My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir through (Un)Popular Culture Audiobook, by Guy Branum Play Audiobook Sample

My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir through (Un)Popular Culture Audiobook

My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir through (Un)Popular Culture Audiobook, by Guy Branum Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Guy Branum, Mindy Kaling Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.17 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: July 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781508265696

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Longest Chapter Length:

52:14 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

22 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

24:58 minutes

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Publisher Description

In the vein of New York Times bestsellers Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby, a collection of side-splitting and illuminating essays by the popular stand-up comedian, alum of Chelsea Lately and The Mindy Project, and host of truTV’s Talk Show the Game Show.

From a young age, Guy Branum always felt as if he were on the outside looking in.

Self-taught, introspective, and from a stiflingly boring farm town, he couldn’t relate to his neighbors. While other boys played outside, he stayed indoors reading Greek mythology. And being gay and overweight, he got used to diminishing himself. But little by little, he started learning from all the sad, strange, lonely outcasts in history who had come before him, and he started to feel hope.

In this collection of personal essays, Guy talks about finding a sense of belonging at Berkeley—and stirring up controversy in a newspaper column that led to a run‑in with the Secret Service. He recounts the pitfalls of being typecast as the “Sassy Gay Friend,” and how, after taking a wrong turn in life (i.e. law school), he found stand‑up comedy and artistic freedom. He analyzes society’s calculated deprivation of personhood from fat people, and how, though it’s taken him a while to accept who he is, he has learned that with a little patience and a lot of humor, self-acceptance is possible.

Written with Guy’s characteristic blend of wit, guile, and rumination, My Life as a Goddess is an unforgettable and deeply moving book by one of today’s most endearing and galvanizing voices in comedy.

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“Keenly observant and intelligent, Branum’s book not only offers uproarious insights into walking paths less traveled but also into what self-acceptance means in a world still woefully intolerant of difference. Wickedly smart, funny, and witty.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 


  • “In his unusually introspective and entertaining memoir, Mr. Branum reveals himself as a trenchant, surprising critic.”

    — New York Times
  • “As funny as it is poignant.”

    — BuzzFeed
  • “Readers get a tour of his life and the pop culture landscape with one of the funniest and wittiest tour guides in town.”

    — Lambda Literary
  • “Branum…has a way of throwing out biting asides that make this audiobook that much more fun than the book.”

    — BookPage
  • “Combines sharp insight and self-deprecating humor in this sparkling collection of essays…Incisive and witty.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “It’s often enough for a comedian to be very funny. Guy Branum not only makes you laugh out loud; his perspective is singular, genuinely ballsy, and essential.”

    — Billy Eichner, comedian and actor


  • A BookPage Top Pick of Audiobooks about Pop Culture

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About Guy Branum

Guy Branum is a stand-up comedian and television writer. He has written culture and political commentary for such publications as Slate, the New York Times, and The Huffington Post. Guy’s debut comedy album, Effable, hit #1 on the iTunes and Billboard charts. He currently hosts Talk Show the Game Show on truTV.

About Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling is an Emmy-nominated Indian-American actress, comedienne, writer and producer. She shot to fame with her cross-dressing impersonation of Ben Affleck in a play she co-wrote, entitled Matt & Ben and then went on to write for the US version of The Office, before going on to portray Kelly Kapoor in the TV series. She has had cameos in The 40-Year-Old Virgin and appeared in The Five-Year Engagement with Jason Segel. She is also the creator and star of the FOX television show, The Mindy Project. She lives in rural New Hampshire and does not own a TV.