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on 17 May 2013
A very funny book by a very funny standup. What makes Marc Maron so compelling and interesting is that he is always trying to figure himself out, to understand what makes him tick the wrong way, and then fix that. This is fairly difficult because you come face to face with all the ugliness inside, but this is also absolutely necessary to evolve into someone better. It may sound like `self-help' - but it's not that simplistic. It's about how to become a better human being, to connect better with the people around you, and to understand and appreciate the world you find yourself in. This struggle is what his comedy and his fantastic podcast has been about all the time, and this is also the theme of this book. Of course, Maron does all this while being very funny, genuine and honest, with prose that echoes the rhythm and diction of beat writers. Good stuff.
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on 14 May 2013
If you like the podcast and/or generally think too much about your life and know the anxiety and chaos which can ensue when you 'over'think things, you'll love this book.
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on 14 September 2014
I really like Marc Maron and this book is a pleasant and funny read. However if you've watched his IFC show 'Maron' or seen his comedy special 'Thinky Pain' you're already very familiar with the content.
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on 12 May 2013
If you like Marc's podcast and standup, this if for you. It's self indulgent, egocentric, neurotic honest, real and funny. Exactly what you expect from Marc.
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on 10 September 2014
Like Marc Maron's standup and podcast this book is a deep dive into a profoundly wounded soul. At times you feel as though you are drawn too close to his heart and mind, and yet this is when this book is at its most hilarious. Clearly written and quickly consumed Attempting Normal stays with the reader long after they have lent it to a friend.
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on 7 March 2016
I'm a big fan of Maron, his stand-up, his podcast, his TV show and just the man himself.

"Attempting Normal" is a good read but if you're already over-familiar with his work then there's not much new here. The material itself is solid but it's much better when delivered by Maron directly.
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on 24 October 2013
There are obvious laughs in the first pass; the second read will allow you to appreciate the risk the author takes. I'm a fan so not entirely subjective, but there are many things here to chew on for those of us who try to live a life in balance.
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on 19 June 2013
Smile worthy with laughs along the way, this introspective mix of self hate and comedy is a window into Marc. Bit short if I'm honest but there's no padding. WTF FTW in my opinion. End.
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on 17 November 2014
A great read. Some repeat stories from his podcast, but honestly if you're a big enough fan to notice you've heard the story before, you're a big enough fan to enjoy this book anyway.
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on 16 November 2014
Great cover sleeve and the hard cover is very minimalistic and looks great on a shelf. Bought as present for my SO and she enjoyed it a lot as a fan of Maron.
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