Wintersalen Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Interviews | September 2, 2014

    Jill Owens: IMG David Mitchell: The Powells.com Interview



    David Mitchell's newest mind-bending, time-skipping novel may be his most accomplished work yet. Written in six sections, one per decade, The Bone... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$9.95
List price: $25.00
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Local Warehouse Film and Television- Actor Biographies

More copies of this ISBN

This title in other editions

Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster

by

Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster Cover

ISBN13: 9781451635058
ISBN10: 1451635052
Condition: Standard
Dustjacket: Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $9.95!

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

The two-time Emmy Award winner presents a harrowing, hysterical, and beautifully written memoir as frank and revealing as Augusten Burroughs — with the humor and wit of David Sedaris.

A celebrated and award-winning actress who is perhaps best known for the long-running TV show 3rd Rock from the Sun, for which she won two Emmys, Kristen Johnston has entertained audiences with her impeccable delivery and natural charm. Kristen has also appeared on stage in more than fifty plays, and on screen in Sex and the City, Austin Powers, ER, Ugly Betty, Strangers with Candy, Music and Lyrics, Bride Wars, and will appear in the upcoming Amy Heckerling film Vamps as well as The Ex-Men, a pilot for TV Land.

Kristen rose to instant fame with 3rd Rock, but she soon fell back down to Earth… hard. Though not for reasons you may think. Now, with surprising honesty, laugh-out-loud humor, and incredible depth, Kristen tells all in a memoir that is brash, outspoken, outrageous, and infectiously funny.

Review:

"A stage actress whose most famous role was as Sally Solomon in TV's 3rd Rock from the Sun, Johnston offers a brash, loud, expletive-peppered, unapologetic account of her manic drug-and-alcohol-infused career. Hailing from a wealthy suburb of Milwaukee, Wis., and growing to be six feet tall by the time she was 12, Johnston felt like a 'freak' at her Catholic grade school, learning early on that being funny was the way to deflect nasty criticism by other kids. She took naturally to the stage, studying theater at NYU under the benevolent influence of a certain gay stage actor she refers to only as 'David' (many of the details are pretty sketchy, as Johnston skates from one subject to the next). Fame suddenly struck with 3rd Rock, starring John Lithgow, along with heavy painkillers and alcohol abuse, and yo-yoing weight gain; in 2006, while doing a play in London, acute peritonitis caused extended hospitalization, surgery, and deep self-examination. In her sarcastic, self-deprecating manner ('I'm a lying, pill-popping lush' is a typical self-appraisal), Johnston re-creates her desperate hospital episode and subsequent rehab in Arizona. Coming clean, she says in her unsubtle, genuine memoir, hasn't lifted her sense of being a freak, but it has liberated her from a lot of shame and self-destruction." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

“It felt like I was speeding on the Autobahn toward hell, trapped inside a DeLorean with no brakes. And even if I could somehow stop, Id still be screwed, because there's no way I'd ever be able to figure out how to open those insane, cocaine-designed doors.”

The two-time Emmy Award-winning actress has written her first book, a surprisingly raw and triumphant memoir that is outrageous, moving, sweet, tragic, and heartbreakingly honest. Guts is a true triumph — a memoir that manages to be as frank and revealing as Augusten Burroughs, yet as hilarious and witty as David Sedaris.

With Guts, Johnston takes us on a journey so truthful and relatable, so remarkably fresh, it promises to stay with the reader for a long, long time.

About the Author

Kristen Johnston is a two-time Emmy Award-winning stage, film, and television actress, most famous for her role as Sally Solomon in the television series 3rd Rock from the Sun. She also starred in numerous TV shows, films, and plays.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 2 comments:

jemangel, February 13, 2013 (view all comments by jemangel)
FIVE STARS, TWO THUMBS ... (more if I had them) - WAYYYYYY up for Kristen Johnston's GUTS!!!

This book BLEW me away with its depth, humor in the face of the least likely things to find humor about and Kristen's courage to write it.

I really got it for two purposes, one because I loved her SO much in THIRD ROCK FROM THE SUN...

And as a Counselor/Master Coach who works with challenged people facing deep issues - I was reading it for the addiction info. Wow - what I found was a book I COULD NOT PUT DOWN that made me laugh, and at the least expected moment moved me to tears. It modeled my own challenges in a horrific hospital stay and it was such a blessing to know what I went through was not just me being 'fussy'...

I vehemently (is that too strong a word? - naaaa '-) recommend this to anyone facing addiction, anyone who loves someone facing an addiction AND/OR just plain anyone who wants to be thoroughly entertained while going on a journey with one of the funniest ladies around!!!

And, I was surprised to follow Kristen on Twitter and Facebook - finding how much she gives wonderful support and info to others! :) She has MASSIVELY changed the lives of addicts alcohol-related or otherwise by the publishing of this book. The comments are extraordinary from the people it has helped.

Buy it for you, buy it for friends - keep the healing GOING!
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
librarylapin, November 4, 2012 (view all comments by librarylapin)
I really wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this book. It was one of the best surprises of my year. I love memoirs and I will totally absorb just about any memoir I can find. In addition, I love reading funny women. I have bought so many comedy books this year and have been grateful for the onslaught of comedians penning volumes, but none of them made me laugh out loud the way this book did. I had to finish it in a day. My entire Saturday became dedicated to this marvelous and moving book. You would think something with so much laughter wouldn't be as deeply moving, but it was. With humility and great wit, Johnston talks about the very devastating subject that is addiction. Now when I know a friend a suffering from an addiction I can give her/him this book, knowing it will fill them with hope for what is possible, while making them having a good laugh.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(3 of 4 readers found this comment helpful)
View all 2 comments

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451635058
Subtitle:
The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster
Author:
Johnston, Kristen
Publisher:
Gallery
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in

Other books you might like

  1. The House of Gucci: A Sensational... Used Hardcover $8.95
  2. House of Versace: The Untold Story... Used Hardcover $4.50
  3. David Bowie: Fame, Sound and Vision... New Trade Paper $26.95
  4. 100 Dresses: The Costume Institute /...
    New Trade Paper $24.95

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » Actors » Biographies
Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » Biographies
Arts and Entertainment » Sale Books
Biography » Entertainment and Performing Arts
Biography » General
Featured Titles » Biography

Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$9.95 In Stock
Product details 288 pages Gallery - English 9781451635058 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A stage actress whose most famous role was as Sally Solomon in TV's 3rd Rock from the Sun, Johnston offers a brash, loud, expletive-peppered, unapologetic account of her manic drug-and-alcohol-infused career. Hailing from a wealthy suburb of Milwaukee, Wis., and growing to be six feet tall by the time she was 12, Johnston felt like a 'freak' at her Catholic grade school, learning early on that being funny was the way to deflect nasty criticism by other kids. She took naturally to the stage, studying theater at NYU under the benevolent influence of a certain gay stage actor she refers to only as 'David' (many of the details are pretty sketchy, as Johnston skates from one subject to the next). Fame suddenly struck with 3rd Rock, starring John Lithgow, along with heavy painkillers and alcohol abuse, and yo-yoing weight gain; in 2006, while doing a play in London, acute peritonitis caused extended hospitalization, surgery, and deep self-examination. In her sarcastic, self-deprecating manner ('I'm a lying, pill-popping lush' is a typical self-appraisal), Johnston re-creates her desperate hospital episode and subsequent rehab in Arizona. Coming clean, she says in her unsubtle, genuine memoir, hasn't lifted her sense of being a freak, but it has liberated her from a lot of shame and self-destruction." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , “It felt like I was speeding on the Autobahn toward hell, trapped inside a DeLorean with no brakes. And even if I could somehow stop, Id still be screwed, because there's no way I'd ever be able to figure out how to open those insane, cocaine-designed doors.”

The two-time Emmy Award-winning actress has written her first book, a surprisingly raw and triumphant memoir that is outrageous, moving, sweet, tragic, and heartbreakingly honest. Guts is a true triumph — a memoir that manages to be as frank and revealing as Augusten Burroughs, yet as hilarious and witty as David Sedaris.

With Guts, Johnston takes us on a journey so truthful and relatable, so remarkably fresh, it promises to stay with the reader for a long, long time.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.