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American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

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In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark—as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

To numb the pain of failure, Ferguson found comfort in drugs and alcohol, addictions that eventually led to an aborted suicide attempt. (He forgot to do it when someone offered him a glass of sherry.) But his story has a happy ending: in 1993, the washed-up Ferguson washed up in the United States. Finally sober, Ferguson landed a breakthrough part on the hit sitcom The Drew Carey Show, a success that eventually led to his role as the host of CBS's The Late Late Show. By far Ferguson's greatest triumph was his decision to become a U.S. citizen, a milestone he achieved in early 2008, just before his command performance for the president at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson talks a red, white, and blue streak about everything our Founding Fathers feared.

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In his memoir American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson, host of The Late, Late Show, traces his journey from working-class Glasgow to the comedic limelight of Hollywood and American citizenship. Moving and achingly funny, American on Purpose moves from Fergusons early life as an alcoholic to his stint on The Drew Carey Show to his decision to become a U.S. citizen in its unique and honest look at his version of the American dream.

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Craig Ferguson is the host of The Late Late Show. He is the author of the novel Between the Bridge and the River and lives in Los Angeles, California.

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TheLibertine, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by TheLibertine)
This book could have been an exercise in self-indulgence, but instead it is a witty, often humble self-portrait of a guy with a dream and a lot of chutzpah. Well done.
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Dr. Rico, March 31, 2010 (view all comments by Dr. Rico)
This book is a surprise and a delight. Ferguson's life has been surprisingly varied and he writes about it with candor and charm. He is unflinching when he looks at his school days, his time in the punk and rock scenes of Scotland, his addictions to alcohol and narcotics, his personal relationships, and his work as an actor, director, and performer. His affection for America is genuine and permeates his story throughout. Yes, it's funny, but more than that it's a book that is honest and wise.
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dale.pace, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by dale.pace)
A very funny and informative book by my favorite TV talk show host. If you like Craig, you will like this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061719547
Subtitle:
The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
Author:
Ferguson, Craig
Publisher:
Harper
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Television Personalities
Subject:
Actors -- United States.
Subject:
Comedians -- United States.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20090922
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 8.96 oz

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"Synopsis" by , In his memoir American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson, host of The Late, Late Show, traces his journey from working-class Glasgow to the comedic limelight of Hollywood and American citizenship. Moving and achingly funny, American on Purpose moves from Fergusons early life as an alcoholic to his stint on The Drew Carey Show to his decision to become a U.S. citizen in its unique and honest look at his version of the American dream.
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