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Russell Brand

Author of My Booky Wook

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Russell Brand is an English comedian, actor, author and activist. He was born on June 4th, 1975, in Grays, Essex, England. He attended Grays School Media Arts College and the Italia Conti Academy for training in theatre arts. Known primarily for his award winning stand-up comedy, he has appeared in show more a number of American Films, including: Paradise, Arthur, Get Him to the Greek, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Brand has written a number of books, including; Revolution, and his memoirs, Booky Wook 2: This Time it's Personal, and My Booky Wook: A memoir of Sex, Drugs, and Stand-Up. He also published several collections of articles that he had written for The Guardian, entitled Articles of Faith and Irons in the Fire. He made his children's book debut with Russell Brand's Trickster Tales: The Pied Piper of Hamelin. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Despicable Me 2 [2013 film] (2013) — Actor — 761 copies, 5 reviews
Despicable Me [and] Despicable Me 2 (2014) — Actor — 232 copies
Rock of Ages [2012 film] (2012) 131 copies
Hop [2011 film] (2011) — Actor — 131 copies
Forgetting Sarah Marshall [2008 film] (2008) — Actor — 121 copies, 2 reviews
Forgetting Sarah Marshal Unrated [2008 film] (2008) — Actor — 108 copies
Get Him to the Greek [2010 film] (2012) — Actor; Actor — 92 copies
Death on the Nile [2022 film] (2022) — Actor — 83 copies, 1 review
Minions: The Rise of Gru [2022 Film] (2022) — voice — 79 copies
St. Trinian's [2007 film] (2007) — Actor — 74 copies
The Tempest [2010 film] (2010) — Actor — 65 copies, 1 review
Paradise [2013 film] (2013) — Actor — 8 copies
Army of One [2016 film] (2016) — Actor — 6 copies

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Mildly amusing story of how drugs and alcohol can destroy a life.
 
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SteveCarl | 35 other reviews | Jun 24, 2024 |
I started this but then had to return it to the library and never got any further yet.
 
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Susan-Pearson | 35 other reviews | Feb 23, 2023 |
The well-known Russell Brand advocates for mental health in the United Kingdom. He has been open about his recovery from numerous addictions in his best-selling memoir Recovery. He follows up that book with this look at mentoring, which helped him out of his hard spot. He is not focused as much on professional or career mentoring, but instead personal and life development. By remembering healthy relationships he’s had in the past, he teaches how to be a mentor – and a mentee in the process.

He describes personal mentoring as something different than parenting. Parents focus on providing an entire package of humanity to their children. Mentors focus on relating one skill while disregarding many other aspects of life. Brand describes how he was helped in recovery programs by mentors. (Indeed, seeking others’ counsel is an important part of 12-step programs.) Most of his advice fit hand-in-hand with traditional 12-step recovery programs.

Because Brand did not seek a college degree, all of his described experiences take place outside of school. He speaks about how he learned about life from people across many activities. He avoids religious mentoring, instead focusing on the secular domain. However, much of the shared advice overlaps with what one might find in a modern church with educated leadership. Indeed, the central thrust of this book shares how one can develop mental and spiritual health from mentors, much as many do with religious practice.

Those interested in mental health will particularly appreciate this work. Brand has brought mental health issues to the fore in Great Britain, and this book is further work towards those ends. He provides a unique voice and unique words to give to contemporary experiences. Many of us postmoderns lack a formal guide, whether in school or in religious practice, so Brand’s exploration seeks to retain essential counsel that might otherwise be forgotten. According to him, you cannot grow without acknowledging and learning from someone outside of you. Therefore, being a mentor and a mentee is an essential life skill that he seeks to cultivate in this book.
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scottjpearson | 1 other review | May 23, 2022 |
Surprisingly I couldn't wade through this. I enjoy RB in movies and a couple of essays I've read have been riveting. But I didn't want to follow the twists and turns of childhood. His deep thoughts weren't calling to me and I never even made it to the heroin.
 
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Je9 | 35 other reviews | Aug 10, 2021 |

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