I listened to this version of Margaret Cho's life, as an unabridged audiobook, read by the author. I liked that the author narrated it herself, especially when she impersonated her mother, but her male voices were painful.
I enjoyed the early part of the story the most; Margaret was a loner, picked on by the other children for being different, but she told her story without sounding overly sorry for herself. Unfortunately the second part of the book was Margaret's story of excessive drink and drugs and there was a distinct note of misery and self loathing, which quickly became irritating. This section was also too long - too many tales of drinking, partying and doing drugs, where a few examples would have done.
It was interesting how a child with no friends found a place for herself in comedy, in deriding the very things that had hurt her most in life. I had to respect her for that, even if her style of comedy is not to my taste. This book was published twelve years before I came across it and, judging by her appearances in YouTube, her career has progressed considerably since that time.
on 21 January 2002
I was laughing out loud, in places in this book. Margaret Cho, talks about everything from Sex, Drugs to Comedy. She talks about nursery school and her wonderful christmas performance. Talks about her impotent boyfriend and her first role in her sitcom. Its definitely worth the buy, and you'll enjoy reading it. Her Fag Hag chapter was one of the best bits of the book, it'll be loved by all people and anyone who is a great fan of hers. None of her great stand-up material is in this book, but it tells of how her parents called her "Moran". Anyway I'm rambling now. Still go buy this book!!
on 11 November 2003
This is a fab book, Cho's journey is brilliantly told, funny, sad and very uplifting. You are with her every step of the way as she candidly describes her personal 'bumpy' journey. And it's 'laugh out loud' funny. A must for anyone who has ever doubted their looks/abilities or lovable-ness (is that a word?). Read this book...it really is great.
on 15 February 2012
Well written and very entertaining. I want to give Margaret a hug and tell her she is awesome. She is a lesson in resilience and where most of us would wilt and die, she held her own. Not without a price of course, but for sheer will this lady is incredible.