Man Up!

Man Up!

Tales of My Delusional Self-confidence

Book - 2013
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In his first book, Ross Matthews tells listeners what it means to 'man up'--to realize, no matter how hard you may hope against hope, you are what you are. Admittedly still a work-in-progress, Ross recounts how he's benefited from this frame of mind his whole life. From growing up as an atypical kid in a small Northwestern farm town to living as an atypical adult in Los Angeles, to eventually being his loud, proud, unapologetically genuine self on national television.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781455501809
1455501808
Branch Call Number: B Mathews 2013
Characteristics: xvi, 216 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Handler, Chelsea
Paltrow, Gwyneth 1972-

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May 30, 2015

I don't watch TV, and I had never heard of Ross Mathews before reading this book, but that didn't stop me from enjoying his blend of camp and candour. Except for a regrettable insult to an unfortunately-named figure-skater, Mathews is seldom mean-spirited. He is refreshingly honest about his celebrity worship and wonderfully comfortable with his homosexual identity. He did not come easily to his current state of casual self-acceptance. I was touched by his description of his family. I loved the story of how he dealt with his first homophobic insult: he is a realistic role model for the unassertive.

Chelsea Handler's afterword is peculiar and self-referential. Gwyneth Paltrow has written a good-natured, affectionate foreword.

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arburkholder19
Oct 17, 2013

I loved this book. I am a big fan of Ross Matthews anyway, but his stories are fun. I read the entire book in an octive higher, just because these words are straight (I use the term lightly) from Ross' mouth.

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JudithE
Sep 28, 2013

Cute and fluffy.

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Basileus
Sep 16, 2013

Matthews is a familiar side-kick to the likes of Jay Leno and Chelsea Handler. He relates anecdotes about his childhood and how he broke into the Hollywood business first as an intern, then as an on air correspondent. Has some interesting tales about meeting Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and a few others. No trash talking though. That's not this kind of book, but good for a laugh.

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