I'm Just A Person

I'm Just A Person

Book - 2016
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One of America's most original comedic voices delivers a darkly funny, wryly observed, and emotionally raw account of her year of death, cancer, and epiphany.

In the span of four months in 2012, Tig Notaro was hospitalized for a debilitating intestinal disease called C. diff, her mother unexpectedly died, she went through a breakup, and then she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. Hit with this devastating barrage, Tig took her grief onstage. Days after receiving her cancer diagnosis, she broke new comedic ground, opening an unvarnished set with the words: "Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you? Hi, how are you? Is everybody having a good time? I have cancer." The set went viral instantly and was ultimately released as Tig's sophomore album, Live, which sold one hundred thousand units in just six weeks and was later nominated for a Grammy.

Now, the wildly popular star takes stock of that no good, very bad year--a difficult yet astonishing period in which tragedy turned into absurdity and despair transformed into joy. An inspired combination of the deadpan silliness of her comedy and the open-hearted vulnerability that has emerged in the wake of that dire time, I'm Just a Person is a moving and often hilarious look at this very brave, very funny woman's journey into the darkness and her thrilling return from it.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062266637
Branch Call Number: B Notaro 2016
Characteristics: xi, 240 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: I am just a person

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Indoorcamping
May 25, 2017

Another one of those "give her a book deal because she's got some fame going on right now" books that truly, honestly are so much better than you think they'll be. Who knew someone who is as far from an MFA program as San Francisco is to Trump Country could write better than most MFA graduates? Or some.

Yes, it's a sad story. That's why people get book deals. But it's not sad like you think it should be, being she's a comedian. And duh, she's earned that fame by making such a horrible triple tragedy into something real and something she can share and you can seriously laugh at and not feel awful doing so.

One of those books you read in a day and feel like you lived through a whole life.

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pjcullen
May 08, 2017

Honest and personal account. I enjoyed listening to her read her book.

SPL_Robyn Mar 17, 2017

Blind Date 2017 comment: "Not a fan, thanks!"

AL_CODY Jan 11, 2017

Tig bares her soul in this memoir focused mainly on the worst four months of her life. This is definitely not a comedy book and not for those who may be easily affected by her experiences.

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KareBear_612
Sep 16, 2016

I love Tig, don't get me wrong, but this book is only for you if you haven't already heard the same stories told via her album, Live; her Netflix documentary, Tig; or her Amazon show "One Mississippi" or because your are a die-hard fan (me).

Marlowe Sep 07, 2016

I first came across Tig Notaro as a guest on the podcast "This American Life," and soon saw her comedy special "Boyish Girl Interrupted." I was so delighted by her comedy. She has an hilarious deadpan manner. I was intrigued and discovered the Netflix documentary "Tig." Now completely enamored by Notaro, her comedy, and self, I had to read "I'm Just a Person." Notaro covers many of the aspects explored in the Netflix special, but with more depth. We get a true sense of Notaro's childhood, experiences with death and illness, and her ability to cope and survive with humour. If you are a fan of comedy, personal memoirs, and amazing women, this is a great read.

JCLColleenO Sep 02, 2016

I must have been hiding under a rock, because I had not heard of Tig Notaro before she appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about her newly released book. I'm Just a Person mostly revolves around what happened to her in the year 2012, but what I should actually say is what DIDN'T happen to her that year. Just in that year, she was diagnosed with an aggressive bacterial infection called c.Diff, from which she almost died. Immediately after this her mom died suddenly, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and her relationship with her girlfriend dissolved. But through all of these surprising adversities, she also sees her career take off after she does a comedy set about her cancer at the Largo in LA.

Her story is not only about these horrible things she has faced. Her childhood is interesting, to say the least. She had much material to start her stand-up comedy career just from talking about her family!

AL_JENNIEB Aug 05, 2016

I enjoyed listening to this book, but I felt a lot of the information was already covered in her Netflix show.

The chapters on her family, and her mother's death, were very heartfelt, and you could hear the sadness in her voice.

I would have liked hear more about her family, and a little bit more about her rise up the comedic ladder, but overall I would recommend this book for fans and nonfans alike.

I highly recommend people listen to the audio version, as Tig narrates it herself.

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jannylegs
Jul 28, 2016

I knew most of this story, maybe from her Netflix show, but it was still good to read her words and celebrate her life with her.

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