A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

11. Born Standing Up

Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life by Steve Martin

Pages: 207
Finished: Jan. 20, 2008
Reason for Reading: I thought it might be interesting
First Published: 2007
Genre: Non-fiction, memoir
Rating: 3/5

First Sentence:

I did stand-up comedy for eighteen years.

Comments: Comedian, Steve Martin, shares in this memoir the ups and downs of the eighteen years he did stand-up. He briefly tells of his childhood, then moves on to his teenage years when he worked at Disneyland in a magic shop demonstrating the products. Martin does not get too personal, one can tell from his story that he is a private person. What he does give though is a vivid portrayal of the entertainment scene during the seventies and late sixties. It is a brief book and I would have liked some more in depth details of his experiences but it does give one some insight into the personal man behind the 'wild and crazy guy'. Enjoyable.

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