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Celeb-Readies: Chelsea Handler


I was sitting at home watching Chelsea Lately on E! one night. Right before commercial, the show cut to a big guy reading her book and saying, "This isn't funny..." as he shook his head. The book was My Horizontal Life written by comedian Chelsea Handler in 2005.

I knew I had seen that book around the library and the title always caught my eye but I never bothered with it. Luckily, something told me to go to work, hunt it down and give it a go.

I absolutely loved it! Yes, it was explicit and extremely honest (which I also liked) but it wasn't filled with graphic details that would gross me out. Not to mention I thought it would be a case of, "If you've read one 'account' you've read them all," but it was nothing like this. Each chapter was like embarking on a new wild adventure. It was back-to-back stories of the craziness that is Chelsea Handler and it kept me struggling to hold in bursts of laughter while on the train. The way she describes each guy she comes across, her friends, family, and other situations, you feel as if you are right there with her.

Don't worry, a promiscuous past is not necessary to enjoy this book. You simply have to be a person with a great sense of humor, an appreciation for female sexuality and if you've ever dated, you will definitely find at least one situation that you can totally relate to. Who doesn't like to relate to the main character of a book? 

I'm definitely looking forward to reading her two other books: Are You There Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea (2008) and Chelsea, Chelsea, Bang, Bang (2010).

If you've read any of her books, tell us what you thought...


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audiobook versions!

I have found that when well-known performers write books, they often also read the audiobook versions. Not sure about Chelsea but with other comedians and performers I have found I really enjoyed listening to that person tell me their story, because it feels almost like hearing them do a show! And I've gotten lots of those audiobooks from the eNYPL digital library.

You're right.If reading the

You're right.If reading the book was hysterical it must be even crazier listening to the comedian read it. When I was searching for possible videos on Youtube to post for this blog,one was described as being from her audio version of My Horizontal life but I never got a chance to listen to it.Now,I'll make sure to.=)PS-Thanks so much for your feedback.

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