My Booky Wook

My Booky Wook

A Memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-up

Book - 2009
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"A child's garden of vices, My Booky Wook is also a relentless ride with a comic mind clearly at the wheel.... The bloke can write. He rhapsodizes about heroin better than anyone since Jim Carroll. With the flick of his enviable pen, he can summarize childhood thus: 'My very first utterance in life was not a single word, but a sentence. It was, 'Don't do that.'... Russell Brand has a compelling story." -- New York Times Book Review

The gleeful and candid New York Times bestselling autobiography of addiction, recovery, and rise to fame from Russell Brand, star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and one of the biggest personalities in comedy today.

Publisher: New York : Collins, 2009.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780061730412
0061730416
Branch Call Number: 792.7028 BRAND R
Characteristics: x, 353 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

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AL_TIEGAN Nov 28, 2016

I LOVE Russell Brand.. However, this book was kind of difficult to read. While it is good insight into Russell's journey and how he came to be in the celebrity world, his writing style is difficult to follow. He jumps all over the place - there is no linear timeline to follow throughout the book. As a known comedian, Russell does work to make jokes throughout his book in his typical style, but most the joke run flat. I wish there was a audio book version, read by him, so I could *hear* the jokes, because so many were missed by just reading them off the page with out his vocal inflections to make things funny.

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mnunez2012
Jul 21, 2016

I got to the end of part one around page 100 before I had to turn the book in to avoid any late fees. I really enjoyed what I read. He is a very intelligent and funny man. He reveals a lot of information about his past which puts him in a very human, often negative light but he does it in such a clever way that he never really loses that mysterious and charming vibe that is so characteristic of him. I never knew he had been sexually abused as a child (twice) and think that it was brave of him to share that with his audience. All in all, I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a unique comedian who offers a "brand" of humor that is distinctive and intellectually stimulating.

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tlc1of3
Oct 02, 2014

Brand writes like Cher looks, circa 1980's! His corybantic voice rings through his crackerjack turn of phrase. Riveting are his insights into his self-destruction and restoration. His story is as intoxicating as a kiss from Molly. I'm hooked! - See more at: http://ottawa.bibliocommons.com/item/show/353002026_my_booky_wook#sthash.LKfA9czx.dpuf

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tlc1of3
Oct 02, 2014

Brand writes like Cher looks, circa 1980's! His corybantic voice rings through his crackerjack turn of phrase. Riveting are his insights into his self-destruction and restoration. His story is as intoxicating as a kiss from Molly. I'm hooked!

polar_bear Jan 06, 2012

Well, this is Russell Brand, so I wasn't exactly expecting dainty language and sensitive subject matter. Still it was hysterical, and oddly touching in places, I was interested to perceive him as a person who is often -- although not always -- growing and learning, and that was unexpected. He can be very self-aware, and a lot of that material is painful. He's indeed courageous to be sharing it.

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chicat
Dec 12, 2011

this book made me fall in love with him! :) He is amazing.

emerald2pac Oct 12, 2011

Very funny book although sad childhood stories told and somewhat hard to understand at times but I think that is due to not being from England.

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velvetcactus
Jun 09, 2010

Not your typical tale of redemption, I tell you!
Clearly an intelligent chap, in desparte need of a haircut, with a garguantuan appetite for destruction. He has moments of deep clarity and humour on the human condition. His conquering of some of his demons was nothing short of miraculous-even inspirational. He has earned his proverbial second chance to leave bridges (and birds) unburnt in America. Go see the movie "Get Him to the Greek" then read this book- you will see it's Russell Brand playing himself.

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Nefret3
Mar 08, 2010

Great book although some of the British references get lost in translation to North Americans. The character he plays in 'Forgetting Sarah Marshal' pretty much is the real him. Writes like he speaks - not grammerically correct. Can't wait or the next booky wook!

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