Not My Father's Son by Alan Cumming

Not My Father's SonNot My Father's Son by Alan Cumming

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm a big fan of Alan Cumming and looked forward to listening to the audio version of his book since he is the narrator. I wasn't disappointed. The story moves back and forth between "Then" and "Now." THEN, Alan struggles to survive his childhood under the control of an abusive father. NOW, he has signed up to appear on the TV show "Who Do You Think You Are" where they track your family history. At the same time, his father drops a bombshell on him that he has to struggle through. In doing the show, he strived to find out what happened to his maternal grandfather, who left his family to go to war and never returned, and also died under mysterious circumstances. Alan's story is heartbreaking and some of his tales of his father's abuse were difficult to listen to, but he was able to tell them with dignity, charm, insight, and sometimes even humor. The story of his grandfather's history was interesting, and I enjoyed how Alan was able to put together the similarities between himself and the grandfather he never knew. I think through his journey he did gain a bigger understanding of who he is. For what it's worth, I'm also a fan of "Who Do You Think You Are" and enjoyed learning about how that show is done. This was a great listen.

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Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

Yes PleaseYes Please by Amy Poehler

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I listened to the audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed it. Amy reads the book herself and has guest voices in the booth with her including Seth Meyers, Patrick Stewart, Carol Burnett, Kathleen Turner, and Mike Schur, plus her parents. My favorite chapters were the ones about tidbits from Saturday Night Live, and the one about the various cast members of Parks & Recreation. Amy just seems like the kind of person you want to be friends with, and after listening to this, it's even more true. She's also quite insightful and I was often touched by her words. I think I'll have to get a copy of the hardcopy too, because it also looks like a lot of fun with photos and handwritten pages. If you like Amy Poehler, I definitely recommend this book.

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So much to say...

I didn't come here with the intention of posting this song, but as soon as I wrote that title, I had to hear it.

Anyway, I've been mulling over things to write about for weeks now, but when it comes time to actually sit down and type something out, I get distracted by other things I want to do and I never make it.  Tonight I'm watching The Voice and wanted to comment on that, so I figured I'd do a quick round up of what I've been thinking about.  Here goes: