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A hilarious audiobook about one woman’s lifelong collection of wonderfully massive screwups

Have you ever made a decision you instantly regretted? Humiliated yourself in a room of your peers, or shamed yourself in front of your massive crush? Ever blown a job interview, frozen during a presentation, acted like a total idiot on a date? Ever said the wrong thing at the wrong time, unable to keep your tongue from flapping out the stupidest words you’ve ever said in your life, ever? If you are a human being, the answer, of course, is yes. Take heart. You’re not alone. This is known as the self-inflicted wound, and every one of us bears a scar. Or several.

Here, Aisha Tyler, comedian, actress, cohost of CBS’ The Talk, star of Archer, and creator of the top-ranked podcast Girl on Guy, serves up a spectacular collection of her own self-inflicted wounds. From almost setting herself on fire, to vomiting on a boy she liked, to getting drunk and sleeping through the SATs, to going into crushing debt to pay for college and then throwing away her degree to become a comedian, Aisha’s life has been a series of spectacularly epic fails. And she’s got the scars to prove it. Literally.

Through it all, Aisha’s triumphs haven’t come in spite of the failures, but because of them. Because with every failure comes a lesson learned, a strength revealed, a fear overcome, or an adventure braved. Self-Inflicted Wounds isn’t just about surviving failure. It’s about embracing failure and pursuing it, even on the winding path to success. And after you’ve failed a time or three, hopefully you’ll have learned something. Or at the very least have a really killer story. Because to err is human, but to fail epically is hilarious.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If you’re the type of sicko who enjoys a hilariously talented person debasing herself for your amusement, then Self-Inflicted Wounds is the book for you.”

    Andy Richter

  • “Self-inflicted wounds are the nastiest, most painful, and most likely to fester. Also the funniest. Aisha brings back every awful, suicidally stupid, shameful, and all-too-familiar episode of a life well lived. Reading this book made me feel a lot better about myself. Prepare to be horrified—and entertained.”

    Anthony Bourdain

  • “We all do stupid stuff, sometimes on purpose. But rarely do we ever talk about it, let alone publish an in-depth retelling—leave it to Aisha Tyler to help us all feel a little less dumb and a little more connected.”

    Seth Green

  • “Good God. The Amazon can write. And write well. We are doomed.”

    Patton Oswalt

  • “One of the most kick-ass women I know, Aisha Tyler hilariously rips herself open and shows you her guts. On the schadenfreude scale, Self-Inflicted Wounds is a ten.”

    Felicia Day

  • “Aisha Tyler’s incredibly vivid stories of going for big air only to land flat on her face (or possibly a rusty spike) are a unique combination of cringe-worthy and inspiring. That she shares these stories makes me love her all the more.”

    Bill Burr

  • “A beautifully tortured and sick-with-self-consciousness manifesto of regret. I’m equal parts proud and embarrassed for Aisha Tyler, which doesn’t get in the way of my loving her.”

    Margaret Cho

  • “Aisha Tyler is one of the smartest, funniest women I’ve had the good fortune of meeting. She makes me laugh every time I see her—and this is coming from the guy who thinks women aren’t funny.”

    Adam Carolla

  • “What Aisha says about embracing your fear and using mistakes to forge character is beautiful. What she says about Oprah is unforgivable.”

    Baratunde Thurston

  • “Self-inflicted wounds. We all have them, but no one exploits their own pain for the funny like Aisha Tyler.”

    Wayne Brady

  • “Aisha Tyler’s brain moves faster than a shock spell from the hands of a lightning mage. She is hilarious, hyperarticulate, and will kick your ass in Call of Duty.”

    Chris Hardwick

  • “Aisha Tyler’s book, Self-Inflicted Wounds, is an uplifting, hilarious trek through her life of insults, agonies and failures. Each story is not only painfully funny, but it’s also thoughtful and stunningly candid. I really do love this book.”

    Jay Chandrasekhar, actor and comedian

  • “In her new book, Aisha Tyler embarrasses and humiliates herself for 231 pages—to our extreme reading pleasure.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Smart, sassy, and surprisingly wise.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller
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About the Author

Aisha Tyler made history as the first female and first African American host of E! Entertainment’s cult hit Talk Soup. She went on to be the first African American to have a long-running arc on NBC’s Friends. Tyler currently cohosts CBS’ The Talk and voices superspy Lana Kane on FX’s smash animated series Archer.