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How Do You Want Me? [Paperback]

Ruby Wax
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Book Description

3 July 2003

The autumn 2002 publication of Ruby Wax's memoirs was greeted with shock - and delighted acclaim. In the tradition of the best memoirs, such as The Moon's a Balloon and Billy, Ruby Wax revealed, surprised and captured the public more than was ever predicted.

How Do You Want Me? was critically acclaimed as brutally honest, vivid and gripping. Ruby Wax's unflinching revelation of a childhood poisoned, and a youth spoiled, culminates in a moving account of her breakdown and recovery. But How Do You Want Me? is also funny, rude and irreverent. It's unusually honest about fame and celebrity and happy to burst ego-balloons and golden myths.

A brilliantly fast, furious and surprising read from the inimitable Ruby Wax.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press; New Ed edition (3 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091887895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091887896
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hilarious and affecting" (YOU Magazine)

"A dark and dazzling memoir. Waist-deep in vitriol ... but funny" (Sunday Telegraph)

"An insightful part-memoir, part-exploration, which swings from hilarity to heart-rending sadness" (OK! Magazine)

"An extraordinary and brave book that simultaneously provokes both gales of laughter and tears" (Woman and Home)

"Completely jaw-dropping" (Lynn Barber Telegraph)

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The gripping, gruelling and hilarious autobiography by Ruby Wax

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A peep into Ruby's soul 6 Dec 2002
In this fast and furious book the comedian Ruby Wax bares her all. Abusive parents who contined abusing until she was way into late adulthood, lead her to rebel and shaped the ascerbic wit for which she's justifiably famous. With the help of her clearly loving and patient husband, three children and good friends, combined with her own intelligence she managed to emerge from the dark tunnel. A brilliant and in my view very brave description of someone who has known severe depression and breakdown and managed to overcome it. It is however written in such an intense style - for some readers it might just be a little too close to home. A very good read, but I would have liked to discover more about her professional life - but maybe that will come in a different book, for which there is definitely room ...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You Go Girl! 10 Feb 2003
Ruby Wax has proved herself a wonderfully talented writer as she has done the nearly impossible by turning her own life's story into a book that's at once touching, bravely honest, sincere, funny and ENTERTAINING without a smidge of sentimentality. (Well, maybe just a smidge, the last page did bring on the tears.) Reading this book was like eating a Hershey's Special Dark chocolate bar, bittersweet and you can't get enough of it! In spite of all the bitter, difficult times, Ruby gets through it, heading all the time for the sweet, and "How sweet it is!"
YOU GO GIRL! I highly recommend this book. It's an easy read. It'll touch you heart...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Full Wax 7 Oct 2003
Being someone whose more likely to whack on a dvd than bother with a book, Ruby's autobiog came as a welcome surprise. From playground to priory clinic and back, Ms Wax invites us into her tortured childhood, desperate attempts at fame and more importantly her unique sense of humour. These combine with a girls anger, strict Jewish father and freakish mother to tell her touching story. Although, unlike many other celbrity tales Wax don't want pity as she dishes out words of wisdom for every desperate wannabe/would be mother/wife or fruitcake.
This book is a must for Wax haters and appreciators, one of the best comedy writers of the past fifteen years. This is well written with accompanying photos to add more amusement, fantastic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the hysterical life, of a hysterical women 22 Jun 2004
This book is truly captivating. I couldn't put it down. Not a good choice for those who wanted to reach the depths of Ruby's soul, anxious to know her fears and troubles - but definitely a must for those who wish to share her hilarious life memories. Find yourself in fits of laughter with her experiences of life as an ugly, easily anipulated child. Paying club fees to the leader of a club in which she was the only member besides the leader, and having her first shag in a hotel room she sneaked into. Revealing any more would ruin the funny events of this book and I could not attempt to recreate the scenes as Ruby does! enjoy....
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
As an American living in London, I found myself fascinated with Ruby Wax and how one American celebrity could make such a following for herself (or pure dislike by many). I was intrigued to learn the history of her childhood, which she clearly describes yet never fully admits the physical torment she endured. It is wonderful to see what she has taken from a distructive childhood, created a very entertaining individual, dealing with her pain and coming through it all with forgiveness. If you are a Ruby Wax fan, or at all intrigued, I highly recommend reading this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 6 Oct 2003
By Luis P
If you are a Ruby Wax fan or even just generally like her, you must get this book! It is funny, excrutuatingly so at times, honest and very revealing. Ruby's tone is as it is often on TV and the gags have her signiture all over them. But there is more here - truth, revelation and reflection. Do read it. I read it in 4 hours! Could not let go.
If, on the other hand you happen to dislike Ruby Wax, then perhaps you would get a lot less out of it. But who knows...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mediocre 4 Oct 2011
By jess
really NOT as great as I hoped.Yes,it has her humour and wise cracks but Id hoped for a little more depth and revealing insight.It felt more like another medium to get her jokes out and therefore was all rather familiar.Felt a bit short changed and raced through it to get it over with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional -- hilarious and insightful 28 Aug 2011
I bought this book for research, as I needed to read the chapter on the Royal Shakespeare Company. I ended up reading the whole book, because it's transfixingly good and very funny and creative, while being searingly honest at the same time.

Carrie Fisher's note on the back of the book says, "If David Sedaris and Whoopi Goldberg had an illegitimate child it would be Ruby and from what I read about her family they would have made better parents."

It's really an extraordinary journey that Ruby has been on (her parents had serious psychological problems). But the book is super entertaining and funny. It doesn't read like a humdrum memoir at all -- it's always interesting and easy to read. Ruby knows how to pack a world of information into just a few words, so what you get is almost a kind of Reader's Digest version -- and a sidesplittingly funny one at that -- of her life, learnings, and insight.

One of the best chapters is about fame -- fantastic insight about the superfamous from someone who has interviewed them all, and also insight from the point of view of her own seduction by fame and attention. Who knew that Ruby Wax was a wise woman?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking but hilarious!!!
This book was utterly brilliant! I absolutely loved it. She relates the horrors of being the only child of totally inadequate parents with such humour that I do not recommend... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Reginald
3.0 out of 5 stars How do I want you? I want you to get past your parent issues!
This was an entertaining read, of someone who's had unusual and challenging life experiences. However, by the end something still felt 'unresolved' - like it was missing a couple... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Avatar Gyatso
4.0 out of 5 stars A Troubled Relationship
this book was written whilst her parents were alive albeit with dementia creeping in.she clearly had great problems with her parents and much of this book concerns itself with the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Wingate
2.0 out of 5 stars Not intresting
Found this book tedious & boring. Having read her 2nd book first(..which was excellent) I expected a good read. But I wouldn't be put off if Ruby writes another book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alba
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest book I've read in a very long time
So funny, Ruby's tongue in cheek humour hits me everytime. I read this book in an afternoon and simply could not put it down. Read more
Published 8 months ago by MISS KEWISH
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly funny and tear jerkingly moving
Ruby has written a fantastic book looking back over her awesome career and shares her struggles of growing up. I read it in two days - I just couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Miranda B
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Warming
Ruby is quite dislikeable at times, because she remains herself chronologically. But by the end of the book I was warmed and had a tear in my eye. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bert
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
I really enjoyed reading about Ruby Wax. This book kept me interested all the way . Ruby was a real tare away .
Published 15 months ago by KKay
4.0 out of 5 stars Ruby Wax's early life story
Arrived in god time and in condition as described. A poignant description of Ruby Wax's early life however, I must confess, I did not finish the book.
Published 22 months ago by Jill Kemp
5.0 out of 5 stars The real Ruby
As normal from Amazon the order was received super quick on the standard delivery rate. The wife loved the book and keeping her awake and thoroughly entertained .
Published on 22 Sep 2011 by Mr. P. M. Glover
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