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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (439 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lizz Winstead Narrator: Lizz Winstead Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9781101564509
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Lizz Winstead, cocreator of The Daily Show and one of today’s most hilarious comedians and insightful social critics, pens a brilliant account of how she discovered her comedic voice.

In this collection of autobiographical essays, Winstead vividly recounts how she fought to find her own voice, both as a comedian and as a woman, and how humor became her most powerful weapon in confronting life’s challenges.

Growing up in the Midwest, the youngest child of conservative Catholic parents, Winstead learned early in her life that the straightforward questions she posed to various authority figures around her—her parents, her parish priest, even an anti-abortion counselor—prompted many startled looks and uncomfortable silences but few answers. Her questions rattled people because they exposed the inconsistencies and hypocrisies in the people and institutions she confronted. Yet she didn’t let that stop her from pursuing her dreams.

Funny and biting, honest and poignant, this no-holds-barred collection gives an in-depth look into the life of one of today’s most influential comic voices. In writing about her childhood, longing to be a priest, her role in developing The Daily Show, and her often problematic habit of diving into everything head first, asking questions later (resulting in multiple rescue-dog adoptions and travel disasters), Lizz Winstead has tapped an outrageous and heartfelt vein of the all-too-human comedy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Sharply witty and iconoclastic. Elle 
  • “Searching and lively … and moving. … Ms. Winstead writes with a feel for the sound of words. The New York Times
  • “Engaging…Winstead proves that she’s got a writer’s touch. Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • “With this book, Lizz Winstead takes us on a hilarious, honest, moving and insightful journey. It is the journey of a funny, fearless woman as she finds her voice and shares it with the world. Arianna Huffington
  • Reading Lizz Winstead's hilarious collection of very personal essays somehow leaves you changed.  You laugh, and yet there are nutrients in her words. Sarah Silverman
  • Lizz Winstead has written a fantastically readable collection. I really did laugh, and then, I really did cry.  Most important, though, I found someone I can leave my dogs with, should I have to flee the country. Julie Klam
  • Lizz Free or Die is brilliantly funny and razor sharp. Lizz Winstead observes our times with candor, hope and a gimlet eye. She is a national treasure. Adriana Trigiani
  • Reading Winstead is like hanging out with Winstead: invigorating, infuriating, and hilarious. Patton Oswalt
  • “Charming… with insight and understated humor. Mother Jones
  • “[An] indelible, hilarious, often poignant romp. American Way
  • “Political satirist and stand-up comedian Winstead… [is] shrewdly observant, linguistically adept, bravely soul-baring, and caustically smart. Booklist
  • “Reading Lizz Winstead's hilarious collection of very personal essays somehow leaves you changed. You laugh, and yet there are nutrients in her words.”

    Sarah Silverman

  • “Funny, thoughtful… recommended. Library Journal
  • “With this book, Lizz Winstead takes us on a hilarious, honest, moving and insightful journey. It is the journey of a funny, fearless woman as she finds her voice and shares it with the world.”

    Arianna Huffington

  • “Reading Winstead is like hanging out with Winstead: invigorating, infuriating, and hilarious.”

    Patton Oswalt

  • “Searching and lively…and moving…Ms. Winstead writes with a feel for the sound of words.”

    New York Times

  • “Charming…with insight and understated humor.”

    Mother Jones

  • “Sharply witty and iconoclastic.”

    Elle

  • “Engaging…Winstead proves that she’s got a writer’s touch.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “Political satirist and stand-up comedian Winstead…[is] shrewdly observant, linguistically adept, bravely soul-baring, and caustically smart.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 1/31/2014

    " A fantastic collection of thoughts by one of a those terrors to the status quo: a woman who has and expresses her opinions. Aside from being a solid lefty, Lizz demonstrates her Minnesota influence in just about everything she does... and says. Child-free by choice, sarcastic by nature, a dog lover from her big ole bleeding heart, and unafraid to use her brain... Lizz is just like me. What's not to love? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo Ann | 1/24/2014

    " Funny comic shares stories about her upbringing, education, stand up and tv/radio career. Enjoyed learning about this business and her successes along the way. I also appreciate the honesty, discusses the problems that pop up in life (we all have them, except for the phonies)and how she trudges through them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 1/20/2014

    " Loved it! She was living in Minneapolis during the early 80s, hanging out at First Ave, so that chapter in itself makes the book worth reading, but it's a good funny read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen Boudinot | 1/19/2014

    " I was surprised that the best parts were about her family and adventures as a young comic--if you're looking into some behind-the-scenes intrigue about The Daily Show you won't really find it here. If you're a funny and smart woman this book is a must-read, though. You may even find it inspiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tess | 1/19/2014

    " I'm fascinated by well-crafted personal essays. Most of the essays in this book fall into that category. A few seem to have been included to facilitate name-dropping. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther Bradley-detally | 1/10/2014

    " a good read indeed; funny, contemporary, authentic, phrases that catch you; began standup in the early days when women standups were a rare breed; co-creator and former head writer of The Daily Show, and one of the founds of Air America Radio. You go girl! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darcy | 1/7/2014

    " I generally really like books written by comedians, but sometimes they aren't quite my breed of humor, as was the case with this one. There were some funny stories, but I didn't take to her tone/style enough to keep it on the top of my reading pile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanna | 12/16/2013

    " Funny, scathing, and a reminder that I haven't done nearly enough in my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 katie | 12/8/2013

    " I laughed, I cried. I laughed 'til I cried. Loved hearing about her growing-up-years in Minnesota, behind the scenes on all her projects, including the Daily Show, comics she came up with, etc. This might be the best memoir (or collection of "messays") I've read in a long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Pat | 12/2/2013

    " Thank you Julie Fellegy! a great read by Lizz Winstead--funny, real, poignant stories from the original creator of The Daily Show. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia Geller | 11/29/2013

    " If you want a laugh then read this book. Once the head writer for the Daily Show - funny but it is hard to write a memoir about being funny. Enjoyed it but guess you had to be there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 11/23/2013

    " I've admired and laughed at Lizz's work for years, had become better acquainted with her via Twitter, and now know how much more we think alike that I'd realized. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marka | 11/20/2013

    " This book was real, and it was funny. And that's about as good as it gets. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 6/29/2013

    " Giving this book an extra star because it is so, so, so refreshing to read a non self-deprecating book by a female comedian. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loraine Lawson | 5/12/2013

    " This is fun read, with both serious issues and humor. It's not a series of funny stories, but a real auto-biography. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert | 4/10/2013

    " I thought this would be funny. Either it was not intended to be funny or it failed for me. I think its more of the former. Still, it was well-written, technically speaking, and somewhat interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Rosendahl | 2/24/2013

    " I enjoyed this book on many levels. She was one of the original creators of "The Daily Show" and Air America Radio. Definitely an interesting lady. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 1/30/2013

    " Funny, unrepentant, she created The Daily Show for cryin out loud! If you don't laugh at her adventures in rescue dog selection and exotic travel then you have no sense of humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 1/18/2013

    " The essays she writes about her family life and religion are hilarious and sometimes touching. I wasn't that crazy about her essays about her career, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/28/2012

    " Hilarious and honest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 9/3/2012

    " Impressive variety of personal essays -- Lizz is funny, sincere and honest throughout. "

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