Attempting Normal

Attempting Normal

eBook - 2013
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NATIONAL BESTSELLERPeople make a mess. Marc Maron was a parent-scarred, angst-filled, drug-dabbling, love-starved comedian who dreamed of a simple life: a wife, a home, a sitcom to call his own. But instead he woke up one day to find himself fired from his radio job, surrounded by feral cats, and emotionally and financially annihilated by a divorce from a woman he thought he loved. He tried to heal his broken heart through whatever means he could find--minor-league hoarding, Viagra addiction, accidental racial profiling, cat fancying, flying airplanes with his mind--but nothing seemed to work. It was only when he was stripped down to nothing that he found his way back. Attempting Normal is Marc Maron's journey through the wilderness of his own mind, a collection of explosively, painfully, addictively funny stories that add up to a moving tale of hope and hopelessness, of failing, flailing, and finding a way. From standup to...
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9780679644132

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joaopedrolopes Nov 29, 2013

I really enjoyed reading this book because I fell Marc Maron is coming from deep within, opening all the barriers and exposing himself, his history, his character, in the same kind of personal way that defines his podcast interviews and that makes him so successful. If you are a podcast regular you will already know some or many of the stories, but they are so hilarious and told in such a peculiar way, that is more than worth it to read them, even when repeated. Highly recommend you this book for a lot of good laughs and for a bit more life philosophy (in a good way) that many of you might think when buying the book.

Nov 21, 2013

If Charles Bukowski did stand-up, it might be a little like Marc Maron. Everyone who likes comedy has their own reasons and favorite styles; I think mine is that it’s a handy outlet for laughing at all the crazy, dark crap people go through. After basically failing at life — drug addiction, getting fired, ruining two marriages — Marc finally found his groove with his WTF podcast, and here he explores similar dark territory: neurotic anxiety, anger… and cats! At its heart is a remarkable longing to connect emotionally with other people, which is what makes Marc’s humor so wonderful. Marc Maron proves that comedy is not just entertainment but can be art.

ChristchurchLib Sep 17, 2013

"The comedian recounts stories from his life, from hitting rock bottom to hosting a successful podcast." September 2013 Biography and Memoir

metalpoet Jul 08, 2013

hilarious in its honesty and darkness from which this podcasting comedian has podcasted his way to relevance and truth and even love in all that he does utilizing his dark wit and his philosophical musical and sometimes deep literary meaning of life ponderings.


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