My Life as a Goddess by Guy Branum

My Life as a Goddess

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 looking in.Self-taught, introspective, and from a stiflingly boring farm ...

Details My Life as a Goddess

TitleMy Life as a Goddess
Release DateJul 31st, 2018
PublisherAtria Books
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Humor, Biography Memoir

Reviews My Life as a Goddess

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    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 memoirs I've read have been funny, or at least, tried to be funny. My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture didn't. The book is really a memoir of someone'...
  • Molly
    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 things as well if you read this book and remember even 1/3 of the references - there's a Jenny Holzer allusion, FFS!)Though this book is full of humorous autobiographic...
  • Erin Cataldi
    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; this memoir is unique and entirely fun to read. I'm a huge fan of footnotes and there are A TON of footnotes; humorous asides, sarcastic comments, clarification, etc...
  • amanda eve
    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list.
  • Taurie
    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.
  • Laura
    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, amusing, and heart-felt. I also obviously enjoyed reading about somebody else that wasted three years going to law school
  • Jennifer
    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.
  • Amanda
    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 grown up in Northern California with a difficult father myself, I found a lot to relate to in Guy's life because so much of it is relatable. Guy has gone through many ...
  • Susan
    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 of essays full of heart wrenching insights, sadness and raw honesty. It was so much better than I expected. There was still lots of humor and funny stories but it ...
  • AnnMarie
    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 Handler and Joan Rivers. Anyone who has ever felt like an outcast or never could find their niche, this book is for you.
  • Jennifer
    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 the political ugliness lately so those parts of the book were off-putting for me.
  • John Amory
    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.
  • Nadia Carrim
    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!