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I'm Just a Person

I'm Just a Person

Written by Tig Notaro

Narrated by Tig Notaro


I'm Just a Person

Written by Tig Notaro

Narrated by Tig Notaro

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4.5/5 (45 ratings)
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5 hours
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Released:
Jun 14, 2016
ISBN:
9780062266668
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Editor's Note

Light in the dark…

Delve deeper into the darkest year of comedian Tig Notaro’s life that sparked her breakout, heart-wrenching stand-up set where she admitted she had cancer. Expect laughs and a tear or two from Notaro’s emotional memoir.

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One of America's most original comedic voices delivers a darkly funny, wryly observed, and emotionally raw account of her year of death, cancer, and epiphany.

In the span of four months in 2012, Tig Notaro was hospitalized for a debilitating intestinal disease called C. diff, her mother unexpectedly died, she went through a breakup, and then she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. Hit with this devastating barrage, Tig took her grief onstage. Days after receiving her cancer diagnosis, she broke new comedic ground, opening an unvarnished set with the words: "Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you? Hi, how are you? Is everybody having a good time? I have cancer." The set went viral instantly and was ultimately released as Tig's sophomore album, Live, which sold one hundred thousand units in just six weeks and was later nominated for a Grammy.

Now, the wildly popular star takes stock of that no good, very bad year-a difficult yet astonishing period in which tragedy turned into absurdity and despair transformed into joy. An inspired combination of the deadpan silliness of her comedy and the open-hearted vulnerability that has emerged in the wake of that dire time, I'm Just a Person is a moving and often hilarious look at this very brave, very funny woman's journey into the darkness and her thrilling return from it.

Publisher:
Released:
Jun 14, 2016
ISBN:
9780062266668
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Tig Notaro is an American stand-up comic, writer, actor, and radio contributor. She writes, produces, and stars in the semiautobiographical series One Mississippi for Amazon Studios, where she can also be seen in her recurring role on the critically acclaimed series Transparent. In 2015, her HBO stand-up special premiered along with Tig, the Netflix Original Documentary about her life. Tig remains a favorite on Conan and This American Life, tours internationally, and enjoys bird-watching with her wife, Stephanie, and kitten, Fluff, at their home in Los Angeles.

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  • (5/5)
    Tig Notaro is extraordinary. How do you deal with the worst that life can throw at you and come out a stronger person? And how do you write a book that takes the topics of cancer and death and turn them into wry humor? Notaro did it, and her recent book, I’m Just a Person, tells of her sudden tumble when she suffered through pneumonia, C. diff, the unexpected death of her mother, and a diagnosis of stage II breast cancer, all in a period of four months. But when she climbed slowly out of this hole, she arrived at a positive and stronger place.Notaro, a talented comedian and actor, is a native of Pass Christian, Mississippi. Readers may have seen her autobiographical and critically-acclaimed series on Amazon Prime, One Mississippi, in which the main character returns home to live in the not-quite fictional town of Bay St. Louisa (only a letter away from the real town of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi) after suffering illness and the death of her mother. Events portrayed in One Mississippi closely parallel the story in Notaro’s book.I liked this book because Notaro tells her story without pretending to have faced her monsters fearlessly or with a plan. Instead, she deals with her situations as anyone would: with ups and downs and scares and surprising moments of laughter.It’s the story of someone who was suddenly dropped into a hostile wilderness without a map or training, yet somehow she finds her way home. And she wrote the book with intelligent humor and without appearing maudlin.Much of the book focuses on the author’s relationship with her mother. Notaro’s love and respect for her mother, Susie, clearly comes through, in no small part because of Susie’s quirkiness, loyalty and in-your-face honesty. This book is a commemoration of Notaro’s mother almost as much as it is about Notaro’s survival. Or perhaps the story here is that Susie gave Notaro much of the strength to survive.Other friends and family members have important roles in her life, too. For example, Notaro discovers relationships with her stepfather, Ric, and her brother, Renaud, that she may not have found but for the tragedy of Susie’s death.In another part of the book Notaro tells of her now-iconic comedy performance, taped just a couple of days after her cancer diagnosis, in which she riffs to the audience: “Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you? Hi, how are you? Is everybody having a good time? I have cancer.” Bluntly honest, her performance brought tears to the audience, but also uproarious laughter. The recording went viral, and literally overnight became one of the most widely-sought comedy albums available. The soundtrack, entitled Live, is distributed under the Secretly Canadian label. Live, by the way, rhymes with give.I’m Just a Person is not a long read, but it is engrossing and worth picking up.
  • (4/5)
    Tig is an understated kind of comedian and writes her autobiography in an understated way about one tragedy after another but also about the deep love one can feel for a very flawed yet amazing person. Very interesting, and it has me watching her Amazon series, One Mississippi.
  • (4/5)
    In 2012, stand up comic Tig Notaro made headlines when she began one of her performances with "Good evening, hello. I have cancer. How are you? Hi, how are you? Is everyone having a good time? I have cancer." The video clip of that performance went viral and the world soon knew of Notaro's situation.But that wasn't all. In the space of four months, Notaro nearly died of a C-Diff infection, her mother died in a freak accident, and she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. Her memoir I'm Just A Person shares Notaro's journey of those months.The book opens as Notaro is taking a cab ride from the hospital back to her mother's house in Texas after her mother died. Tig had recently been discharged from a hospital in Los Angeles after a harrowing infection which resulted in her being unable to keep any food down.She was weak as a kitten when she got the call from her stepfather about her mother. Notaro shares stories about her unconventional mother, a woman for whom "drinking with friends by the pool was (her) nine-to-five job and she took it very seriously."Notaro was a poor student, held back twice in the eighth grade. She eventually dropped out of school and ended up in Los Angeles with some friends where she became a working standup comic.I'm Just A Person deals mainly with her four month ordeal. She writes matter-of-factly about her illnesses and fears, but it is her relationship with her free spirit mother and how Notaro came to terms with it after her mother's death that truly resonates here. Her description of going into her mother's home and looking at photos and her mother's belongings, and the memories that conjures up is moving.You'll read I'm Just A Person in a few hours, it is a slim book, but Notaro's story will stay with you a lot longer and maybe give you pause to reflect on your own mortality and relationships. She packs a big punch in a few words. I recommend it.
  • (5/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    Really enjoyed this read. As someone who has a chronic illness I appreciate Tig’s insight in examining life, death and society. Her perspective on life is reassuring and grounding, she doesn’t take herself too seriously while still valuing life and people so deeply. Love Stephanie and Tig’s dynamic and always enjoy a glimpse into their life and love.

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  • (4/5)

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    I’ve just discovered Tig Nataro’s comedy acts and am so glad I read the book. It is amazing that she can keep her sense of humor while going through so many health problems. Her writing skills are as good as her comedy routines.

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  • (5/5)

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    I’m pretty sure the first time I encountered Tig Notaro’s work was in that This American Life Story, but it might also have been when she had a role in the sweet film “In A World.” I watched her documentary, and then her comedy special, and really enjoyed both. I find her to be intriguing and unpretentious, and so had to pick up her memoir.

    If you have somehow managed to not heard her story, Ms. Notaro experienced a pretty brutal spring four years ago: she went through a breakup, fought a brutal C. Diff infection, lost her mother unexpectedly in a fall, and then was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer.

    Yeah.

    This book is mostly focused on that time in Ms. Notaro’s life, and her recovery from it. She shares a lot of herself in a way that is genuine, sweet, and at times (but not always) funny. This isn’t a comedy memoir, but it is a memoir that will make you feel good. It made me feel good.

    Not every good book is full of loud, declarative, life-altering statements that you want to immediately stitch on a pillow. Some are quietly strong, but awesome just the same. I loved this book. I can’t recommend it enough.

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  • (4/5)
    Interesting but very sad. I am glad things got better for her.
  • (4/5)

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    Good thing someone from the future didn’t tap me on my shoulder and whisper, “I know this appears to be rock bottom, but you’re actually only halfway there.”“Halfway” was Notaro’s physical devastation from a life-threatening intestinal infection, followed a minute later by her mother’s sudden death from a head injury during a fall. The rest of the way (of a whole-way timeframe of just four months) included a relationship breakup and bilateral breast cancer. Notaro is a successful actress (+writer/producer/director) and successful comic, whose deadpan style is apparent in this memoir. A very fast read. Looks like the Amazon series, “One Mississippi” covers the same material and I may take a look at it.

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  • (5/5)

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    I devoured One Mississippi, watched the documentary her wife made about her, and even though this book retells the same story I devoured it too. She's so vulnerable and open and wonderful - and a good writer to boot!

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