot. I enjoyed this, even though I don't usually read memoirs.