Congratulations, Who Are You Again? by Harrison Scott Key

Congratulations, Who Are You Again?

A Good Housekeeping Book of the Month This funny and wise new memoir from Harrison Scott Key, winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, will inspire laughter and hope for anyone who’s ever been possessed by a dream of what they want to be when they grow up.Little-known author Mark Twain once said that the two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why. He's talking about dreams here, the desti...

Details Congratulations, Who Are You Again?

TitleCongratulations, Who Are You Again?
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherHarper Perennial
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Humor, Nonfiction, Biography, American, Southern

Reviews Congratulations, Who Are You Again?

  • Diane S ☔
    I cannot overstate the importance of the humor in our lives, reading and otherwise. Sometimes one just desperately needs to pick up a funny book. Fortunstely, Harrison Scott Key agrees with me and has written a very humorous one, a glimpse into the life of a writer who finds himself on the cusp of being a recognized author. Not afraid to poke fun at himself, his dreams, his aspirations, his quest to have it all. As a child he loved to be the joke...
  • Jeff
    Harrison Scott Key, Congratulations, Who Are You Again? A Memoir (New York: Harpers, 2018) , 347 pages including five appendices and no illustrations except an ink figure of a dog drawn by Beetle, the author’s daughter, while I waited for him to sign my book.Over the years I have enjoyed reading memoirs by authors as I learn how they approach the craft and gleam advice for myself. Annie Dillard’s The Writing Life, Eudora Welty,’s One’s Wr...
  • Becky
    I enjoyed this memoir about writing a memoir (which I also enjoyed) very much. It was funny, sweet, and honest. The latter chapters, where he writes so tenderly about his family, are beautiful and heartwarming.
  • Laura
    Funny and honest.
  • Blue Cypress Books
    Brilliant and funny and wickedly smart.
  • Kate
    This was a very funny and perseptive read. Harrison Scott Key writes about his experience of becoming a published author, with the ups and downs and lessons he learned along the way. Filled with humour and honesty. Thank You to the publisher for sending me a copy for review.•For more of my book content check out
  • Jill Blevins
    Maybe I'm the wrong demographic for this sort of book but humor comes in many forms and this self-deprecating journey through the author's past to become the success that he is was just not so funny to me. I love self-deprecation but it gets old. As does being a loser and failure that accidentally - how did this happen? - becomes successful. That said, it's obvious why he's a successful author - this character, this voice is witty and Southern, g...
  • Stephen
    I found Key's first book when my son was about a year old and I was searching for good memoirs about father-son relationships. It did not disappoint, and I was very excited for this follow-up. Key is one of the funniest writer's I've read, but he also has an incredible ability to draw you into emotional moments. As with The World's Largest Man, I cried multiple times while reading it. This is not something that happens to me often, and we're not ...
  • Ken Heard
    We are all searching for some version of the American Dream and Harrison Scott Key is no exception. In his brilliant, funny, honest, moving work, he describes that search he underwent while writing a memoir about his father in Mississippi. During the course of writing that book, "The World's Largest Man," his father dies. The dream is disrupted, but Key writes on.In "Congratulations," he chronicles the journey he took. He is honest in his difficu...
  • Camee
    I didn't read Harrison Scott Key's first novel The World's Largest Man before reading this one, but I wish I had. Congratulations, Who Are You Again? revolves around the writing and publication of his first book and it would have been interesting to go into this one with that book's story already in my head. It was fascinating to discover how the process of writing, selling, and promoting a book really works. I know so many people who want to wri...
  • Adam Bricker
    This book has it all from struggle to joy to laughs to even a few dictionary words. The story is very relatable and heartfelt. When things got too real or too prove a point, there would be some sarcasm or self-deprecation to lighten the mood...I know this device well. Since this is a review book, they say to check the final edition before quoting...well, I'm too forgetful and frankly lazy to do that. So, I'm going to paraphrase this sentence that...
  • Reading Fool
    I received an Advance Reader's Copy of this book.This book was hilarious. And bittersweet. And inspiring. Harrison Scott Key's memoir focuses on his dream of writing a book, what it took to realize the dream, and what he learned along the way. There are many, many laugh-out-loud passages (I truly laughed out loud!), which all dreamers will relate to. It is also a window into the publishing world and what not-so-famous writers endure to sell their...
  • K.J. Dell'Antonia
    Jess and I just finished recording the 2018 Gifts for Writers episode of the #AmWriting podcast, and we missed one: Harrison Scott Key's book, Congratulations, Who Are You Again--on having his dream of getting paid to write a "funny book" about his family come true and what that really looked like. Hint: it took 11 years, and it didn't end up as planned--but he DID get to write another book, so I'd say he won. As I writer, I treasured this honest...
  • Andrew
    I was initially a bit skeptical that the premise (a memoir about writing his first memoir) could sustain a whole book, but I liked The World's Largest Man so much that I gave this a chance, and I'm really glad I did. I think his writing is voice is growing more confident and relaxed than even his last book. He really did think a lot about what it was to dream, and expertly applied it to his own circumstance. I think "book people" will like this f...
  • Mary
    This was a very entertaining read by an author writing about his experience of becoming a published author. It had just the right balance of describing the struggles of being published and self deprecating humor. There were even some laugh out loud moments during the course of the book. The description of the journey was impressive and it was a very enjoyable read. Although I had not read his first book, this book made me want to read more by thi...
  • Mary
    The library I work at received an advanced copy of this book and I was the first to pick it up. It started off with forced humor but then the focus of the story started and it flowed beautifully. This book gave great insight into what it’s like to be an “average” author. Well written and engaging!As an aside I have not read his first book which inspired this one but I will be adding it to my “to read” list.
  • Christine Norvell
    If you deal with the “washed out wastelands of work,” especially as a writer, Key’s raw and humorous journey is an insightful read into life with work, family, and the creative urge. I laughed out loud so many times and at other moments had to pause and rest on what he said— “…the desire for greatness felt and feels like the great crowning glory of humankind, what we were designed for, to seize creation and make something new and beau...
  • Jordan
    A memoir about the author working on their previous memoir doesn't seem like an inherently interesting book, especially when I haven't read the previous memoir or even heard of the author. But Key's take on how to achieve a dream and what happens next is refreshingly grounded, and more likely to be relevant to your average dreamer than the usual "Here's how I got famous and so can you" type of celebrity memoir. Funny, charming, and down to earth.
  • Miranda
    I listened to the audio book of this for my book club; I had not previously heard of the author. This book is about the author's desire and struggle to complete his first novel. I love peeking into people's lives, so hearing about his life path and his family was fun. However, I personally did not find the story to be very engaging. Not that the book isn't good or well written, it just wasn't the book for me. I certainly wouldn't discourage anyon...
  • Elizabeth Terrel
    Wonderful. The World's Largest Man is one of my very favorite books, and this is kind of the story about how that came to be... with a lot more. So read TWLM first. But then read this. It's delightful. If you've ever had a dream, or if you love someone who does, this is priceless. Key's laugh-out-loud humor is here, along with the poignancy that made TWLM so brilliant. Read it second, but read it. Loved it.
  • Lee Ann
    I love this author’s sense of humor. This book is essentially about writing the first book, so I’d recommend reading it first. He tells great stories about growing up across the South and finding & chasing his dream. The best tales were of his family- no idea if they’re true but they were certainly entertaining.
  • Moses Operandi
    This is a wonderful memoir--heartfelt, contemplative, and very funny. It's a memoir about writing a memoir, which makes it a bit more "meta" than Key's first book, "The World's Largest Man." For that reason only, I would say it's a lesser work. However, Key is still one of the best writers of his generation. 10/10, highly recommended.
  • Cait
    If you dream of being a writer and you also need a laugh- this book is for you. I love Harrison Scott Key. I don’t think I’ve every truly laughed out loud multiple times while reading a book in the past. I could not put this book down.
  • Joe
    As with Key's other book, superb writing that will make you laugh out loud. By turns hilarious and poignant, if you want to know what it's like to write a book (and wonder if anybody ever really notices), well, this is a pretty good starting place. Worth your while by a good measure.
  • Steve Horowitt
    Fun, witty, whacky and infinitely clever. This book put a smile on my face every chapter. It's also very well written and self deprecating. Highly recommended for anyone who has ever questioned what they want to be and how to get there.
  • Sheri Horton
    I really enjoyed this read, funny, honest and fascinating. As one who heard him at a book festival (with antlers in tow), and stood in line for my book to be signed, I really appreciate his perspective on how book tours work, and the interaction between authors and readers.
  • Maryellie
    A funny book about an author who finally made it. Not exactly the type of book I would normally read but maybe I will read more books by Harrison Scott Key.
  • Sarah Baenen
    This is a funny and charming account of how a book/dream comes to be born. I love this man's writing.
  • Angie Li
    LOVE. Very funny and hard to put down.