My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture

My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture

In the vein of New York Times bestsellers Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby, a collection of side-splitting and illuminating essays by the popular stand-up comedian, alum of Chelsea Lately and The Mindy Project, and host of truTV?s Talk Show the Game Show. From a young age, Guy Branum always felt as if he were on the outside In the vein of New York Times bestsellers Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Saman...

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Title:My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture
Author:Guy Branum
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:B075RNFTTW
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture Reviews

  • Evan
    Oct 13, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    this book really did not live up to the hype!! Lots of people I like and podcasts I listen to recommended it but it was so underwhelming. I think the thing that bothered me the most was the tone, it was v pretentious. And I know it?s in the title that this book covers unpopular cultu...

    This was kind of a slog and sometimes had so many digressions that I lost the thread of whatever the essay was originally about. I also wish that he treated the reader like less of an adversary with whom he couldn't possibly have anything in common. That said I really enjoyed some of t...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    Read if you're into: close readings of pop culture, close readings of Queen songs, close readings of John Wayne films, close readings of personal experiences as if they are fiction (but in a good way). Do not read if: you don't know what close readings are. AKA this is a pop cul...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    The first few chapters on Guy's youth were amusing and kind of fun, but there's a lot of bitterness that comes through in later chapters and one essay that's particularly problematic and just put me off entirely. ...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    I didn?t know that this author was a comedy writer when this book was recommended to me but once I saw the cover I totally had to read it. I admit I had expected it to be a lot funnier than it was?this is an understandably angry man with a side of snark. Guy grew up in a family who...

    Guy, one of my favorite podcasters, brings his intellectual wit to his very funny and very nerdy memoir. ...

    Guy cracked me open in ways I wasn't expecting. I laughed, of course, but also cried and got chills and got mad. I loved this book. ...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

    I had no idea what this would be, and ended up loving it. He?s a smart, hilarious writer, and I?m a sucker for clever/mean jokes AND Joan Didion references. ...

  • Glenn
    Aug 29, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

  • Moira
    Sep 19, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    this book really did not live up to the hype!! Lots of people I like and podcasts I listen to recommended it but it was so underwhelming. I think the thing that bothered me the most was the tone, it was v pretentious. And I know it?s in the title that this book covers unpopular cultu...

    This was kind of a slog and sometimes had so many digressions that I lost the thread of whatever the essay was originally about. I also wish that he treated the reader like less of an adversary with whom he couldn't possibly have anything in common. That said I really enjoyed some of t...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    Read if you're into: close readings of pop culture, close readings of Queen songs, close readings of John Wayne films, close readings of personal experiences as if they are fiction (but in a good way). Do not read if: you don't know what close readings are. AKA this is a pop cul...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    The first few chapters on Guy's youth were amusing and kind of fun, but there's a lot of bitterness that comes through in later chapters and one essay that's particularly problematic and just put me off entirely. ...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    I didn?t know that this author was a comedy writer when this book was recommended to me but once I saw the cover I totally had to read it. I admit I had expected it to be a lot funnier than it was?this is an understandably angry man with a side of snark. Guy grew up in a family who...

    Guy, one of my favorite podcasters, brings his intellectual wit to his very funny and very nerdy memoir. ...

  • Molly
    Jun 02, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

  • Becky
    Nov 09, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    this book really did not live up to the hype!! Lots of people I like and podcasts I listen to recommended it but it was so underwhelming. I think the thing that bothered me the most was the tone, it was v pretentious. And I know it?s in the title that this book covers unpopular cultu...

    This was kind of a slog and sometimes had so many digressions that I lost the thread of whatever the essay was originally about. I also wish that he treated the reader like less of an adversary with whom he couldn't possibly have anything in common. That said I really enjoyed some of t...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    Read if you're into: close readings of pop culture, close readings of Queen songs, close readings of John Wayne films, close readings of personal experiences as if they are fiction (but in a good way). Do not read if: you don't know what close readings are. AKA this is a pop cul...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    The first few chapters on Guy's youth were amusing and kind of fun, but there's a lot of bitterness that comes through in later chapters and one essay that's particularly problematic and just put me off entirely. ...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    I didn?t know that this author was a comedy writer when this book was recommended to me but once I saw the cover I totally had to read it. I admit I had expected it to be a lot funnier than it was?this is an understandably angry man with a side of snark. Guy grew up in a family who...

  • amanda eve
    Jun 23, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    this book really did not live up to the hype!! Lots of people I like and podcasts I listen to recommended it but it was so underwhelming. I think the thing that bothered me the most was the tone, it was v pretentious. And I know it?s in the title that this book covers unpopular cultu...

    This was kind of a slog and sometimes had so many digressions that I lost the thread of whatever the essay was originally about. I also wish that he treated the reader like less of an adversary with whom he couldn't possibly have anything in common. That said I really enjoyed some of t...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    Read if you're into: close readings of pop culture, close readings of Queen songs, close readings of John Wayne films, close readings of personal experiences as if they are fiction (but in a good way). Do not read if: you don't know what close readings are. AKA this is a pop cul...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    The first few chapters on Guy's youth were amusing and kind of fun, but there's a lot of bitterness that comes through in later chapters and one essay that's particularly problematic and just put me off entirely. ...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    I didn?t know that this author was a comedy writer when this book was recommended to me but once I saw the cover I totally had to read it. I admit I had expected it to be a lot funnier than it was?this is an understandably angry man with a side of snark. Guy grew up in a family who...

    Guy, one of my favorite podcasters, brings his intellectual wit to his very funny and very nerdy memoir. ...

    Guy cracked me open in ways I wasn't expecting. I laughed, of course, but also cried and got chills and got mad. I loved this book. ...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

  • Nikiverse
    Aug 06, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    this book really did not live up to the hype!! Lots of people I like and podcasts I listen to recommended it but it was so underwhelming. I think the thing that bothered me the most was the tone, it was v pretentious. And I know it?s in the title that this book covers unpopular cultu...

    This was kind of a slog and sometimes had so many digressions that I lost the thread of whatever the essay was originally about. I also wish that he treated the reader like less of an adversary with whom he couldn't possibly have anything in common. That said I really enjoyed some of t...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    Read if you're into: close readings of pop culture, close readings of Queen songs, close readings of John Wayne films, close readings of personal experiences as if they are fiction (but in a good way). Do not read if: you don't know what close readings are. AKA this is a pop cul...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    The first few chapters on Guy's youth were amusing and kind of fun, but there's a lot of bitterness that comes through in later chapters and one essay that's particularly problematic and just put me off entirely. ...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

  • Manda
    Aug 06, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    this book really did not live up to the hype!! Lots of people I like and podcasts I listen to recommended it but it was so underwhelming. I think the thing that bothered me the most was the tone, it was v pretentious. And I know it?s in the title that this book covers unpopular cultu...

    This was kind of a slog and sometimes had so many digressions that I lost the thread of whatever the essay was originally about. I also wish that he treated the reader like less of an adversary with whom he couldn't possibly have anything in common. That said I really enjoyed some of t...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    Read if you're into: close readings of pop culture, close readings of Queen songs, close readings of John Wayne films, close readings of personal experiences as if they are fiction (but in a good way). Do not read if: you don't know what close readings are. AKA this is a pop cul...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    The first few chapters on Guy's youth were amusing and kind of fun, but there's a lot of bitterness that comes through in later chapters and one essay that's particularly problematic and just put me off entirely. ...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    I didn?t know that this author was a comedy writer when this book was recommended to me but once I saw the cover I totally had to read it. I admit I had expected it to be a lot funnier than it was?this is an understandably angry man with a side of snark. Guy grew up in a family who...

    Guy, one of my favorite podcasters, brings his intellectual wit to his very funny and very nerdy memoir. ...

    Guy cracked me open in ways I wasn't expecting. I laughed, of course, but also cried and got chills and got mad. I loved this book. ...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

    I had no idea what this would be, and ended up loving it. He?s a smart, hilarious writer, and I?m a sucker for clever/mean jokes AND Joan Didion references. ...

    Preface: I didn't know who Guy Branum was before reading it. I don't watch much TV. I've only absorbed about 10% of pop culture over the past 10 years. And yet, this book is hilarious! It's worth listening to for his rants about Canada, Babette's Feast, RBG, and various historical ...

    As someone who's never watched the TV shows Chelsea Lately or The Mindy Project (don't judge me!), Branum wasn't a familiar face or name to me. But his story of his life growing up gay in Yuba City and then his adventures in TV and film did feel very familiar to me. With grace and humo...

    Terrific in ways I hadn't expected. I've read a lot of comedian memoirs. They're all funny and insightful the ways you expect them to be. And so is Guy Branum's book. But what surprised me was how vividly he captured growing up in rural northern California. It's not just that he was...

    I know of Guy from the podcast world and always enjoy his contributions, so picked the audiobook to listen to. It was intelligent, insightful and occasionally funny, but the storytelling dragged and felt repetitive. Maybe it's shallow, but the truth is I was hoping for more career dish...

  • Laura
    Apr 16, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    this book really did not live up to the hype!! Lots of people I like and podcasts I listen to recommended it but it was so underwhelming. I think the thing that bothered me the most was the tone, it was v pretentious. And I know it?s in the title that this book covers unpopular cultu...

    This was kind of a slog and sometimes had so many digressions that I lost the thread of whatever the essay was originally about. I also wish that he treated the reader like less of an adversary with whom he couldn't possibly have anything in common. That said I really enjoyed some of t...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    Read if you're into: close readings of pop culture, close readings of Queen songs, close readings of John Wayne films, close readings of personal experiences as if they are fiction (but in a good way). Do not read if: you don't know what close readings are. AKA this is a pop cul...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    The first few chapters on Guy's youth were amusing and kind of fun, but there's a lot of bitterness that comes through in later chapters and one essay that's particularly problematic and just put me off entirely. ...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    I didn?t know that this author was a comedy writer when this book was recommended to me but once I saw the cover I totally had to read it. I admit I had expected it to be a lot funnier than it was?this is an understandably angry man with a side of snark. Guy grew up in a family who...

    Guy, one of my favorite podcasters, brings his intellectual wit to his very funny and very nerdy memoir. ...

    Guy cracked me open in ways I wasn't expecting. I laughed, of course, but also cried and got chills and got mad. I loved this book. ...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

    I had no idea what this would be, and ended up loving it. He?s a smart, hilarious writer, and I?m a sucker for clever/mean jokes AND Joan Didion references. ...

    Preface: I didn't know who Guy Branum was before reading it. I don't watch much TV. I've only absorbed about 10% of pop culture over the past 10 years. And yet, this book is hilarious! It's worth listening to for his rants about Canada, Babette's Feast, RBG, and various historical ...

    As someone who's never watched the TV shows Chelsea Lately or The Mindy Project (don't judge me!), Branum wasn't a familiar face or name to me. But his story of his life growing up gay in Yuba City and then his adventures in TV and film did feel very familiar to me. With grace and humo...

    Terrific in ways I hadn't expected. I've read a lot of comedian memoirs. They're all funny and insightful the ways you expect them to be. And so is Guy Branum's book. But what surprised me was how vividly he captured growing up in rural northern California. It's not just that he was...

    I know of Guy from the podcast world and always enjoy his contributions, so picked the audiobook to listen to. It was intelligent, insightful and occasionally funny, but the storytelling dragged and felt repetitive. Maybe it's shallow, but the truth is I was hoping for more career dish...

    Guy Branum's book is an interesting case study in the benefits and limits of what we might call "woke comedy." On the one hand, the way that he mixes humor in with sociological insight can be good; when it works it makes the jokes feel more substantial and it makes the sociology feel l...

    I have always been a fan of Guy but this book made me love him even more. I teared up often reading this starting at the just first chapter because I was so inspired by the story behind the title of the book. This book taught me so many things about words, pop culture, and random histo...

    Received from Net Galley in exchange for review. This was, overall, an enjoyable book. At times I felt that Branum didn't tie chapters and sections together as well as he could have and there were definitely a few stances he took that I didn't love, but this was well-written, amusin...

  • Erin Cataldi
    Jul 05, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

  • andthenisay
    Oct 31, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    this book really did not live up to the hype!! Lots of people I like and podcasts I listen to recommended it but it was so underwhelming. I think the thing that bothered me the most was the tone, it was v pretentious. And I know it?s in the title that this book covers unpopular cultu...

    This was kind of a slog and sometimes had so many digressions that I lost the thread of whatever the essay was originally about. I also wish that he treated the reader like less of an adversary with whom he couldn't possibly have anything in common. That said I really enjoyed some of t...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    Read if you're into: close readings of pop culture, close readings of Queen songs, close readings of John Wayne films, close readings of personal experiences as if they are fiction (but in a good way). Do not read if: you don't know what close readings are. AKA this is a pop cul...

  • Ulysses Dietz
    Sep 03, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

  • Kate
    Nov 03, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    this book really did not live up to the hype!! Lots of people I like and podcasts I listen to recommended it but it was so underwhelming. I think the thing that bothered me the most was the tone, it was v pretentious. And I know it?s in the title that this book covers unpopular cultu...

    This was kind of a slog and sometimes had so many digressions that I lost the thread of whatever the essay was originally about. I also wish that he treated the reader like less of an adversary with whom he couldn't possibly have anything in common. That said I really enjoyed some of t...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    Read if you're into: close readings of pop culture, close readings of Queen songs, close readings of John Wayne films, close readings of personal experiences as if they are fiction (but in a good way). Do not read if: you don't know what close readings are. AKA this is a pop cul...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    The first few chapters on Guy's youth were amusing and kind of fun, but there's a lot of bitterness that comes through in later chapters and one essay that's particularly problematic and just put me off entirely. ...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    I didn?t know that this author was a comedy writer when this book was recommended to me but once I saw the cover I totally had to read it. I admit I had expected it to be a lot funnier than it was?this is an understandably angry man with a side of snark. Guy grew up in a family who...

    Guy, one of my favorite podcasters, brings his intellectual wit to his very funny and very nerdy memoir. ...

    Guy cracked me open in ways I wasn't expecting. I laughed, of course, but also cried and got chills and got mad. I loved this book. ...

  • Larry H
    Aug 03, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

  • Adam Sockel
    Aug 28, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    this book really did not live up to the hype!! Lots of people I like and podcasts I listen to recommended it but it was so underwhelming. I think the thing that bothered me the most was the tone, it was v pretentious. And I know it?s in the title that this book covers unpopular cultu...

    This was kind of a slog and sometimes had so many digressions that I lost the thread of whatever the essay was originally about. I also wish that he treated the reader like less of an adversary with whom he couldn't possibly have anything in common. That said I really enjoyed some of t...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

  • John Amory
    May 30, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    this book really did not live up to the hype!! Lots of people I like and podcasts I listen to recommended it but it was so underwhelming. I think the thing that bothered me the most was the tone, it was v pretentious. And I know it?s in the title that this book covers unpopular cultu...

    This was kind of a slog and sometimes had so many digressions that I lost the thread of whatever the essay was originally about. I also wish that he treated the reader like less of an adversary with whom he couldn't possibly have anything in common. That said I really enjoyed some of t...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    Read if you're into: close readings of pop culture, close readings of Queen songs, close readings of John Wayne films, close readings of personal experiences as if they are fiction (but in a good way). Do not read if: you don't know what close readings are. AKA this is a pop cul...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    The first few chapters on Guy's youth were amusing and kind of fun, but there's a lot of bitterness that comes through in later chapters and one essay that's particularly problematic and just put me off entirely. ...

  • Tim Mclaughlin
    Aug 14, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    this book really did not live up to the hype!! Lots of people I like and podcasts I listen to recommended it but it was so underwhelming. I think the thing that bothered me the most was the tone, it was v pretentious. And I know it?s in the title that this book covers unpopular cultu...

    This was kind of a slog and sometimes had so many digressions that I lost the thread of whatever the essay was originally about. I also wish that he treated the reader like less of an adversary with whom he couldn't possibly have anything in common. That said I really enjoyed some of t...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    Read if you're into: close readings of pop culture, close readings of Queen songs, close readings of John Wayne films, close readings of personal experiences as if they are fiction (but in a good way). Do not read if: you don't know what close readings are. AKA this is a pop cul...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    Jul 21, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

  • El_kiablo
    Sep 16, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    this book really did not live up to the hype!! Lots of people I like and podcasts I listen to recommended it but it was so underwhelming. I think the thing that bothered me the most was the tone, it was v pretentious. And I know it?s in the title that this book covers unpopular cultu...

    This was kind of a slog and sometimes had so many digressions that I lost the thread of whatever the essay was originally about. I also wish that he treated the reader like less of an adversary with whom he couldn't possibly have anything in common. That said I really enjoyed some of t...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    Read if you're into: close readings of pop culture, close readings of Queen songs, close readings of John Wayne films, close readings of personal experiences as if they are fiction (but in a good way). Do not read if: you don't know what close readings are. AKA this is a pop cul...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    The first few chapters on Guy's youth were amusing and kind of fun, but there's a lot of bitterness that comes through in later chapters and one essay that's particularly problematic and just put me off entirely. ...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    I didn?t know that this author was a comedy writer when this book was recommended to me but once I saw the cover I totally had to read it. I admit I had expected it to be a lot funnier than it was?this is an understandably angry man with a side of snark. Guy grew up in a family who...

    Guy, one of my favorite podcasters, brings his intellectual wit to his very funny and very nerdy memoir. ...

    Guy cracked me open in ways I wasn't expecting. I laughed, of course, but also cried and got chills and got mad. I loved this book. ...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

    I had no idea what this would be, and ended up loving it. He?s a smart, hilarious writer, and I?m a sucker for clever/mean jokes AND Joan Didion references. ...

    Preface: I didn't know who Guy Branum was before reading it. I don't watch much TV. I've only absorbed about 10% of pop culture over the past 10 years. And yet, this book is hilarious! It's worth listening to for his rants about Canada, Babette's Feast, RBG, and various historical ...

    As someone who's never watched the TV shows Chelsea Lately or The Mindy Project (don't judge me!), Branum wasn't a familiar face or name to me. But his story of his life growing up gay in Yuba City and then his adventures in TV and film did feel very familiar to me. With grace and humo...

    Terrific in ways I hadn't expected. I've read a lot of comedian memoirs. They're all funny and insightful the ways you expect them to be. And so is Guy Branum's book. But what surprised me was how vividly he captured growing up in rural northern California. It's not just that he was...

    I know of Guy from the podcast world and always enjoy his contributions, so picked the audiobook to listen to. It was intelligent, insightful and occasionally funny, but the storytelling dragged and felt repetitive. Maybe it's shallow, but the truth is I was hoping for more career dish...

    Guy Branum's book is an interesting case study in the benefits and limits of what we might call "woke comedy." On the one hand, the way that he mixes humor in with sociological insight can be good; when it works it makes the jokes feel more substantial and it makes the sociology feel l...

  • Viktoria
    Sep 11, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    this book really did not live up to the hype!! Lots of people I like and podcasts I listen to recommended it but it was so underwhelming. I think the thing that bothered me the most was the tone, it was v pretentious. And I know it?s in the title that this book covers unpopular cultu...

    This was kind of a slog and sometimes had so many digressions that I lost the thread of whatever the essay was originally about. I also wish that he treated the reader like less of an adversary with whom he couldn't possibly have anything in common. That said I really enjoyed some of t...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    Read if you're into: close readings of pop culture, close readings of Queen songs, close readings of John Wayne films, close readings of personal experiences as if they are fiction (but in a good way). Do not read if: you don't know what close readings are. AKA this is a pop cul...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    The first few chapters on Guy's youth were amusing and kind of fun, but there's a lot of bitterness that comes through in later chapters and one essay that's particularly problematic and just put me off entirely. ...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    I didn?t know that this author was a comedy writer when this book was recommended to me but once I saw the cover I totally had to read it. I admit I had expected it to be a lot funnier than it was?this is an understandably angry man with a side of snark. Guy grew up in a family who...

    Guy, one of my favorite podcasters, brings his intellectual wit to his very funny and very nerdy memoir. ...

    Guy cracked me open in ways I wasn't expecting. I laughed, of course, but also cried and got chills and got mad. I loved this book. ...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

    I had no idea what this would be, and ended up loving it. He?s a smart, hilarious writer, and I?m a sucker for clever/mean jokes AND Joan Didion references. ...

    Preface: I didn't know who Guy Branum was before reading it. I don't watch much TV. I've only absorbed about 10% of pop culture over the past 10 years. And yet, this book is hilarious! It's worth listening to for his rants about Canada, Babette's Feast, RBG, and various historical ...

  • Richard Parent
    Sep 02, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    this book really did not live up to the hype!! Lots of people I like and podcasts I listen to recommended it but it was so underwhelming. I think the thing that bothered me the most was the tone, it was v pretentious. And I know it?s in the title that this book covers unpopular cultu...

    This was kind of a slog and sometimes had so many digressions that I lost the thread of whatever the essay was originally about. I also wish that he treated the reader like less of an adversary with whom he couldn't possibly have anything in common. That said I really enjoyed some of t...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    Read if you're into: close readings of pop culture, close readings of Queen songs, close readings of John Wayne films, close readings of personal experiences as if they are fiction (but in a good way). Do not read if: you don't know what close readings are. AKA this is a pop cul...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    The first few chapters on Guy's youth were amusing and kind of fun, but there's a lot of bitterness that comes through in later chapters and one essay that's particularly problematic and just put me off entirely. ...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    I didn?t know that this author was a comedy writer when this book was recommended to me but once I saw the cover I totally had to read it. I admit I had expected it to be a lot funnier than it was?this is an understandably angry man with a side of snark. Guy grew up in a family who...

    Guy, one of my favorite podcasters, brings his intellectual wit to his very funny and very nerdy memoir. ...

    Guy cracked me open in ways I wasn't expecting. I laughed, of course, but also cried and got chills and got mad. I loved this book. ...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

    I had no idea what this would be, and ended up loving it. He?s a smart, hilarious writer, and I?m a sucker for clever/mean jokes AND Joan Didion references. ...

    Preface: I didn't know who Guy Branum was before reading it. I don't watch much TV. I've only absorbed about 10% of pop culture over the past 10 years. And yet, this book is hilarious! It's worth listening to for his rants about Canada, Babette's Feast, RBG, and various historical ...

    As someone who's never watched the TV shows Chelsea Lately or The Mindy Project (don't judge me!), Branum wasn't a familiar face or name to me. But his story of his life growing up gay in Yuba City and then his adventures in TV and film did feel very familiar to me. With grace and humo...

  • Erin
    Sep 01, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    this book really did not live up to the hype!! Lots of people I like and podcasts I listen to recommended it but it was so underwhelming. I think the thing that bothered me the most was the tone, it was v pretentious. And I know it?s in the title that this book covers unpopular cultu...

    This was kind of a slog and sometimes had so many digressions that I lost the thread of whatever the essay was originally about. I also wish that he treated the reader like less of an adversary with whom he couldn't possibly have anything in common. That said I really enjoyed some of t...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

  • Sasha
    Oct 15, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    this book really did not live up to the hype!! Lots of people I like and podcasts I listen to recommended it but it was so underwhelming. I think the thing that bothered me the most was the tone, it was v pretentious. And I know it?s in the title that this book covers unpopular cultu...

  • Taurie
    Jun 30, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

  • Allison
    Aug 13, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    this book really did not live up to the hype!! Lots of people I like and podcasts I listen to recommended it but it was so underwhelming. I think the thing that bothered me the most was the tone, it was v pretentious. And I know it?s in the title that this book covers unpopular cultu...

    This was kind of a slog and sometimes had so many digressions that I lost the thread of whatever the essay was originally about. I also wish that he treated the reader like less of an adversary with whom he couldn't possibly have anything in common. That said I really enjoyed some of t...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    Read if you're into: close readings of pop culture, close readings of Queen songs, close readings of John Wayne films, close readings of personal experiences as if they are fiction (but in a good way). Do not read if: you don't know what close readings are. AKA this is a pop cul...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    The first few chapters on Guy's youth were amusing and kind of fun, but there's a lot of bitterness that comes through in later chapters and one essay that's particularly problematic and just put me off entirely. ...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    I didn?t know that this author was a comedy writer when this book was recommended to me but once I saw the cover I totally had to read it. I admit I had expected it to be a lot funnier than it was?this is an understandably angry man with a side of snark. Guy grew up in a family who...

    Guy, one of my favorite podcasters, brings his intellectual wit to his very funny and very nerdy memoir. ...

    Guy cracked me open in ways I wasn't expecting. I laughed, of course, but also cried and got chills and got mad. I loved this book. ...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

    I had no idea what this would be, and ended up loving it. He?s a smart, hilarious writer, and I?m a sucker for clever/mean jokes AND Joan Didion references. ...

    Preface: I didn't know who Guy Branum was before reading it. I don't watch much TV. I've only absorbed about 10% of pop culture over the past 10 years. And yet, this book is hilarious! It's worth listening to for his rants about Canada, Babette's Feast, RBG, and various historical ...

    As someone who's never watched the TV shows Chelsea Lately or The Mindy Project (don't judge me!), Branum wasn't a familiar face or name to me. But his story of his life growing up gay in Yuba City and then his adventures in TV and film did feel very familiar to me. With grace and humo...

    Terrific in ways I hadn't expected. I've read a lot of comedian memoirs. They're all funny and insightful the ways you expect them to be. And so is Guy Branum's book. But what surprised me was how vividly he captured growing up in rural northern California. It's not just that he was...

    I know of Guy from the podcast world and always enjoy his contributions, so picked the audiobook to listen to. It was intelligent, insightful and occasionally funny, but the storytelling dragged and felt repetitive. Maybe it's shallow, but the truth is I was hoping for more career dish...

    Guy Branum's book is an interesting case study in the benefits and limits of what we might call "woke comedy." On the one hand, the way that he mixes humor in with sociological insight can be good; when it works it makes the jokes feel more substantial and it makes the sociology feel l...

    I have always been a fan of Guy but this book made me love him even more. I teared up often reading this starting at the just first chapter because I was so inspired by the story behind the title of the book. This book taught me so many things about words, pop culture, and random histo...

  • Megan O'Hara
    Oct 17, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    this book really did not live up to the hype!! Lots of people I like and podcasts I listen to recommended it but it was so underwhelming. I think the thing that bothered me the most was the tone, it was v pretentious. And I know it?s in the title that this book covers unpopular cultu...

    This was kind of a slog and sometimes had so many digressions that I lost the thread of whatever the essay was originally about. I also wish that he treated the reader like less of an adversary with whom he couldn't possibly have anything in common. That said I really enjoyed some of t...

  • LeAnn Locher
    Aug 31, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    this book really did not live up to the hype!! Lots of people I like and podcasts I listen to recommended it but it was so underwhelming. I think the thing that bothered me the most was the tone, it was v pretentious. And I know it?s in the title that this book covers unpopular cultu...

    This was kind of a slog and sometimes had so many digressions that I lost the thread of whatever the essay was originally about. I also wish that he treated the reader like less of an adversary with whom he couldn't possibly have anything in common. That said I really enjoyed some of t...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    Read if you're into: close readings of pop culture, close readings of Queen songs, close readings of John Wayne films, close readings of personal experiences as if they are fiction (but in a good way). Do not read if: you don't know what close readings are. AKA this is a pop cul...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    The first few chapters on Guy's youth were amusing and kind of fun, but there's a lot of bitterness that comes through in later chapters and one essay that's particularly problematic and just put me off entirely. ...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

  • Cameron Harrie
    Aug 09, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    this book really did not live up to the hype!! Lots of people I like and podcasts I listen to recommended it but it was so underwhelming. I think the thing that bothered me the most was the tone, it was v pretentious. And I know it?s in the title that this book covers unpopular cultu...

    This was kind of a slog and sometimes had so many digressions that I lost the thread of whatever the essay was originally about. I also wish that he treated the reader like less of an adversary with whom he couldn't possibly have anything in common. That said I really enjoyed some of t...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    Read if you're into: close readings of pop culture, close readings of Queen songs, close readings of John Wayne films, close readings of personal experiences as if they are fiction (but in a good way). Do not read if: you don't know what close readings are. AKA this is a pop cul...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

  • John August
    Aug 30, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    this book really did not live up to the hype!! Lots of people I like and podcasts I listen to recommended it but it was so underwhelming. I think the thing that bothered me the most was the tone, it was v pretentious. And I know it?s in the title that this book covers unpopular cultu...

    This was kind of a slog and sometimes had so many digressions that I lost the thread of whatever the essay was originally about. I also wish that he treated the reader like less of an adversary with whom he couldn't possibly have anything in common. That said I really enjoyed some of t...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    Read if you're into: close readings of pop culture, close readings of Queen songs, close readings of John Wayne films, close readings of personal experiences as if they are fiction (but in a good way). Do not read if: you don't know what close readings are. AKA this is a pop cul...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    The first few chapters on Guy's youth were amusing and kind of fun, but there's a lot of bitterness that comes through in later chapters and one essay that's particularly problematic and just put me off entirely. ...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    I didn?t know that this author was a comedy writer when this book was recommended to me but once I saw the cover I totally had to read it. I admit I had expected it to be a lot funnier than it was?this is an understandably angry man with a side of snark. Guy grew up in a family who...

    Guy, one of my favorite podcasters, brings his intellectual wit to his very funny and very nerdy memoir. ...

    Guy cracked me open in ways I wasn't expecting. I laughed, of course, but also cried and got chills and got mad. I loved this book. ...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

    I had no idea what this would be, and ended up loving it. He?s a smart, hilarious writer, and I?m a sucker for clever/mean jokes AND Joan Didion references. ...

    Preface: I didn't know who Guy Branum was before reading it. I don't watch much TV. I've only absorbed about 10% of pop culture over the past 10 years. And yet, this book is hilarious! It's worth listening to for his rants about Canada, Babette's Feast, RBG, and various historical ...

    As someone who's never watched the TV shows Chelsea Lately or The Mindy Project (don't judge me!), Branum wasn't a familiar face or name to me. But his story of his life growing up gay in Yuba City and then his adventures in TV and film did feel very familiar to me. With grace and humo...

    Terrific in ways I hadn't expected. I've read a lot of comedian memoirs. They're all funny and insightful the ways you expect them to be. And so is Guy Branum's book. But what surprised me was how vividly he captured growing up in rural northern California. It's not just that he was...

  • Matthew Faulkner
    Aug 20, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    this book really did not live up to the hype!! Lots of people I like and podcasts I listen to recommended it but it was so underwhelming. I think the thing that bothered me the most was the tone, it was v pretentious. And I know it?s in the title that this book covers unpopular cultu...

    This was kind of a slog and sometimes had so many digressions that I lost the thread of whatever the essay was originally about. I also wish that he treated the reader like less of an adversary with whom he couldn't possibly have anything in common. That said I really enjoyed some of t...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    Read if you're into: close readings of pop culture, close readings of Queen songs, close readings of John Wayne films, close readings of personal experiences as if they are fiction (but in a good way). Do not read if: you don't know what close readings are. AKA this is a pop cul...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...