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

  • Amanda
    Jun 26, 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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

    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 ...

    I loved this book! Every time I took a reading break, I couldn't wait to get right back into it. It's so funny and smart, even during the parts that are painful and heartbreaking. I laughed out loud and teared up within the first 50 pages; it's an emotional journey for sure. Having gro...

  • Malia
    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

    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 ...

    I loved this book! Every time I took a reading break, I couldn't wait to get right back into it. It's so funny and smart, even during the parts that are painful and heartbreaking. I laughed out loud and teared up within the first 50 pages; it's an emotional journey for sure. Having gro...

    Actually, a 4.5. Other than a couple of places where the narrative bogged down (including near the end where he went into WAY too much detail comparing two TV shows about TV shows) I found the book to be humorous, educational, engagingly introspective, explicating, and yet a very good ...

    This book is so good! His mind just boggled my mind so many times. I loved that he talked about the history of Canada, and different movies in the context of his life. He is super media literate, and make a lot of points about gay porn and the "gay voice" that made so much sense to me....

    This was sent to me as a birthday gift. I was able to read it in one day even though I wanted to spread it out to last at least a week. I have been a fan of Guy for a while now and I'm happy to say he writes with the same biting and knowledgable wit that made me fall in love with his c...

    This book is pretty good. The chapters where Guy gets personal are the best ones. He?s funny and brilliant and sometimes transforms his vulnerability into something very sweet. But many of those chapters are bogged down by long, defensive rambles about history or an obscure film. As ...

    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...

    Humorous celebrity memoirs are not always my faves, but this is a really good one. I love the Pop Rocket podcast, and I'm so glad this memoir goes into interesting pop culture criticism in the same way the podcast does. I'm glad it doesn't delve into smarmy life/career advice like some...

  • Katy
    Aug 04, 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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

    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 ...

    I loved this book! Every time I took a reading break, I couldn't wait to get right back into it. It's so funny and smart, even during the parts that are painful and heartbreaking. I laughed out loud and teared up within the first 50 pages; it's an emotional journey for sure. Having gro...

    Actually, a 4.5. Other than a couple of places where the narrative bogged down (including near the end where he went into WAY too much detail comparing two TV shows about TV shows) I found the book to be humorous, educational, engagingly introspective, explicating, and yet a very good ...

    This book is so good! His mind just boggled my mind so many times. I loved that he talked about the history of Canada, and different movies in the context of his life. He is super media literate, and make a lot of points about gay porn and the "gay voice" that made so much sense to me....

    This was sent to me as a birthday gift. I was able to read it in one day even though I wanted to spread it out to last at least a week. I have been a fan of Guy for a while now and I'm happy to say he writes with the same biting and knowledgable wit that made me fall in love with his c...

    This book is pretty good. The chapters where Guy gets personal are the best ones. He?s funny and brilliant and sometimes transforms his vulnerability into something very sweet. But many of those chapters are bogged down by long, defensive rambles about history or an obscure film. As ...

    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...

    Humorous celebrity memoirs are not always my faves, but this is a really good one. I love the Pop Rocket podcast, and I'm so glad this memoir goes into interesting pop culture criticism in the same way the podcast does. I'm glad it doesn't delve into smarmy life/career advice like some...

    I received an ARC of this book from Net galley for an honest review. I've been a fan of Guy Branum for years, ever since I saw him on Chelsea Lately. So when I saw he had a book coming out I knew I was going to read it. I'm a fan of memoirs in general and comedic personalities especial...

    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...

    I love Guy Branum. I only know him through various podcasts I listen to but I always enjoy his insights and humor. I was so excited to get this book. I settled in expecting a hilarious, witty and light hearted book of essays. This book was nothing like I expected. Instead it was a book...

    It might have been easier to dog-ear the pages in MY LIFE AS A GODDESS that weren?t mind-blowingly brilliant. ?The Rules Of Enchantment" stopped me, thinking of comedians as spell-casters. This book was a brain workout. It was beautiful. I thought the title was just a funny jok...

    I had to listen to the audio book because Guy Branum is a goddess. He is smart, he is witty, he knows how to intellectually humanize both Ruth Bater Ginsburg and Joan Rivers. He at once insists that diversity of voices in media is important to insuring American society may one day achi...

  • lp
    Aug 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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

    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 ...

    I loved this book! Every time I took a reading break, I couldn't wait to get right back into it. It's so funny and smart, even during the parts that are painful and heartbreaking. I laughed out loud and teared up within the first 50 pages; it's an emotional journey for sure. Having gro...

    Actually, a 4.5. Other than a couple of places where the narrative bogged down (including near the end where he went into WAY too much detail comparing two TV shows about TV shows) I found the book to be humorous, educational, engagingly introspective, explicating, and yet a very good ...

    This book is so good! His mind just boggled my mind so many times. I loved that he talked about the history of Canada, and different movies in the context of his life. He is super media literate, and make a lot of points about gay porn and the "gay voice" that made so much sense to me....

    This was sent to me as a birthday gift. I was able to read it in one day even though I wanted to spread it out to last at least a week. I have been a fan of Guy for a while now and I'm happy to say he writes with the same biting and knowledgable wit that made me fall in love with his c...

    This book is pretty good. The chapters where Guy gets personal are the best ones. He?s funny and brilliant and sometimes transforms his vulnerability into something very sweet. But many of those chapters are bogged down by long, defensive rambles about history or an obscure film. As ...

    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...

    Humorous celebrity memoirs are not always my faves, but this is a really good one. I love the Pop Rocket podcast, and I'm so glad this memoir goes into interesting pop culture criticism in the same way the podcast does. I'm glad it doesn't delve into smarmy life/career advice like some...

    I received an ARC of this book from Net galley for an honest review. I've been a fan of Guy Branum for years, ever since I saw him on Chelsea Lately. So when I saw he had a book coming out I knew I was going to read it. I'm a fan of memoirs in general and comedic personalities especial...

    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...

    I love Guy Branum. I only know him through various podcasts I listen to but I always enjoy his insights and humor. I was so excited to get this book. I settled in expecting a hilarious, witty and light hearted book of essays. This book was nothing like I expected. Instead it was a book...

    It might have been easier to dog-ear the pages in MY LIFE AS A GODDESS that weren?t mind-blowingly brilliant. ?The Rules Of Enchantment" stopped me, thinking of comedians as spell-casters. This book was a brain workout. It was beautiful. I thought the title was just a funny jok...

  • 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...

    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 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...

  • 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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

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

  • Zimes
    Aug 10, 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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

    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 ...

    I loved this book! Every time I took a reading break, I couldn't wait to get right back into it. It's so funny and smart, even during the parts that are painful and heartbreaking. I laughed out loud and teared up within the first 50 pages; it's an emotional journey for sure. Having gro...

    Actually, a 4.5. Other than a couple of places where the narrative bogged down (including near the end where he went into WAY too much detail comparing two TV shows about TV shows) I found the book to be humorous, educational, engagingly introspective, explicating, and yet a very good ...

    This book is so good! His mind just boggled my mind so many times. I loved that he talked about the history of Canada, and different movies in the context of his life. He is super media literate, and make a lot of points about gay porn and the "gay voice" that made so much sense to me....

    This was sent to me as a birthday gift. I was able to read it in one day even though I wanted to spread it out to last at least a week. I have been a fan of Guy for a while now and I'm happy to say he writes with the same biting and knowledgable wit that made me fall in love with his c...

    This book is pretty good. The chapters where Guy gets personal are the best ones. He?s funny and brilliant and sometimes transforms his vulnerability into something very sweet. But many of those chapters are bogged down by long, defensive rambles about history or an obscure film. As ...

    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...

    Humorous celebrity memoirs are not always my faves, but this is a really good one. I love the Pop Rocket podcast, and I'm so glad this memoir goes into interesting pop culture criticism in the same way the podcast does. I'm glad it doesn't delve into smarmy life/career advice like some...

    I received an ARC of this book from Net galley for an honest review. I've been a fan of Guy Branum for years, ever since I saw him on Chelsea Lately. So when I saw he had a book coming out I knew I was going to read it. I'm a fan of memoirs in general and comedic personalities especial...

  • 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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

    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 ...

    I loved this book! Every time I took a reading break, I couldn't wait to get right back into it. It's so funny and smart, even during the parts that are painful and heartbreaking. I laughed out loud and teared up within the first 50 pages; it's an emotional journey for sure. Having gro...

    Actually, a 4.5. Other than a couple of places where the narrative bogged down (including near the end where he went into WAY too much detail comparing two TV shows about TV shows) I found the book to be humorous, educational, engagingly introspective, explicating, and yet a very good ...

    This book is so good! His mind just boggled my mind so many times. I loved that he talked about the history of Canada, and different movies in the context of his life. He is super media literate, and make a lot of points about gay porn and the "gay voice" that made so much sense to me....

    This was sent to me as a birthday gift. I was able to read it in one day even though I wanted to spread it out to last at least a week. I have been a fan of Guy for a while now and I'm happy to say he writes with the same biting and knowledgable wit that made me fall in love with his c...

    This book is pretty good. The chapters where Guy gets personal are the best ones. He?s funny and brilliant and sometimes transforms his vulnerability into something very sweet. But many of those chapters are bogged down by long, defensive rambles about history or an obscure film. As ...

    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...

    Humorous celebrity memoirs are not always my faves, but this is a really good one. I love the Pop Rocket podcast, and I'm so glad this memoir goes into interesting pop culture criticism in the same way the podcast does. I'm glad it doesn't delve into smarmy life/career advice like some...

    I received an ARC of this book from Net galley for an honest review. I've been a fan of Guy Branum for years, ever since I saw him on Chelsea Lately. So when I saw he had a book coming out I knew I was going to read it. I'm a fan of memoirs in general and comedic personalities especial...

    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

  • Susan
    Jul 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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

    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 ...

    I loved this book! Every time I took a reading break, I couldn't wait to get right back into it. It's so funny and smart, even during the parts that are painful and heartbreaking. I laughed out loud and teared up within the first 50 pages; it's an emotional journey for sure. Having gro...

    Actually, a 4.5. Other than a couple of places where the narrative bogged down (including near the end where he went into WAY too much detail comparing two TV shows about TV shows) I found the book to be humorous, educational, engagingly introspective, explicating, and yet a very good ...

    This book is so good! His mind just boggled my mind so many times. I loved that he talked about the history of Canada, and different movies in the context of his life. He is super media literate, and make a lot of points about gay porn and the "gay voice" that made so much sense to me....

    This was sent to me as a birthday gift. I was able to read it in one day even though I wanted to spread it out to last at least a week. I have been a fan of Guy for a while now and I'm happy to say he writes with the same biting and knowledgable wit that made me fall in love with his c...

    This book is pretty good. The chapters where Guy gets personal are the best ones. He?s funny and brilliant and sometimes transforms his vulnerability into something very sweet. But many of those chapters are bogged down by long, defensive rambles about history or an obscure film. As ...

    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...

    Humorous celebrity memoirs are not always my faves, but this is a really good one. I love the Pop Rocket podcast, and I'm so glad this memoir goes into interesting pop culture criticism in the same way the podcast does. I'm glad it doesn't delve into smarmy life/career advice like some...

    I received an ARC of this book from Net galley for an honest review. I've been a fan of Guy Branum for years, ever since I saw him on Chelsea Lately. So when I saw he had a book coming out I knew I was going to read it. I'm a fan of memoirs in general and comedic personalities especial...

    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...

    I love Guy Branum. I only know him through various podcasts I listen to but I always enjoy his insights and humor. I was so excited to get this book. I settled in expecting a hilarious, witty and light hearted book of essays. This book was nothing like I expected. Instead it was a 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 ...

  • Jennifer
    Apr 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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

  • Jane
    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

  • 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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

    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 ...

    I loved this book! Every time I took a reading break, I couldn't wait to get right back into it. It's so funny and smart, even during the parts that are painful and heartbreaking. I laughed out loud and teared up within the first 50 pages; it's an emotional journey for sure. Having gro...

    Actually, a 4.5. Other than a couple of places where the narrative bogged down (including near the end where he went into WAY too much detail comparing two TV shows about TV shows) I found the book to be humorous, educational, engagingly introspective, explicating, and yet a very good ...

    This book is so good! His mind just boggled my mind so many times. I loved that he talked about the history of Canada, and different movies in the context of his life. He is super media literate, and make a lot of points about gay porn and the "gay voice" that made so much sense to me....

    This was sent to me as a birthday gift. I was able to read it in one day even though I wanted to spread it out to last at least a week. I have been a fan of Guy for a while now and I'm happy to say he writes with the same biting and knowledgable wit that made me fall in love with his c...

    This book is pretty good. The chapters where Guy gets personal are the best ones. He?s funny and brilliant and sometimes transforms his vulnerability into something very sweet. But many of those chapters are bogged down by long, defensive rambles about history or an obscure film. As ...

    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...

    Humorous celebrity memoirs are not always my faves, but this is a really good one. I love the Pop Rocket podcast, and I'm so glad this memoir goes into interesting pop culture criticism in the same way the podcast does. I'm glad it doesn't delve into smarmy life/career advice like some...

    I received an ARC of this book from Net galley for an honest review. I've been a fan of Guy Branum for years, ever since I saw him on Chelsea Lately. So when I saw he had a book coming out I knew I was going to read it. I'm a fan of memoirs in general and comedic personalities especial...

    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...

    I love Guy Branum. I only know him through various podcasts I listen to but I always enjoy his insights and humor. I was so excited to get this book. I settled in expecting a hilarious, witty and light hearted book of essays. This book was nothing like I expected. Instead it was a book...

    It might have been easier to dog-ear the pages in MY LIFE AS A GODDESS that weren?t mind-blowingly brilliant. ?The Rules Of Enchantment" stopped me, thinking of comedians as spell-casters. This book was a brain workout. It was beautiful. I thought the title was just a funny jok...

    I had to listen to the audio book because Guy Branum is a goddess. He is smart, he is witty, he knows how to intellectually humanize both Ruth Bater Ginsburg and Joan Rivers. He at once insists that diversity of voices in media is important to insuring American society may one day achi...

    Guy Branum was a comedy writer for some of my favorite shows like Chelsea Lately, The Mindy Project and Billy on the Street. This book is a collection of stories detailing his childhood and teen years in a Northern CA farm town to his time spent working with comedy stars like Chelsea H...

    One of the best memoirs I have ever read. The writing is solid, clever, and funny. The stories are poignant, raw, and funny. If you can choose an audio version so you can hear Branum?s rich and powerful delivery. I never expected to be moved to tears hearing the legal triumphs of Rut...

    I love Guy Branum! Pop Rocket is my favorite podcast, and as soon as this book was mentioned I knew it would be a must read. Guy's voice comes through so clearly in these stories of his life with frequent detours into pop culture and obscure history. Smart, funny, dishy and insightful ...

    I won this book from a goodreads giveaway. I hadn't heard of Branum before but I mostly enjoyed reading this book. It was entertaining and I enjoyed reading something from someone who is different than me in so many ways- a white, gay man, for instance. I am really fatigued from all th...

    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. ...

  • Mitchell Sigmund
    Aug 08, 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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

    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 ...

    I loved this book! Every time I took a reading break, I couldn't wait to get right back into it. It's so funny and smart, even during the parts that are painful and heartbreaking. I laughed out loud and teared up within the first 50 pages; it's an emotional journey for sure. Having gro...

    Actually, a 4.5. Other than a couple of places where the narrative bogged down (including near the end where he went into WAY too much detail comparing two TV shows about TV shows) I found the book to be humorous, educational, engagingly introspective, explicating, and yet a very good ...

    This book is so good! His mind just boggled my mind so many times. I loved that he talked about the history of Canada, and different movies in the context of his life. He is super media literate, and make a lot of points about gay porn and the "gay voice" that made so much sense to me....

    This was sent to me as a birthday gift. I was able to read it in one day even though I wanted to spread it out to last at least a week. I have been a fan of Guy for a while now and I'm happy to say he writes with the same biting and knowledgable wit that made me fall in love with his c...

  • 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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

  • Larry Hostetler
    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

    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 ...

    I loved this book! Every time I took a reading break, I couldn't wait to get right back into it. It's so funny and smart, even during the parts that are painful and heartbreaking. I laughed out loud and teared up within the first 50 pages; it's an emotional journey for sure. Having gro...

    Actually, a 4.5. Other than a couple of places where the narrative bogged down (including near the end where he went into WAY too much detail comparing two TV shows about TV shows) I found the book to be humorous, educational, engagingly introspective, explicating, and yet a very good ...

  • Nadia Carrim
    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

    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 ...

    I loved this book! Every time I took a reading break, I couldn't wait to get right back into it. It's so funny and smart, even during the parts that are painful and heartbreaking. I laughed out loud and teared up within the first 50 pages; it's an emotional journey for sure. Having gro...

    Actually, a 4.5. Other than a couple of places where the narrative bogged down (including near the end where he went into WAY too much detail comparing two TV shows about TV shows) I found the book to be humorous, educational, engagingly introspective, explicating, and yet a very good ...

    This book is so good! His mind just boggled my mind so many times. I loved that he talked about the history of Canada, and different movies in the context of his life. He is super media literate, and make a lot of points about gay porn and the "gay voice" that made so much sense to me....

    This was sent to me as a birthday gift. I was able to read it in one day even though I wanted to spread it out to last at least a week. I have been a fan of Guy for a while now and I'm happy to say he writes with the same biting and knowledgable wit that made me fall in love with his c...

    This book is pretty good. The chapters where Guy gets personal are the best ones. He?s funny and brilliant and sometimes transforms his vulnerability into something very sweet. But many of those chapters are bogged down by long, defensive rambles about history or an obscure film. As ...

    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...

    Humorous celebrity memoirs are not always my faves, but this is a really good one. I love the Pop Rocket podcast, and I'm so glad this memoir goes into interesting pop culture criticism in the same way the podcast does. I'm glad it doesn't delve into smarmy life/career advice like some...

    I received an ARC of this book from Net galley for an honest review. I've been a fan of Guy Branum for years, ever since I saw him on Chelsea Lately. So when I saw he had a book coming out I knew I was going to read it. I'm a fan of memoirs in general and comedic personalities especial...

    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...

    I love Guy Branum. I only know him through various podcasts I listen to but I always enjoy his insights and humor. I was so excited to get this book. I settled in expecting a hilarious, witty and light hearted book of essays. This book was nothing like I expected. Instead it was a book...

    It might have been easier to dog-ear the pages in MY LIFE AS A GODDESS that weren?t mind-blowingly brilliant. ?The Rules Of Enchantment" stopped me, thinking of comedians as spell-casters. This book was a brain workout. It was beautiful. I thought the title was just a funny jok...

    I had to listen to the audio book because Guy Branum is a goddess. He is smart, he is witty, he knows how to intellectually humanize both Ruth Bater Ginsburg and Joan Rivers. He at once insists that diversity of voices in media is important to insuring American society may one day achi...

    Guy Branum was a comedy writer for some of my favorite shows like Chelsea Lately, The Mindy Project and Billy on the Street. This book is a collection of stories detailing his childhood and teen years in a Northern CA farm town to his time spent working with comedy stars like Chelsea H...

    One of the best memoirs I have ever read. The writing is solid, clever, and funny. The stories are poignant, raw, and funny. If you can choose an audio version so you can hear Branum?s rich and powerful delivery. I never expected to be moved to tears hearing the legal triumphs of Rut...

    I love Guy Branum! Pop Rocket is my favorite podcast, and as soon as this book was mentioned I knew it would be a must read. Guy's voice comes through so clearly in these stories of his life with frequent detours into pop culture and obscure history. Smart, funny, dishy and insightful ...

    I won this book from a goodreads giveaway. I hadn't heard of Branum before but I mostly enjoyed reading this book. It was entertaining and I enjoyed reading something from someone who is different than me in so many ways- a white, gay man, for instance. I am really fatigued from all th...

    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 got an ARC copy on kindle! I enjoyed his sarcastic humor, and GORGEOUS language. He uses words I've never even seen before (my vocabulary builder list on kindle is overflowing). I recommend for anyone who is a fan of his work and likes a good laugh! ...

  • Rachel Anders
    Aug 10, 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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

    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 ...

    I loved this book! Every time I took a reading break, I couldn't wait to get right back into it. It's so funny and smart, even during the parts that are painful and heartbreaking. I laughed out loud and teared up within the first 50 pages; it's an emotional journey for sure. Having gro...

    Actually, a 4.5. Other than a couple of places where the narrative bogged down (including near the end where he went into WAY too much detail comparing two TV shows about TV shows) I found the book to be humorous, educational, engagingly introspective, explicating, and yet a very good ...

    This book is so good! His mind just boggled my mind so many times. I loved that he talked about the history of Canada, and different movies in the context of his life. He is super media literate, and make a lot of points about gay porn and the "gay voice" that made so much sense to me....

    This was sent to me as a birthday gift. I was able to read it in one day even though I wanted to spread it out to last at least a week. I have been a fan of Guy for a while now and I'm happy to say he writes with the same biting and knowledgable wit that made me fall in love with his c...

    This book is pretty good. The chapters where Guy gets personal are the best ones. He?s funny and brilliant and sometimes transforms his vulnerability into something very sweet. But many of those chapters are bogged down by long, defensive rambles about history or an obscure film. As ...

  • Abbey
    Aug 04, 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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

    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 ...

    I loved this book! Every time I took a reading break, I couldn't wait to get right back into it. It's so funny and smart, even during the parts that are painful and heartbreaking. I laughed out loud and teared up within the first 50 pages; it's an emotional journey for sure. Having gro...

    Actually, a 4.5. Other than a couple of places where the narrative bogged down (including near the end where he went into WAY too much detail comparing two TV shows about TV shows) I found the book to be humorous, educational, engagingly introspective, explicating, and yet a very good ...

    This book is so good! His mind just boggled my mind so many times. I loved that he talked about the history of Canada, and different movies in the context of his life. He is super media literate, and make a lot of points about gay porn and the "gay voice" that made so much sense to me....

    This was sent to me as a birthday gift. I was able to read it in one day even though I wanted to spread it out to last at least a week. I have been a fan of Guy for a while now and I'm happy to say he writes with the same biting and knowledgable wit that made me fall in love with his c...

    This book is pretty good. The chapters where Guy gets personal are the best ones. He?s funny and brilliant and sometimes transforms his vulnerability into something very sweet. But many of those chapters are bogged down by long, defensive rambles about history or an obscure film. As ...

    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...

    Humorous celebrity memoirs are not always my faves, but this is a really good one. I love the Pop Rocket podcast, and I'm so glad this memoir goes into interesting pop culture criticism in the same way the podcast does. I'm glad it doesn't delve into smarmy life/career advice like some...

    I received an ARC of this book from Net galley for an honest review. I've been a fan of Guy Branum for years, ever since I saw him on Chelsea Lately. So when I saw he had a book coming out I knew I was going to read it. I'm a fan of memoirs in general and comedic personalities especial...

    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...

    I love Guy Branum. I only know him through various podcasts I listen to but I always enjoy his insights and humor. I was so excited to get this book. I settled in expecting a hilarious, witty and light hearted book of essays. This book was nothing like I expected. Instead it was a book...

    It might have been easier to dog-ear the pages in MY LIFE AS A GODDESS that weren?t mind-blowingly brilliant. ?The Rules Of Enchantment" stopped me, thinking of comedians as spell-casters. This book was a brain workout. It was beautiful. I thought the title was just a funny jok...

    I had to listen to the audio book because Guy Branum is a goddess. He is smart, he is witty, he knows how to intellectually humanize both Ruth Bater Ginsburg and Joan Rivers. He at once insists that diversity of voices in media is important to insuring American society may one day achi...

    Guy Branum was a comedy writer for some of my favorite shows like Chelsea Lately, The Mindy Project and Billy on the Street. This book is a collection of stories detailing his childhood and teen years in a Northern CA farm town to his time spent working with comedy stars like Chelsea H...

    One of the best memoirs I have ever read. The writing is solid, clever, and funny. The stories are poignant, raw, and funny. If you can choose an audio version so you can hear Branum?s rich and powerful delivery. I never expected to be moved to tears hearing the legal triumphs of Rut...

    I love Guy Branum! Pop Rocket is my favorite podcast, and as soon as this book was mentioned I knew it would be a must read. Guy's voice comes through so clearly in these stories of his life with frequent detours into pop culture and obscure history. Smart, funny, dishy and insightful ...

  • 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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

  • Jennifer
    Jun 27, 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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

    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 ...

    I loved this book! Every time I took a reading break, I couldn't wait to get right back into it. It's so funny and smart, even during the parts that are painful and heartbreaking. I laughed out loud and teared up within the first 50 pages; it's an emotional journey for sure. Having gro...

    Actually, a 4.5. Other than a couple of places where the narrative bogged down (including near the end where he went into WAY too much detail comparing two TV shows about TV shows) I found the book to be humorous, educational, engagingly introspective, explicating, and yet a very good ...

    This book is so good! His mind just boggled my mind so many times. I loved that he talked about the history of Canada, and different movies in the context of his life. He is super media literate, and make a lot of points about gay porn and the "gay voice" that made so much sense to me....

    This was sent to me as a birthday gift. I was able to read it in one day even though I wanted to spread it out to last at least a week. I have been a fan of Guy for a while now and I'm happy to say he writes with the same biting and knowledgable wit that made me fall in love with his c...

    This book is pretty good. The chapters where Guy gets personal are the best ones. He?s funny and brilliant and sometimes transforms his vulnerability into something very sweet. But many of those chapters are bogged down by long, defensive rambles about history or an obscure film. As ...

    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...

    Humorous celebrity memoirs are not always my faves, but this is a really good one. I love the Pop Rocket podcast, and I'm so glad this memoir goes into interesting pop culture criticism in the same way the podcast does. I'm glad it doesn't delve into smarmy life/career advice like some...

    I received an ARC of this book from Net galley for an honest review. I've been a fan of Guy Branum for years, ever since I saw him on Chelsea Lately. So when I saw he had a book coming out I knew I was going to read it. I'm a fan of memoirs in general and comedic personalities especial...

    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...

    I love Guy Branum. I only know him through various podcasts I listen to but I always enjoy his insights and humor. I was so excited to get this book. I settled in expecting a hilarious, witty and light hearted book of essays. This book was nothing like I expected. Instead it was a book...

    It might have been easier to dog-ear the pages in MY LIFE AS A GODDESS that weren?t mind-blowingly brilliant. ?The Rules Of Enchantment" stopped me, thinking of comedians as spell-casters. This book was a brain workout. It was beautiful. I thought the title was just a funny jok...

    I had to listen to the audio book because Guy Branum is a goddess. He is smart, he is witty, he knows how to intellectually humanize both Ruth Bater Ginsburg and Joan Rivers. He at once insists that diversity of voices in media is important to insuring American society may one day achi...

    Guy Branum was a comedy writer for some of my favorite shows like Chelsea Lately, The Mindy Project and Billy on the Street. This book is a collection of stories detailing his childhood and teen years in a Northern CA farm town to his time spent working with comedy stars like Chelsea H...

    One of the best memoirs I have ever read. The writing is solid, clever, and funny. The stories are poignant, raw, and funny. If you can choose an audio version so you can hear Branum?s rich and powerful delivery. I never expected to be moved to tears hearing the legal triumphs of Rut...

    I love Guy Branum! Pop Rocket is my favorite podcast, and as soon as this book was mentioned I knew it would be a must read. Guy's voice comes through so clearly in these stories of his life with frequent detours into pop culture and obscure history. Smart, funny, dishy and insightful ...

    I won this book from a goodreads giveaway. I hadn't heard of Branum before but I mostly enjoyed reading this book. It was entertaining and I enjoyed reading something from someone who is different than me in so many ways- a white, gay man, for instance. I am really fatigued from all th...

  • 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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

    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 ...

    I loved this book! Every time I took a reading break, I couldn't wait to get right back into it. It's so funny and smart, even during the parts that are painful and heartbreaking. I laughed out loud and teared up within the first 50 pages; it's an emotional journey for sure. Having gro...

    Actually, a 4.5. Other than a couple of places where the narrative bogged down (including near the end where he went into WAY too much detail comparing two TV shows about TV shows) I found the book to be humorous, educational, engagingly introspective, explicating, and yet a very good ...

    This book is so good! His mind just boggled my mind so many times. I loved that he talked about the history of Canada, and different movies in the context of his life. He is super media literate, and make a lot of points about gay porn and the "gay voice" that made so much sense to me....

    This was sent to me as a birthday gift. I was able to read it in one day even though I wanted to spread it out to last at least a week. I have been a fan of Guy for a while now and I'm happy to say he writes with the same biting and knowledgable wit that made me fall in love with his c...

    This book is pretty good. The chapters where Guy gets personal are the best ones. He?s funny and brilliant and sometimes transforms his vulnerability into something very sweet. But many of those chapters are bogged down by long, defensive rambles about history or an obscure film. As ...

    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...

  • thebakedbook
    Aug 07, 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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

    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 ...

    I loved this book! Every time I took a reading break, I couldn't wait to get right back into it. It's so funny and smart, even during the parts that are painful and heartbreaking. I laughed out loud and teared up within the first 50 pages; it's an emotional journey for sure. Having gro...

    Actually, a 4.5. Other than a couple of places where the narrative bogged down (including near the end where he went into WAY too much detail comparing two TV shows about TV shows) I found the book to be humorous, educational, engagingly introspective, explicating, and yet a very good ...

    This book is so good! His mind just boggled my mind so many times. I loved that he talked about the history of Canada, and different movies in the context of his life. He is super media literate, and make a lot of points about gay porn and the "gay voice" that made so much sense to me....

  • Cameron
    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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

    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 ...

  • AnnMarie
    Jul 04, 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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

    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 ...

    I loved this book! Every time I took a reading break, I couldn't wait to get right back into it. It's so funny and smart, even during the parts that are painful and heartbreaking. I laughed out loud and teared up within the first 50 pages; it's an emotional journey for sure. Having gro...

    Actually, a 4.5. Other than a couple of places where the narrative bogged down (including near the end where he went into WAY too much detail comparing two TV shows about TV shows) I found the book to be humorous, educational, engagingly introspective, explicating, and yet a very good ...

    This book is so good! His mind just boggled my mind so many times. I loved that he talked about the history of Canada, and different movies in the context of his life. He is super media literate, and make a lot of points about gay porn and the "gay voice" that made so much sense to me....

    This was sent to me as a birthday gift. I was able to read it in one day even though I wanted to spread it out to last at least a week. I have been a fan of Guy for a while now and I'm happy to say he writes with the same biting and knowledgable wit that made me fall in love with his c...

    This book is pretty good. The chapters where Guy gets personal are the best ones. He?s funny and brilliant and sometimes transforms his vulnerability into something very sweet. But many of those chapters are bogged down by long, defensive rambles about history or an obscure film. As ...

    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...

    Humorous celebrity memoirs are not always my faves, but this is a really good one. I love the Pop Rocket podcast, and I'm so glad this memoir goes into interesting pop culture criticism in the same way the podcast does. I'm glad it doesn't delve into smarmy life/career advice like some...

    I received an ARC of this book from Net galley for an honest review. I've been a fan of Guy Branum for years, ever since I saw him on Chelsea Lately. So when I saw he had a book coming out I knew I was going to read it. I'm a fan of memoirs in general and comedic personalities especial...

    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...

    I love Guy Branum. I only know him through various podcasts I listen to but I always enjoy his insights and humor. I was so excited to get this book. I settled in expecting a hilarious, witty and light hearted book of essays. This book was nothing like I expected. Instead it was a book...

    It might have been easier to dog-ear the pages in MY LIFE AS A GODDESS that weren?t mind-blowingly brilliant. ?The Rules Of Enchantment" stopped me, thinking of comedians as spell-casters. This book was a brain workout. It was beautiful. I thought the title was just a funny jok...

    I had to listen to the audio book because Guy Branum is a goddess. He is smart, he is witty, he knows how to intellectually humanize both Ruth Bater Ginsburg and Joan Rivers. He at once insists that diversity of voices in media is important to insuring American society may one day achi...

    Guy Branum was a comedy writer for some of my favorite shows like Chelsea Lately, The Mindy Project and Billy on the Street. This book is a collection of stories detailing his childhood and teen years in a Northern CA farm town to his time spent working with comedy stars like Chelsea H...

  • Frank778
    Aug 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...

    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 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...

    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...

    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...

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

    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. ...

    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...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

    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 ...

    I loved this book! Every time I took a reading break, I couldn't wait to get right back into it. It's so funny and smart, even during the parts that are painful and heartbreaking. I laughed out loud and teared up within the first 50 pages; it's an emotional journey for sure. Having gro...

    Actually, a 4.5. Other than a couple of places where the narrative bogged down (including near the end where he went into WAY too much detail comparing two TV shows about TV shows) I found the book to be humorous, educational, engagingly introspective, explicating, and yet a very good ...

    This book is so good! His mind just boggled my mind so many times. I loved that he talked about the history of Canada, and different movies in the context of his life. He is super media literate, and make a lot of points about gay porn and the "gay voice" that made so much sense to me....

    This was sent to me as a birthday gift. I was able to read it in one day even though I wanted to spread it out to last at least a week. I have been a fan of Guy for a while now and I'm happy to say he writes with the same biting and knowledgable wit that made me fall in love with his c...

    This book is pretty good. The chapters where Guy gets personal are the best ones. He?s funny and brilliant and sometimes transforms his vulnerability into something very sweet. But many of those chapters are bogged down by long, defensive rambles about history or an obscure film. As ...

    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...

    Humorous celebrity memoirs are not always my faves, but this is a really good one. I love the Pop Rocket podcast, and I'm so glad this memoir goes into interesting pop culture criticism in the same way the podcast does. I'm glad it doesn't delve into smarmy life/career advice like some...

    I received an ARC of this book from Net galley for an honest review. I've been a fan of Guy Branum for years, ever since I saw him on Chelsea Lately. So when I saw he had a book coming out I knew I was going to read it. I'm a fan of memoirs in general and comedic personalities especial...

    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...

    I love Guy Branum. I only know him through various podcasts I listen to but I always enjoy his insights and humor. I was so excited to get this book. I settled in expecting a hilarious, witty and light hearted book of essays. This book was nothing like I expected. Instead it was a book...

    It might have been easier to dog-ear the pages in MY LIFE AS A GODDESS that weren?t mind-blowingly brilliant. ?The Rules Of Enchantment" stopped me, thinking of comedians as spell-casters. This book was a brain workout. It was beautiful. I thought the title was just a funny jok...

    I had to listen to the audio book because Guy Branum is a goddess. He is smart, he is witty, he knows how to intellectually humanize both Ruth Bater Ginsburg and Joan Rivers. He at once insists that diversity of voices in media is important to insuring American society may one day achi...

    Guy Branum was a comedy writer for some of my favorite shows like Chelsea Lately, The Mindy Project and Billy on the Street. This book is a collection of stories detailing his childhood and teen years in a Northern CA farm town to his time spent working with comedy stars like Chelsea H...

    One of the best memoirs I have ever read. The writing is solid, clever, and funny. The stories are poignant, raw, and funny. If you can choose an audio version so you can hear Branum?s rich and powerful delivery. I never expected to be moved to tears hearing the legal triumphs of Rut...