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Author: Alan Cumming Narrator: Alan Cumming Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9781531835583
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A beloved actor and famous man-on-the-scene, Alan Cumming takes the reader on a wild journey of pithy and cheeky fun, presenting his real-life stories of debauchery during late night Hollywood parties, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and hilarious yet poignant memories of his life, family, and friends. If you were to put David Sedaris and Glenn O’Brien in a blender and add a dash of New York and Hollywood gossip, you would wind up with Alan Cumming. Described by Time magazine as "one of the most fun people in show business," Cumming is a genuine triple-threat as a successful stage, television, and film star whose real-life vivacity, sophisticated wit, and charm tend to match that of his onstage personalities. In his third book, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams, he has composed a collection of true-life adventures—or rather, misadventures—that is sure to make the reader laugh out loud. This volume recounts the hysterical and sometimes embarrassing encounters that only Cumming could experience, from awkwardly entertaining Elizabeth Taylor at Carrie Fisher’s birthday party to being on a movie set with Helen Mirren and being mocked for wearing Croc sandals to making a friend’s day by chasing down Oprah at a glitzy gala for a prized photograph with her. These forty-five stories are humorous novellas, each featuring memorable photographs—many simply snapshots taken by Cumming—that document or illustrate the tale told.

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  • “Alan Cumming’s narration of his own collection of reminiscences bursts out of one’s speakers with passion and verve. Cumming’s Scottish accent is a delight to listen to as he enthuses about topics that range from Crocs to chest hair, speaks with loving sadness of the death of his dog, Honey, and slides into American accents to relay the words of other people who enter his stories, including Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth Taylor, and Liza Minnelli. The vignettes are based on photos included in a PDF that accompanies the production, but Cumming’s wit, good humor, and attention to just the right details in his writing and performance are more than enough on their own to keep listeners riveted.”


  • “The pictures—and stories—are intimate, mischievous, funny, and poignant. It’s a rare self-portrait by an actor in an era when most are wary of revealing too much.”

    Town and Country

  • “Rife with entertaining anecdotes, as well as personal reflections and at times shrewdly insightful commentary on his adopted country.”

    SF Gate

  • “A passion for photography has stayed with Cumming, all his life…[His] book of forty-five short essays [is] accompanied by his photos.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

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About the Author

Alan Cumming is an award-winning actor, singer, writer, producer, and director. He recently starred in an acclaimed one-man staging of Macbeth on Broadway and appears on the Emmy Award–winning television show The Good Wife. Cumming won a Tony Award for his portrayal of the Emcee in the Broadway musical Cabaret. He is the winner of the 2015 Audie Award for Best Autobiography/Memoir narration and Best Narration by the Author Award as well as six Audiofile Earphones Awards. He hosts PBS Masterpiece Mystery and has appeared in numerous films, including Spy Kids, Titus, X2: X-Men United, The Anniversary Party, Any Day Now, and Eyes Wide Shut.