If you know anything about Ellen DeGeneres, you know not to expect a typical celebrity memoir from the comedian and talk show host. Her latest book, Seriously … I'm Kidding, instead offers an autobiographical look at her life through witty commentary based on her observations of everyday life.
There's no juicy gossip, but that doesn't mean DeGeneres isn't open and honest when discussing her love life, career or other personal details in the book. She is, as always, upbeat and optimistic even while showcasing her well-known sarcastic side.
Seriously … I'm Kidding was published in 2011, and a lot has happened in her life since her last book was released in 2003. She got married to actress Portia de Rossi, and she became an American Idol judge for the ninth season of the show. The book discusses both of these things in detail, as well as providing anecdotal thoughts about whatever is on her mind. These even include her tips on how to become a billionaire, which is far more simple than one might think. You simply make a lot of money and don't spend it, DeGeneres explains.
Instead of deep stories and a run-down of her personal history, Seriously … I'm Kidding is a hodgepodge of comedic monologues typical of DeGeneres's stand-up work. Some are more internal and would only work in print, like the chapter "For The Children" which directs those with audiobooks to download several coloring pages that accompany the audio files. Most, however, are similar to what one would expect during a stand-up show by one of the most authentic voices in comedy today.
DeGeneres is probably best known for her work on her talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and her two television series Ellen and The Ellen Show. She has won 12 Emmys, in addition to numerous awards for her charity work. She has also hosted the Academy Awards.
DeGeneres is known as an engaging speaker and began her career as a stand-up comedian, so it's only natural she's provides the voice for the audiobook version of this book as well.
Ellen returns in her third book to share some tidbits from
her life, including humorous observations, short stories, a poem, a bucket
list, and much more.
Along with the expected humor, we get a glimpse of Ellen’s
life and opinions on working for Cover Girl, her wife Portia, Oprah, her
love of animals, and her always-optimistic outlook on life. You’ll find no
stone unturned, no door unopened, no rug unvacuumed, and no ivories untickled.
Always a little goofy, Seriously…I’m Kidding is a seriously feel-good
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