Sunday, November 20, 2011

Book 31: American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot by Craig Ferguson

After reading his novel, I thought I should give Ferguson’s autobiography a shot.  Like his other book, this is funny, crazy, and a little sad.  He opens up about his life in a way that I’ve only seen people in recovery do.  This book is really entertaining only because of Ferguson’s sense of humor and his charm, which he has in spades.  He takes the reader all through his start in Cumbernauld, Scotland, apparently one of the worst cities in Britain to his speech at the White House Correspondents Association dinner.

He had a fairly typical family life, no real drama or abuse.  In fact he seemed to have a very loving family but he became an alcoholic early in life.  There is not much that he hasn’t tried—not out of need but because he couldn’t find a reason not to.  He talks about the various bands that he was in, his start in comedy and acting, his marriages, relationships, and friendships.  All the while, he real goal was to get to the US, which he had loved since he took a trip there as a teenager.  He even lived in New York illegally for a short while with his first wife. 

Anyone reading this knows that Ferguson does eventually make it here and does very well for himself after landing a role on the Drew Carey Show, despite getting bored with his character.  Before he could do this though, he had to get sober and his struggle with this is very honestly put forward.  I enjoyed this book tremendously even though I have severe issues with alcoholics.  Ferguson is so honest and funny about everything in his life that I couldn’t help but be won over.

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