Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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.
“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.