Sunday February 26, 2012 15:48
Book Review: You’re Not Doing It Right by Michael Ian Black
You’re Not Doing It Right
by Michael Ian Black
published by Gallery Books
(a division of Simon & Schuster)
releases on February 28, 2012
Feel free to both watch my video review above and read the review below as they are tonally different.
Recently I was lucky to receive an advance copy of Michael Ian Black’s You’re Not Doing It Right courtesy of Simon & Schuster. Michael Ian Black is an actor who has starred in such shows as The State, Stella and Michael and Michael Have Issues. The memoir is mainly an easy to read, acerbic flavored look at Michael’s personal life. It’s under 250 pages so I found it to be a quick read. I got through it in about 3 days. The 19 chapters have such witty titles as “meredith wants to give you a blowjob”, “fuck you, alan alda”, “i hate my baby” and “pills and booze”.
There isn’t much in the way of Black’s professional life. However many will probably find the book easy to relate to as he struggles with becoming middle aged and a yuppie. I found it interesting as an outsider who is not into suburban life.
Michael discusses many life milestones that everyone goes through including issues with your parents, trying to find his footing in the dating arena and losing a pet. The section about putting his dog down was particularly heart wrenching and I did sob, so be forewarned.
He also discusses how difficult it is to be a parent in a completely honest manner. Sure friends will tell you that their kids are driving them nuts but it’s not often that a public figure admits to it. He even touches on his depression. I found his ability to even share what he admits are his douchey qualities honestly and without blaming things on others. Some memoirs really try to pass the buck but his doesn’t.
I recommend buying Michael Ian Black’s You’re Not Doing It Right today. You’ll laugh and empathize.
“You can’t keep a show on the air”, he kills me.
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