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Self-Inflicted Wounds

Self-Inflicted Wounds

Written by Aisha Tyler

Narrated by Aisha Tyler


Self-Inflicted Wounds

Written by Aisha Tyler

Narrated by Aisha Tyler

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4/5 (47 ratings)
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6 hours
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Released:
Jul 9, 2013
ISBN:
9780062263322
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Description

self-inflicted wound (n): a spectacularly humiliating, and often hilarious, incident entirely of one's own making. see also: you did it to yourself.

Have you ever made a decision you instantly regretted? Humiliated yourself in a room of your peers, or shamed yourself in front of your massive crush? Ever blown a job interview, frozen during a presentation, acted like a total idiot on a date? Ever said the wrong thing at the wrong time, unable to keep your tongue from flapping out the stupidest words you've ever said in your life, ever? If you are a human being, the answer, of course, is yes. Take heart. You're not alone. This is known as the self-inflicted wound, and every one of us bears a scar. Or several.

Here, Aisha Tyler, comedian, actress, cohost of CBS's The Talk, star of Archer, and creator of the top-ranked podcast Girl on Guy, serves up a spectacular collection of her own self-inflicted wounds. From almost setting herself on fire, to vomiting on a boy she liked, to getting drunk and sleeping through the SATs, to going into crushing debt to pay for college and then throwing away her degree to become a comedian, Aisha's life has been a series of spectacularly epic fails. And she's got the scars to prove it. Literally.

Through it all, Aisha's triumphs haven't come in spite of the failures, but because of them. Because with every failure comes a lesson learned, a strength revealed, a fear overcome, or an adventure braved. Self-Inflicted Wounds isn't just about surviving failure. It's about embracing failure — pursuing it, even — on the winding path to success. And after you've failed a time or three, hopefully you'll have learned something. Or at the very least have a really killer story. Because to err is human, but to fail epically is hilarious.

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Publisher:
Released:
Jul 9, 2013
ISBN:
9780062263322
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Aisha Tyler is a comedian, actress, author, television host, podcaster, and recovering nerd (see photo—note the devastatingly fashionable Casio watch). She is cohost of the Emmy-nominated daytime talk show The Talk, the voice of sexy superspy Lana Kane on FX's hit animated series Archer, and host of the all-new Whose Line Is It, Anyway? on the CW. She is also the creator, producer, and host of the award-winning podcast Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler, consistently ranked one of the top ten comedy podcasts on iTunes. Tyler tours as a standup comedian nationwide, and has contributed to Oprah, Wired, Glamour, and Entertainment Weekly magazines. She lives in Los Angeles, where she reads postapocalyptic fiction and plays video games in her meager spare time.

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  • (5/5)
    Seriously, this book is hilarious. If you don't read it you will turn into a troll and be given a bridge that no billy goats will cross.
  • (4/5)
    Loved this. Perfect not just for fans of Aisha Tyler but also if you liked Bossypants or Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me.

    The audiobook version of this just kept me company through many hours of house cleaning. So good.
  • (3/5)
    This memoir is from an actress and comedian. She writes about funny things that have happened to her, but mostly about her trip from Regular Joe to Professional Comedian.It took me a month to make it through this one, but "it was me, not you". I was expecting funny quips every paragraph instead of a meandering memoir. I was amused, but I kept thinking to myself that I could be reading other books.
  • (5/5)
    Her voice is very inspiring and insightful. Great and gifted lady
  • (5/5)
    Quick wit. Intelligently funny. Eloquent. Charming and captivating. The best book about nothing you will ever listen to. Very very enjoyable.
  • (4/5)
    For the older teen, side splitting stories, of awkward moments, and worse; tempered with sage advice.
  • (2/5)
    Aisha Tyler's Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation is just that: humiliating and very reckless stories from Tyler's childhood of epic failure. The universal moral of these stories is that you pick yourself up by the bootstraps and reorganize yourself and try again.

    I liked the different morals of each tale but didn't like the stories themselves. They weren't funny and Tyler has quite the potty mouth. The thing about Aisha Tyler is that I enjoy her acting, her role in Ghost Whisperer was the best, but I was never one for her comedy. I thought she fell flat. That's how felt about this book. It just falls flat.
  • (5/5)
    A fun book by Aisha Tyler of Archer and Whose Line is it Anyway fame, speaking of the various spectacular failures of her life. Although I am far too much of a coward to fling myself at life the way Tyler does, it is refreshing to read about it from her point of view. The failures have been spectacular and many, but they are entertaining as hell to read about. A good, fun, romp.
  • (3/5)
    I really like Aisha Tyler. I think she is funny, gorgeous, and ballsy. However, this book was just so so. I was expecting much funnier. While there were a couple smiles, not so much else. Basically stories of times she has failed. Breaking a toe while alone in a hotel room, bombing on her first comedy set, getting caught sneaking out...Just ok.
  • (4/5)
    Aisha Tyler is a standup comedienne, co-host of TV's The Talk, voices a character on FX's Archer, hosts Whose Line Is It Anyway and has a hugely popular podcast Girl on Guy. (She is a bit of an overachiever.) One of the features of her podcast is asking guests to recount a self-inflicted wound, something incredibly stupid that they have done in their lives. She turns the table on herself in this book, recounting her own self-inflicted wounds in humorous and touching essays. I have seen Tyler at her various jobs, and always thought she was funny, but I never realized how smart she was. She is a terrific writer, and her misadventures on the way through life had me laughing out loud. She says that she wants "this book to inspire you to be yourself. I hope this book will encourage you to follow your dreams." It does do that. If this too tall, intelligent, nerdy girl with a smart mouth can succeed in a business where women are not often welcomed, you may have a shot at success in life too.She opens each chapter with a quote from someone smart, such as "The wound is the place where the light enters you"-Rumi, then one from her- "This thing is gonna need ointment", which opens the chapter "The Time I Cut Myself in Half", about the time when, as a child, she rode on a rusty, broken rocking horse she found in an alley and fell off, cutting her stomach wide open.You'll laugh and feel empathy for Tyler, and even recall your own self-inflicted wounds and realize they weren't that bad after all, and just maybe they help to make you the person you became. (A note to anyone who goes to lunch with Tyler- she has been known to throw up on people. Consider yourself warned.)
  • (4/5)
    Hilarious reflections on growing up as a self-declared "blerd" (black nerd). Tyler is funny and fearless. I loved hearing about her childhood adventures and later her time working the stand up circuit. She has a relaxed writing style that makes her book accessible and entertaining.
  • (5/5)
    everything I wanted it to be and expected! yes please
  • (5/5)
    I laughed out loud. I cried bitter tears. I loved it.
  • (5/5)
    Amazing self-portrait with a great deal of wit and wisdom. Very inspiring made me want to get off my ass, made me get off my ass made me want to get back on my ass and quit, then get up and get off my ass again.