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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,534 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Lynch Narrator: Jane Lynch Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9781401326142
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In the summer of 1974, a fourteen-year-old girl in Dolton, Illinois, had a dream. A dream to become an actress, like her idols Ron Howard and Vicki Lawrence. But it was a long way from the South Side of Chicago to Hollywood, and it didn’t help that she’d recently dropped out of the school play, The Ugly Duckling. Or that the Hollywood casting directors she wrote to replied that “professional training was a requirement.”

But the funny thing is, it all came true. Through a series of happy accidents, Jane Lynch created an improbable—and hilarious—path to success. In those early years, despite her dreams, she was also consumed with anxiety, feeling out of place in both her body and her family. To deal with her worries about her sexuality, she escaped in positive ways—such as joining a high school chorus not unlike the one in Glee—but also found destructive outlets. She started drinking almost every night her freshman year of high school and developed a mean and judgmental streak that turned her into a real-life Sue Sylvester.

Then, at thirty-one, she started to get her life together. She was finally able to embrace her sexuality, come out to her parents, and quit drinking for good. Soon after, a Frosted Flakes commercial and a chance meeting in a coffee shop led to a role in the Christopher Guest movie Best in Show, which helped her get cast in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Similar coincidences and chance meetings led to roles in movies starring Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, and even Meryl Streep in 2009’s Julie & Julia. Then, of course, came the two lucky accidents that truly changed her life. Getting lost in a hotel led to an introduction to her future wife, Lara. Then a series she’d signed up for abruptly got canceled, making it possible for her to take the role of Sue Sylvester in Glee, which made her a megastar.

Today Jane Lynch has finally found the contentment she thought she’d never have. Part comic memoir and part inspirational narrative, this is a book equally for the rabid Glee fan and for anyone who needs a new perspective on life, love, and success.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Amid all the jokes she cracks, Lynch deserves credit for honestly and seriously handling subjects that could have been melodramatic minefields with a lightness that doesn't drag the reader into a morass of therapeutic psychobabble. Many celebrity memoirs are so obviously ghostwritten that it seems fair to wonder whether the alleged author even knows the book has been published. But, refreshingly, the prose in Happy Accidents reads like it's been pecked out on a laptop keyboard by Lynch herself.”

    Washington Post

  • “[A] compelling memoir packed with personal revelations…Her honest insights make this a potent page-turner.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Lynch is an experienced voice-over performer and great reader of her own story.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darlene | 2/16/2014

    " I enjoyed the book. She doesn't hide her warts and failings at all. She's not perfect and knows it and lives with it. It's not a feel good book but it still makes you smile. I love her wry humor and sarcasm. A good read over all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/12/2014

    " (Non-Fiction, Memoir) I loved Jane Lynch in the Christopher Guest movies and love her, love her, love her in Glee as the evil Sue Sylvester. Her memoir is an honest and heavy narrative of her sexuality, her acting career, her great family, her battle with alcoholism, and her reflectance to romantic commitment. She is funny at times, but most of the time, she is as real as death and taxes, which was just fine with me. For fans of Jane Lynch and fans of Bossypants by Tina Fey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susie | 2/9/2014

    " Started off pretty well but got slower in the middle section whilst talking about her acting jobs. Touching and funny in places. A decent read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 2/5/2014

    " I'm a big fan of Jane Lynch, but this book was a bit plodding and didn't provide much illumination about what makes her such a funny person. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty | 2/1/2014

    " A very nice book with some good laughs and life lessons. Two thumbs up! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 1/30/2014

    " A pleasant ride-along/workout companion. There are certain beats that most celebrity memoirs hit, and certain cliche phrases you get used to when you read enough of them. So there is nothing ground-breaking about Lynch's story, other than a certain humility she has about how seriously she took herself before she had done anything anyone knows her for. And that is a little refreshing. Lynch's Path to Sobriety beats are not tragic, but honest. The read itself is good -- Lynch doesn't try to yuck it up too much, and emotes without ACTING. I don't think I called BS on any of her anecdotes. Is that how far my bar has been set? It's good. it's fine. Oh just read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 1/16/2014

    " Jane Lynch's early life (which comprises the bulk of this novel) was surprisingly dark, and she was not unlike her current character Sue Sylvester on Glee. Reading about her painful struggles, self-hatred, and alcoholism was difficult. The pictures add an intimate and sometimes amusing touch. I really wanted to skip to the happy part of her life, when she meets her spouse and her career picks up (to put it lightly) but by then, the book was almost over! Kudos to Lynch for her brutal honesty and I wish her well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jacqueline | 1/16/2014

    " I was slow to read this book due to the end of the school semester and the holidays getting in the way. Overall, Jane Lynch wrote a poignant memoir which was both funny and emotionally charged. She plays one of my favorite characters on television (Sue Sylvester) and I was happy to read about the woman behind the character. An interesting life story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 1/16/2014

    " While this is not the next great American novel, the book greatly surprised me. Lynch really opened up her heart and this was not just another comedian's book. Really good, fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee Rigdon | 1/2/2014

    " Quick, heartfelt, funny read. Started it yesterday afternoon, finished last night. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Beztilny | 12/16/2013

    " I wish I could give 3 1/2! It was a good, easy read. Interesting woman, life and story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 elizabeth | 12/13/2013

    " A fun audiobook, even if you're not a gleek and more of a Christopher Guest/Party Down fan, like me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 10/21/2013

    " Fun book and good read, especially her time in improv. It's not a stellar as Tina Fey's but it is better than the average celebrity memoir. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 7/6/2013

    " A very enjoyable book. I never really heard of Jane Lynch until "Glee". That is why I decided to read her story. And I am glad I did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danne | 6/21/2013

    " Absolutely loved this book! Jane has a fun and easy style of writing that moves effortlessly from one great anecdote to another. Highly recommend it specifically if you are looking to get into the business of show! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Malia | 5/16/2013

    " book club book. it was fun reading about her rise to fame and love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessie Moberg | 3/25/2013

    " As much as I love Jane Lynch, I found the narrative to be somewhat erratic. I enjoyed the stories, I just wish they had better continuity. I can say with certainty, however, that the epilogue was my favorite part. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey | 2/27/2013

    " Quick read. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney Peck | 1/7/2013

    " Fabulous, friendly, personal and touched with intimate humor that made me fall in love with her just a little bit more with each chapter. I'm a fan to the end and wish I knew her personally, probably the only "celebrity" I feel this way about :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryn Laughner | 12/29/2012

    " I love Jane Lynch! This book was not as funny as Tina fey's, but I found it to be more "real". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 11/12/2012

    " I had fun learning about Jane's childhood and growth into an actor. The flow of information could have been grouped better and more effectively than just straight chronological order, but overall, it was an enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 1/4/2012

    " Amazing autobiography of Jane Lynch and her slow rise to stardom, through her trials and tribulations with shows, partners, and her family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 11/11/2011

    " This was a nice light read. It was interesting to hear some of Jane's history, but I prefer a story with more structure. I like how the story wraps up at the end (who doesn't like a happy ending?). "

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About the Author
Author Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch grew up on the South Side of Chicago and currently lives in Los Angeles. She married Dr. Lara Embry in 2010, and was lucky enough to get two daughters in the deal.