Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (But Also My Mom's, Which I Know Sounds Weird)

Navel Gazing True Tales of Bodies Mostly Mine But Also My Mom s Which I Know Sounds Weird New York Times bestselling author and stand up comedian Michael Ian Black delivers a frank and funny memoir about confronting his genetic legacy as he hits his forties Whether it s family history rel

  • Title: Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (But Also My Mom's, Which I Know Sounds Weird)
  • Author: Michael Ian Black
  • ISBN: 9781476748825
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Hardcover
  • New York Times bestselling author and stand up comedian Michael Ian Black delivers a frank and funny memoir about confronting his genetic legacy as he hits his forties.Whether it s family history, religion, aging, or his parents, Michael Ian Black always has something to say in the dry, irreverent voice that has captured a fan base of millions When a medical diagnosis forNew York Times bestselling author and stand up comedian Michael Ian Black delivers a frank and funny memoir about confronting his genetic legacy as he hits his forties.Whether it s family history, religion, aging, or his parents, Michael Ian Black always has something to say in the dry, irreverent voice that has captured a fan base of millions When a medical diagnosis forces him to realize he s not getting any younger, he reexamines his life as a middle aged guy of course, in the deadpan wit and self deprecating vignettes that have become trademarks of his humor.The alt comedy take on getting older, Navel Gazing is a funny because it s true memoir about looking around when you re forty and realizing that life is about than receding hairlines and proving one s manliness on Twitter it s about laughing at yourself.

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    1. I received a copy of this from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.If you need a reminder that comics and actors are just normal people, you should read Michael Ian Black's latest memoir, Navel Gazing. Apparently he has previously published a memoir, one that I haven't read but he is so careful not to repeat himself, I suspect the most interesting stuff has already been said. He also steps around a story he told on This American Life, which I also have not heard. Wit [...]

    2. I love Michael Ian Black, he's been part of my life since I was a kid, it's kind of crazy. This book was fun and real, very enjoyable.

    3. This is the first of Michael Ian Black's that I have read. In fact, I didn't even know he had written others until they were mentioned in this book, but I'm a big fan of his television work so when I had the chance to read an early review copy of this book I jumped at the opportunity. I wouldn't say this is anywhere close to the best book I've ever read, but I have to commend it for being one of those books that feels more like you're having a conversation with the author than actually reading a [...]

    4. Anyone who knows me will understand how weird it is that Michael Ian Black is one of my favorite authors. I have not watched TV since 1991 (except international sporting events and presidential debates), and I did not know that he was an actor the first time I downloaded his book You're Not Doing It Right on Audible, the audiobook site. I was just looking for a funny book and saw that it was highly rated and it was in the comedy section. But that book was so hilarious that I have now listened to [...]

    5. I'm not a book reader, generally. But I've been a fan of Michael Ian Black since I first saw him on Viva Variety back in the 90's, and his previous book, You're Not Doing It Right, was a good read.I can honestly say that Navel Gazing is one of the best books I've read in a very, very long time. A lot of this has to do with the number of striking parallels between Black's life and thoughts and my own - Not our upbringing, familial structure or attractions, but the way think about self-image, body [...]

    6. I loved this book, every last sentence of it. Black's prose is concise, relatable, unexpectedly thoughtful, witty and the kind of hilarious that feels masterful and revelatory, never like a punchline. His reflections on life and his preoccupations with death are so squarely where I am sitting as a mother, a wife, an adult child to dead (and once dying) parents, a hypochondriac and, as he phrases, a "praytheist." Navel Gazing was a quick, timely, truly lovely and insightful work that I am pleasan [...]

    7. It's nice to read one of your all time favorite comedian's take on serious matters about health and family. Being able to have a laugh at your own neurotic thoughts you didn't realize others shared is refreshing.

    8. I was introduced to Michael Ian Black from vh1, followed him to shows like Stella and Another Period, but these days I mostly enjoy watching him fighting right-wing trolls on Twitter. I enjoyed his first two books, so listened to the audio of this one over two monotonous work days. Relatable and got a few audible laughs out of me. Surprisingly poignant.

    9. I'm a sucker for a book that spends a great deal of time covering grim topics like illness and death and yet still makes me laugh out loud. Apparently Michael Ian Black is just an all around good writer, no matter what medium he's writing for. His books, this one in particular, do not feel like a comedian is attempting to adapt a stand-up act into a book, as others sometimes do. Navel Gazing is a series of cohesive essays that tackle some of life's biggest questions about religion, death and pur [...]

    10. I really enjoyed Michael Ian Black's new book. I have been a fan of MIB for some time nowI have enjoyed almost every TV show/movie he has ever been in and have read his other two books My Custom Van and You're Not Doing it Right. The latter I read and felt a sense of frustration and even depression when I finished it. It was well written and brutally honest which I think caught me off guard. I thought Naval Gazing would be the same and it was in the sense of being brutally honest, but in his new [...]

    11. Another good book by Michael Ian Black! I very much enjoyed reading this, and felt amused, moved, and like I could relate on many levels."Last night at dinner, Elijah said he believes in ghosts. 'That's because you're an idiot' I thought, although I refrained from saying so. Thinking about it today, though, I realize I do, too. Not the spooky kind. Not the tormented souls that rattle chains and draw out their vowels when speaking. The ghosts I believe in are more earthly than that. They don't do [...]

    12. As someone who a) has grown big and strong on a steady diet of Michael Ian Black's brand of comedy since I could understand that my sense of humor was a little left of center (which was quite early, thanks peers!) and b) is intimately familiar with terminal illness, I found this book to be sad in a good way -- honest without being difficult to read. People told me it wasn't funny and I don't agree, though I wouldn't have cared if it truly wasn't. MIB's softer side is a thing to behold, and he ca [...]

    13. I would like to give Michael Ian Black a hug. He is so sweet and sincere.Didn't laugh at this one as much as at You're Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations, but this one deals quite a lot with death. I read it slowly and enjoyed each story.I liked reading this while rewatching episodes of Ed. Stupid, but it made me feel like I got Black more. In my opinion, MIB is super cool (and handsome) and actually funny, unlike his would-be foe David Sedaris. A great rea [...]

    14. Michael Ian Black turns his focus on his middle-age body - and a lot of it is not good. There were a few times I found myself cringing at his descriptions of his feet. TMI! But at least it's good to know that celebrities have body problems too. He gives a frank account of what a wimp he is - his experiences at the gym had me laughing. Sorry, but I think I could probably lift more weight than him, and I certainly never collapsed on a dirty sidewalk after a grueling workout. Thank you for making f [...]

    15. I was not familiar with Michael Ian Black's work when I picked up this book. During the first third of the book, I really appreciated his self-deprecating sense of humor and the occasional touching insights about his family and life in general, and I was thinking about a 4 star rating. But by the end, it turned out that "Navel Gazing" was a very appropriate title for the book and it became TMI.

    16. I read You're Doing It Wrong back in grad school and really enjoyed it, as it was both hilarious and heartfelt. I found much the same here. Black makes some poignant observations on the fragility and various failings of the human body, but manages to do so with an undercurrent of humor so cutting you barely notice that the book is, essentially, about his mother's failing health. I was half expecting her to be dead by book's end, and quite glad when she wasn't.

    17. I tweeted to Michael Ian Black that I was enjoying his book. He tweeted me back and then "liked" my reply. Life is good. and so is his book. I'm glad I am not the only person in their 40s to think the things with which he has put in ink on paper.

    18. This book was very funny. I was expecting that, but I wasn't expecting it to be so heartfelt and touching. As I'm in MIB's general age range, I found myself relating to a lot of it.

    19. There's something about Michael Ian Black's books that I just love. I want to give this a 5 star rating because I just enjoyed every second of listening to it. Yup. I'm gonna do just that. 5 stars.

    20. I was rejected on NetGalley for this but there's only 20 reviews. Take that, publisher! I would have reviewed it already!

    21. It had some awesome moments. I laughed out loud a few times and loved his thoughts on Running!

    22. Oh my god, I loved this book. I know it's going to be among my top favorites of books I read in 2017.And to be honest, I kind of had to force myself to start it; I kept putting it off because I wasn't in the mood for nonfiction, and throughout the first chapter I kept talking myself in and out of just switching to something else. But then it became good and then it became great and by the time I was halfway through I was completely back to college-Tara, whose love for Michael Ian Black bordered [...]

    23. (One of the funniest jacket blurbs ever, Ricky Gervais said "Michael Ian Black asked me if I would provide a quote for this book and I said that I would." I was baffled after I read this, and Michael Ian Black's other book, Youo're Not Doing it Right, how I'd heard of them and why I ordered from library. Then I remembered I was avidly searching for all of David Sedaris' readings and interviews, and noticed a blog by Michael Ian Black dissing Sedaris. I read it and realized it was a spoof to attr [...]

    24. Self-deprecating memoir from Michael Ian Black (best known, to me, for being a commentator on the "I love the 80s/90s etc." shows on VH1, and notably, the voice of the Pets sock puppet) about his navel, his feet, his running, his sick mother, and his life of generally trying to get out of doing anything hard or challenging.It grew on me there were a lot of navel-gazing parts which I skimmed (literally--several paragraphs describing his bellybutton. Even more about his feet), but then it got funn [...]

    25. I don't normally read celebrity books like this, but there was something about this book that caught my attention when it appeared in my library's collection of available e-books. Having recently turned 50 and also losing my dad to cancer, the brief summary of this book touched something in me and on a impulse, I borrowed it.I really did enjoy reading this. I did not find myself laughing out loud like I thought that I might, but certainly there is humor here, just as there is humor is anyone's l [...]

    26. I love everything this man writes. of course I'm a fan of The State, Stella & anything that he's a part of, but his books bring him from a tv actor to a human level, while still being funny. I was worried after reading 'You're Not Doing It Right" that Michael Ian Black was going through some stuff, or worse, not write with the same witty style. But he delivers such honest & earnest stories about his life that such a exposure of human frailties is a bonding moment between the book and the [...]

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