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  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (23 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743597362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743597364
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 13.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This is such a good book, It normally takes me months to read but this only took me 4 days I couldn't put it down, it's humours as well as feeling sorry for him with his eating disorder he manages to deliver it in a serious but funny tone and had me laughing out loud as well as welling up at times with some of the stories. Excellent book can't recommend enough
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Truly Inspiring. 23 Feb. 2010
By Ashley Leonard - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Jeff Garlin has created a truly inspiring piece of work. He shines a light on environmental awareness, as well as self improvement. He demonstrates the process of reaching both goals quite effectively, with just the right amount of Garlin-esque humor along the way. The first chapter will have you chuckling aloud before things even get kicked off. My Footprint is a short read but thoroughly entertaining. Curb fans will laugh as they recall the scenes that My Footprint takes them through. However, it's not a Curb-centered book, therefore Non-Curb fans won't find themselves uninterested in the least. The addict in all of us, whatever the addiction, will identify with Garlin and begin to pull for his success. Garlin will manage to motivate the most unmotivated and amuse you in the process.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Waste of Time 5 April 2010
By Barrie W. Bracken - Published on
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Jeff Garlin's "My footprint; carrying the weight of the world" had a couple of stories that were pretty funny. But overall I was disappointed in the book. Perhaps it was my own expectation that he'd come to some major epiphany that I could savor for years to come. However, he vaguely touched on weight loss techniques/strategies while he shamelessly promoted his work, name dropped about celebrities he knows, and sold the merit of energy efficiency. I would not recommend this book to someone looking for inspiration; it's more for someone looking for autobiographical information on the comedian.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Lacks focus 4 Mar. 2010
By Jon Hunt - Published on
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One has to have great empathy for Jeff Garlin's longtime struggle with his weight and health. It clearly defines his life, as he points out in his new book, "My Footprint". I wonder, however, exactly why this book was written.

At the end of the book Garlin suggests that people with similar disorders need an impetus and "My Footprint" is his contribution. That's a noble thought but his book doesn't reflect much of that impetus as largely he seems to continue down the same path of failure. Mostly a narrative with a diary bent, Garlin's book neither picks up much steam along the way nor goes anywhere. He's always suffering. We hear that at the beginning and at the end. It's a loop of angst.

There is a side view of his wanting to be "green" and all the steps he takes to make his own home more liveable to that effect, but that distracts the reader from the author's own weight loss desire. It has almost no bearing on his theme of getting in better shape.

A chapter on his visit to a Pritkin Longevity Center in Miami was the best of the book, but uncharacteristic of the other chapters. I hadn't heard of Jeff Garlin before reading his book but saw him on a tv promotional segment. I guess if you're a fan of his you might connect with "My Footprint" but I found it lacking in much humor for which he seems to be so noted and not very forceful in how to solve those problems which he encounters.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Heartfelt and so funny, too 24 Feb. 2010
By Kerrie - Published on
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I have to say I really enjoyed this book so much. I expected it to be a yuck-fest (as in laughs, not grossness) along the lines of most comedic memoirs these days, but in this case Jeff really has something to say. I am impressed at how honest he is about his weight struggles, and yet how funny he can still make that struggle seem. I snorted out loud when I read the passage about a naked Jeff breaking a massage table and passing a little gas on the way down, but felt for him at the same time. All in all, a fast read with lots of humor and heart.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Disappointed... 20 Mar. 2010
By Life Is Good - Published on
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In search of finding a pearl of wisdom about losing weight through a celebrity's experience, I found one, although not the one I expected, since he actually doesn't resolve his issue: The major theme that comes through in this book, which is basically only a diary punctuated with a little stereotypical humor, is Jeff's love of his problem and his love of making it part of his identity--the pearl being that, in order to resolve an issue such as a weight problem, we need to remove it as part of our identity. Ultimately, Jeff's weight is just part of his shtik, and this book will be added to his curriculum vitae as an "author of several books" since there will no doubt be an update printed by a publisher looking to make a quick buck based on a celebrity's travails--especially if he actually loses the weight. Don't waste your time or money on this fluff.
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