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There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say

by Paula Poundstone

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Loved it!
  BelleVernon | Sep 8, 2013 |
Paula Poundstone uses history/biographies to augment the memoir nature of her humor. If you like Paula's humor and insights on how the world works, then you'll laugh through this book. ( )
  tangledthread | Nov 13, 2011 |
The audio book read by the author is hilarious. If you like Paula Poundstone, you'll like this book. ( )
  pandacr | Dec 4, 2009 |
Started it. Had to stop. It's a little too self-conscious and self-absorbed, and not funny enough to make up for it. ( )
  tgraettinger | Mar 27, 2008 |
This one is really pretty simple. If you like Paula Poundstone, you will love this book. If you are not a fan, then this book will not sway you. If you’ve never tasted her brand, then this book is worth the sampling. I love Paula Poundstone’s humor. I have never laughed so hard as when I saw her in concert. (Come to think of it, not true. I probably laughed harder the time I got to see her during a taping of “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me”.) Her sideways look at things throws sensibilities just askew enough to constantly keep you thinking – and laughing. Accordingly, I love this book. I was chortling out loud as I read it during a flight to LA (somehow managing to not fully laugh out loud – that I saved for when I was in the privacy of my own home.) Really, if you’ve seen her act, then you have already heard some of this. But there will be new things. And reading it, you can almost hear her saying the words.

The basis for the book is interesting. Her version is that she tried to write the book and couldn’t come up with anything. Then, she realized that her OCD might be used as a benefit. So she studied up on some people in history and tried to tell their story. But each part of their story made her start to ramble about herself. And, as bizarre as that sounds (again, because this fits everything else that is Paula Poundstone), it works.

This is a very funny book and, if you don’t get it, then…well…I guess you just don’t get it. ( )
  figre | Jan 19, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307382281, Paperback)

Part memoir, part monologue, with a dash of startling honesty, There’s Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say features biographies of legendary historical figures from which Paula Poundstone can’t help digressing to tell her own story. Mining gold from the lives of Abraham Lincoln, Helen Keller, Joan of Arc, and Beethoven, among others, the eccentric and utterly inimitable mind of Paula Poundstone dissects, observes, and comments on the successes and failures of her own life with surprising candor and spot-on comedic timing in this unique laugh-out-loud book.

If you like Paula Poundstone’s ironic and blindingly intelligent humor, you’ll love this wryly observant, funny, and touching book.

Paula Poundstone on . . .

The sources of her self-esteem: “A couple of years ago I was reunited with a guy I knew in the fifth grade. He said, “All the other fifth-grade guys liked the pretty girls, but I liked you.” It’s hard to know if a guy is sincere when he lays it on that thick.

The battle between fatigue and informed citizenship: I play a videotape of The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer every night, but sometimes I only get as far as the theme song (da da-da-da da-ah) before I fall asleep. Sometimes as soon as Margaret Warner says whether or not Jim Lehrer is on vacation I drift right off. Somehow just knowing he’s well comforts me.

The occult: I need to know exactly what day I’m gonna die so that I don’t bother putting away leftovers the night before.

TV’s misplaced priorities: Someday in the midst of the State of the Union address they’ll break in with, “We interrupt this program to bring you a little clip from Bewitched.”

Travel: In London I went to the queen’s house. I went as a tourist—she didn’t invite me so she could pick my brain: “What do you think of my face on the pound? Too serious?”

Air-conditioning in Florida: If it were as cold outside in the winter as they make it inside in the summer, they’d put the heat on. It makes no sense.

The scandal: The judge said I was the best probationer he ever had. Talk about proud.


With a foreword by Mary Tyler Moore


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Blending elements of memoir and monologue, the comedian offers a candid account of her life, using details from the lives of legendary historical figures to illuminate episodes from her own life and reflect on her own successes and failures.

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