Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Review of "Seriously...I'm Kidding" by Ellen Degeneres


I listened to the audio version of this book and it's a lot like watching Ellen talk on her television show - lots of casual, humorous observations about everyday life.

Ellen riffs on a wide variety of random topics, seemingly whatever pops into her head at the moment. For example: people who are late for dinner parties (it's rude and may lead to the hosts being in their pajamas by the time dinner ends); being a Cover Girl model - it's hard being beautiful; coming out as gay (she's "too gay" for some people and "not gay enough" for others); magazine polls that are bonkers (how far would you take the fashionable color green? all the way? half-way? would you marry it?); when will a sequel finally be made to the hit movie "Finding Nemo" (in which Ellen voiced Dory. ..of course the sequel's now been made.  LOL); and much more.

My favorite chapter is Ellen's satirical, funny letter to the security department of a mall where - it's been suggested - she broke a vase in a Pottery Barn store. Her explanation of how this happened - and how it's not her fault - is hilarious. A tip: if you're in a mall, don't swipe a security guard's segway, "accidently" ride it all over the mall, try to return it to a dumpster out back, fall asleep on a sofa in Pottery barn, become startled awake, fall off, and dislodge cushions that fly off to break a vase. And that's not even the half of it.

This is a light, fun book, and the audio version is perfect for doing chores or listening to in the car.

Rating: 3 stars

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