SERIOUSLY ...I'M KIDDING is a look at Ellen's life through her humour. Oh, hi. I'm so glad you decided to turn the book over. Inside you will find an assortment of wonderful things - words, pictures, advice, tidbits, morsels, shenanigans, and, in some copies, four hundred dollars cash. So you might want to buy a few. I don't have enough room on ...Read MoreSERIOUSLY ...I'M KIDDING is a look at Ellen's life through her humour. Oh, hi. I'm so glad you decided to turn the book over. Inside you will find an assortment of wonderful things - words, pictures, advice, tidbits, morsels, shenanigans, and, in some copies, four hundred dollars cash. So you might want to buy a few. I don't have enough room on this back cover to tell you all the reasons why you should buy this book, but I can tell you this and it's a guarantee: If you buy it, you will feel better, look better, be happier, grow taller, lose weight, get a promotion at work, have shinier hair, and fall madly, deeply in love. As you probably know, this is normally where authors put nice quotes from fancy people praising their book. I'm a little uncomfortable with that. It feels like a gimmick to get people to buy it and I don't believe in cheap tricks like that. Besides, I know you're way too smart and beautiful to fall for that kind of stuff. Actually, I think you're so wonderful I thought I would use this space to praise you. Yes, that's right. You. Here are some of the nice things I have to say about you: 'That is a beautiful blouse you're wearing. It goes so nicely with this book.' Ellen DeGeneres 'I love the way you're holding this book. It's like you were born to buy it and hold it forever.' Ellen DeGeneres 'You know what I love most about you? That we get each other. And also your eyes.' Ellen DeGeneresRead Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2012-01-02 Fans of Ellen DeGeneres may find this audio version of her third book a bit of a disappointment. Despite some funny moments and a few flashes of brilliance-her take on opinion polls is splendid-this work feels like a standup routine or monologue that was turned into a book. Ellen's warm and familiar voice is pleasant, and as always she possesses great comedic timing, but the performance, like the book, lacks substance. These disjointed anecdotes might be best saved for extremely short listening sessions. If listeners are looking for a fun performance piece centered around random thoughts on everything and nothing, this might prove enjoyable. A Grand Central hardcover. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2011-08-22 This latest collection of humorous riffs from DeGeneres (The Funny This Is...) goes down as easily as one of the comedian and talk show host's monologues. Arranged loosely around the idea of happiness and how she's found it, the term "loosely" is used loosely, since DeGeneres veers into topics as diverse as mirrors that magnify your pores (avoid them) and the secret of life (spoiler: it's kale). She's at her best and wittiest when her mind leapfrogs from topic to topic, as in the segue-or lack of one-between a chapter entitled "Ideas," in which DeGeneres recounts a thought that once came to her while hanging upside down in a Pilates machine, and "Gambling," where the reader learns such helpful tips as if you don't win the slot machine jackpot, don't despair, just go to the roulette table. There's also a smattering of serious issues-identity, homosexuality and gay marriage; inner beauty; and the dangers of labels and stereotypes-but DeGeneres handles each with humor: in "Babies, Animals, and Baby Animals," she addresses the much-asked question of whether or not she and wife Portia de Rossi will have children (no, but she can tell which end of a baby you feed). Whatever the topic, DeGeneres's compulsively readable style will appeal to fans old and new. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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