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American on Purpose (2009)

de Craig Ferguson

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The host of "The Late, Late Show" traces his journey from working-class Glasgow to the comedic limelight of Hollywood, revealing his personal story of becoming an American citizen.
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i love craig ferguson. he is funny. i liked this book. it was funny, though it got less interesting when he got his show and stopped worrying about when he would next eat. if you like craig ferguson, too, then you will probably read this. if not, you probably won't. so ... yeah. ( )
  J.Flux | Aug 13, 2022 |
Craig Ferguson, the host of "The Late, Late Show", traces his journey from working-class Glasgow to the comedic limelight of Hollywood, revealing his personal story of becoming an American citizen.

The book covered his childhood, drug and alcohol problems, relationships and his career in show business. I enjoy Ferguson’s humor and there was some throughout the book but not as much as I expected. He had some serious problems with alcohol and drugs and he had ups and downs in his show business career. He’s had an interesting, if tumultuous, life. I listened on audio and he was the reader which was enjoyable. ( )
  gaylebutz | Mar 5, 2021 |
Ehh. It's alright. The first few chapters definitely gave me a feeling of having been ghostwritten---they don't come off in Craig's voice whatsoever, and often end in _obviously false_ feel-good sorts of fluff writing. One chapter ends, for example, "[When I was a kid, I used to think my dolls could talk.] I'm not sure either one of us has properly grown up or completely left the attic. Lynn, like me, still believes the toys can talk." Nope. No you do not. This is awkward pandering, and unfortunately isn't by any stretch the only example.

But if you can ignore that, which I had a problem doing, the rest of the book is fine I guess. It has an interesting arc about Craig's alcoholism which paints it less gloriously than most authors do. But at the end of the day, there are no insights and no takeaways from this book. It's just a bunch of uninteresting stories about a relatively uninteresting man, but told in a funny sort of way.

It really and truly feels like the book version of late-night television, so that's something. ( )
  isovector | Dec 13, 2020 |
I think a lot of people may assume this book is meant to be humorous, an adventure, and otherwise funny--but that's not the intent of this book.

Ferguson is trying to be real with readers, and he does throw some wit and funny moment in, but it's largely a memoir about his experiences in show business and how he got there, along with the obligatory overview of his childhood.

He doesn't talk a ton about his issues with addiction that I've seen, but in the book he delves into that part of his life, how he figured out what had to be done, and it's pretty impressive. I think far too many people stop doing the hard work of introspection and seeing themselves from others' perspectives for just a moment. ( )
  Pepperwings | Aug 7, 2020 |
While it's no secret that I adore Craig Ferguson because of his late night talk show, I had yet to read or listen to any of his novels for some strange reason. Maybe I was worried that I'd be bored, disappointed, or Craigy-pants would lose his allure in some way.
Now I must admit that I couldn't be more wrong to have waited so long. Ferguson is so open, completely honest, and so *REAL*, it's astounding. His fascinating novel is so much more than an autobiography, it's more like his soul was bared. Not once did Ferguson bore me; in fact, I couldn't wait to hear more of his fascinating life and adventures. And despite having quit school at the age of 16, Ferguson is not only well read, but loquacious, in parts funny and sad, and terribly, terribly wonderful.
I must insist that if you get this novel from your library, that you give the audiobook a try instead. Ferguson reads the novel himself to you, like the worlds weirdest - and funniest - bedtime story. Ferguson is a natural born story teller, and it shows. The audiobook alone is worth the price, just to hear him call himself a dipsomaniac, or say the word "farty ". (Though I must say, the part about the killer mallards, and the huge cat named Ken that he had to babysit while the owners were away were so funny, I had to reverse the audiobook and listen to them again!!)
So now I'm done with this novel and I want more..... Ferguson is so intelligent, and with that sharp wit, and the brilliant comedic timing, it just makes me miss him ever so much more now that he doesn't do his late night talk show. I hope he writes another novel, soon.

Please give this novel, or its audiobook a try. I give it 5 huge stars, and recommend it to everyone, everywhere. It's just that good. ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
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Ferguson admirably avoids wisecracks and instead goes for something like wisdom.
 
Ferguson [is] a fine writer — witty, reflective and candid.
 
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