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Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation [Hardcover]

Aisha Tyler
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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (1 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062223771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062223777
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Self-inflicted Wounds In her book Self-Inflicted Wounds, comedian, actress, and cohost of CBS's daytime hit show The Talk, Aisha Tyler recounts a series of epic mistakes and hilarious stories of crushing personal humiliation, and the personal insights and authentic wisdom she gathered along the way. The essays in Self-Inflicted Wounds are refreshingly and sometimes brutally honest, surprising, and laugh-out-loud funny, Full description

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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 8 Aug 2013
By Vicky
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she is an inspiration, brilliantly written and exactly what I expected. If you enjoy her stand up then you will love this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Laugh-out-loud funny! 9 July 2013
By Kelly Sessions - Published on
Aisha Tyler is many things that I am not: tall, childless, funny, confident, fearless. But she and I also share some qualities, if you can call them that. We're both neurotic, both nerds, both prone to going off on tangents while telling a story. But let's be honest: it doesn't matter if an author and I have absolutely nothing in common, really, as long as she makes her writing work. And Aisha Tyler does just that.

Self-Inflicted Wounds is a memoir of sorts in which Tyler recounts all the times in her life, beginning at the ripe old age of five, when she (inadvertently) screwed herself over. From setting the kitchen on fire to boy problems to broken bones, she's had a remarkable amount of incidents where she can blame no one but herself. Footnotes are liberally sprinkled throughout the cringe-inducing tales. This is an excellent format for the asides that a stand-up comedian can't help but make when telling a story.

Although she often drops a mini-lesson at the end of a chapter, the best part about these episodes is that they're funny. In fact, they're so funny that I tried my son's patience more than once. See, I'm still nursing him once or twice a day. And when you're reading a funny book and don't want your nipple bitten off, you try not to laugh. But as any private-school girl knows, withholding laughter just means lots of snorting and jerky shoulders. So my kid's head is bouncing on my arm, and I'm trying to stop laughing, which is only making me laugh harder, and then I have to stop reading and use the advice from my scuba certification course: just focus on your breathing. She's that funny.

To be honest, I didn't know who Aisha Tyler was before Friends. I still haven't seen her stand-up (but may need to, since I enjoyed this book so much), but I'm a big fan of Archer and think she's pretty great on there. And now that I know how much I enjoy her particular brand of ranting, self-deprecating humor, I'm even more excited about her gig as host on the revival of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Basically, what I'm trying to say is that I was a tentative Tyler fan before, but now I'll look forward to her upcoming projects with increased zeal. And isn't that a successful venture for an artist?

All in all: Read this if a) you like comedy and b) you don't mind lots of 17+ language.

Note: Only read this in public if you don't mind people staring at you as you try your hardest not to bust out laughing.

Also note: I received a free copy of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was laughing out loud 11 July 2013
By Shawn Moore - Published on
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Was not sure what I was going to get when I ordered this book. I loved Aisha is Friends and the show Thirteen. She is amazingly funny woman who has über smart wit and yet potty mouthed. I sat up and read from e-cover to e-cover when I down loaded it. The stories are hilarious and she is so self deprecating you wonder how she is so successful, but then you here her truly honest and warm voice I each chapter. Makes me evaluate all of my own self inflicted wounds and think how they have shaped me or made me laugh in retrospect. Must read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slow start but a good finish 9 Aug 2013
By F. H. Falk - Published on
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I have listened to all of her podcasts and looked forward to this book.

The first half of the book was one story after another of her injuring or embarrassing herself. I stopped listening to the audiobook since, I get it, you did stupid things in the past. I finished it because it was there and I had to do something.

Once she started talking about college, how she got into comedy, and how she became an overnite sensation in only 10 years it was great.

A large part of her podcasts cover how people worked really hard to achieve where they are.
And Aisha, if you are reading this, sorry to hear about your broken arm and do not sleep with me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars She's interesting & has some great stories. 10 Sep 2013
By Ian Howell Street - Published on
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I am 3/4 through the book, so feel I have good sense of the style. I like a lot of the stories; some more than others (of course that'll always be the case). And I think the parts where she talks about what she learned from each 'self-inflicted wound' is the real heart of the book. And it's great stuff. Hustle, keep going, change what you're doing if what you're doing isn't working and many other good things.

So far, I've felt the style is amusing, but not exactly funny. In one chapter she lays out the laws of comedy; and perhaps I should have read the book while slightly tipsy (I did read it at night- another of the rules of comedy). And a book may not be the best venue for comedy. The descriptions often feel like a little too much some how. I can tell it's her, but it's kind of a diminished version of what you'd see if she was talking- as she does on her fantastic podcast or in her standup.

I am enjoying the book a lot and think she is using the stories in the book to illuminate some pretty great life lessons. Perhaps I'm dead inside, but I just wish I was laughing out loud more.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aisha-Inflicted Laughing Fits! 17 July 2013
By Elleiram - Published on
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This book is everything I love about Aisha Tyler.
As she commonly displays on her various TV jobs and especially in her podcast, Girl on Guy, Aisha is hilarious, incredibly smart, and fearlessly herself. Even when it ends in disaster, and this book shows you that oftentimes it did.

I don't know if she meant it as a motivational book, but it is one. Between the times you have to explain why you're having your own "snorting laugh" kind of self-inflicted episode, there's just so much that encourages people to keep going. So you fell on your face. So you set something on fire. So no sane person would EVER be seen there again after what YOU did...go back. Own up to it, face it, learn from it...and kick some ass.

Aisha proves that you can be silly, nerdy, strong, sensitive and hilarious all at once, and she's an inspiration even when she's not trying to be. This book is about the worst but ends up showing you the best.

I'm not going to make any apologies for the language she uses, because she doesn't, and if you miss the forest for the trees that's a sad thing for you. Read this book because we all love embarassing stories, because you want to laugh, because you have time to kill at the airport, and because you aren't afraid to snort when you laugh- or if you were before, you decided not to be after you read this. Then give it to a friend and watch them have fun with it. Then listen to her podcast. Then become one of us in the Girl on Guy Army, because we are legion, and she is awesome (and so is the book!)
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