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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

Choose Your Own Autobiography
by Neil Patrick Harris
ISBN: 978-0-385-34699-3
Random House
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Description: Tired of memoirs that only tell you what really happened?

Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Then look no further than Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. You will be born in New Mexico. You will get your big break at an acting camp. You will get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan. Even better, at each critical juncture of your life you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D. You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John’s yacht.

Choose correctly and you’ll find fame, fortune, and true love. Choose incorrectly and you’ll find misery, heartbreak, and a guest stint on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. All this, plus magic tricks, cocktail recipes, embarrassing pictures from your time as a child actor, and even a closing song. Yes, if you buy one book this year, congratulations on being above the American average, but make that book Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography!

The Good Stuff
  • This autobiography is -- legen - wait for it--  dary (Yes you know I would have to go there)
  • The most unique way of presenting an autobiography I have ever seen and lets face it, only this multi talented could pull it off so wonderfully
  • Not at all relevant to the review, but I met him at BEA and he is so handsome and sooo charming & he shook my hand -- yes I feel sort of special right now LOL!
  • Touching, honest and utterly perfect.  He is definitely a class act. Even when being negative about someone it is done in a classy honest way
  • Will make you snort out with laughter
  • His mom. Love where they talk about NPH maybe being gay
  • Found a connection to him - yup we are both boring crappy drunks LOL!  I had to pretend to be drunk a lot Neil in High School and College because booze just makes me sleepy
  • Yeah, there is a chapter written by Nathan Fillion
  • He is also a huge fan of anything Whedon and learned that he actually auditioned for a role in Firefly
  • Chapter on how David him became parents is hilarious
  • There are magic tricks and recipes
  • I always appreciated his thoughts on his gayness. I'm gay, who gives a fuck.  Some people are straight and some  people are gay end of story.

The  Not So Good Stuff
  • Try reading it like a normal book and you will find yourself going -- huh
  • Wanted more pictures
  • I really feel bad about never having watched Doogie.  Saw commercials so knew about it but NPH will never be Doogie to me.  Feel sorta bereft now. My first introduction to him really was Harold and Kuman go to White Castle

Favorite Quotes/Passages

 "But  moms are moms, and later in life she will tell you that deep down she always had a strong suspicion*"
"* You almost had to have a board slapped against your head not to know he was interested in men, not women - Your Mother January 21, 2014"

"But at the same time you're not shouting "I'm Gay" into a megaphone from the middle of West Hollywood either. And why should you? There's a great deal of immodesty in assuming the entire world is desperate to know who and what you stick your wang into. You yourself aren't particularly interested most of the time.  And you' are not, by temperament, an activist. Despite you love for Les Miz, flag -waiving on the barricaded is not your style in real life."

"You're shown the set and the lights and the costumes and learn another various the the same basic lesson about showbiz  you will learn over and over again - it's all fundamentally just a bunch of crap glued together and spray-painted over. But the wonderful paradox is that knowing this does not distract from the experience."

5 Dewey's

I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

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