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In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox
In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox | Carol Burnett
Comedy legend Carol Burnett tells the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of her iconic weekly variety series, "The Carol Burnett Show." Who but Carol Burnett herself has the timing, talent, and wit to pull back the curtain on the Emmy-Award winning show that made television history for eleven glorious seasons? "In Such Good Company" delves into little-known stories of the guests, sketches and antics that made the show legendary, as well as some favorite tales too good not to relive again. Carol lays it all out for us, from the show s original conception to its evolution into one of the most beloved primetime programs of its generation. Written with all the charm and humor fans expect from a masterful entertainer like Carol Burnett, "In Such Good Company" skillfully highlights the elements that made the show so successful in a competitive period when TV variety shows ruled the air waves. Putting the spotlight on everyone from her talented costars to her amazing guest stars the most celebrated and popular entertainers of their day Carol crafts a lively portrait of the talent and creativity that went into every episode. Here are all the topics readers want to know more about, including: how the show almost didn t air due to the misgivings of certain CBS vice presidents; how she discovered and hired Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway; anecdotes about guest stars and her close freindships with many of them, including Lucille Ball, Roddy Mcdowell, Jim Nabors, Bernadette Peters, Betty Grable, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, and Betty White; the people behind the scenes from Bob Mackie, her costume designer and partner in crime, to the wickedly funny cameraman who became a fixture during the show s opening Q&A; and Carol's takes on her favorite sketches and the unpredictable moments that took both the cast and viewers by surprise. This book is Carol's love letter to a golden era in television history through the lens of her brilliant show which won no less than 25 Emmy Awards! Get the best seat in the house as she reminisces about the outrageous tales that made working on the show as much fun as watching it."
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Aaronlisa
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Pickpick

I read this August 11-13 & gave it 4 ⭐️ on Good Reads. I grew up on the Carol Burnett Show and even to this day my Mum watches the edited version - which is a shame and they should show the original one hour show - and I loved Burnett‘s insights to the show.

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Kshakal
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The first #audiobook I ever listened to!! #30junebooks @howjessreads

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ncayea
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Pickpick

This was AMAZING!! I'm a little young to remember her show, but I love the occasional autobiography like this. This was so fast paced, and still well detailed. I finished in a day and a half. Highly recommend!

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MaleficentBookDragon
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Some #audiocrocheting / #audiolaundry this afternoon. What do you all think of my first cowl so far? Is it good enough to gift? #hookersoflitsy

Sace It's beautiful! Good audiobook choice too. 11mo
mreads Pretty colors ❤👍 11mo
llwheeler It looks great! 11mo
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Eggbeater 😍 I love it! 11mo
TheReadingMermaid Marvelous darling simply marvelous! 😍 11mo
Avanders Definitely! It's so pretty! 💜 11mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
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Some #audiocrocheting today. I couldn't do it for long. I've been having terrible migraines this week.
I made these Christmas cup cozies for two of my #litsyswaps. I hope they like them. I'm still a beginner.

DGRachel Those are adorable! I hope the migraines ease for you soon. I get them all the time, too, and they suck. 😔 12mo
Zelma Very cute. I just thinking that I need to learn how to make a cozy for my work coffee cup. 12mo
Texreader Super cute. Hope you feel better soon. 12mo
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hermyknee Love those! 12mo
kspenmoll Those are such fun! Hope crochet distracts you from migraines- get well soon. 12mo
ravenlee Looks good! Feel better soon. 12mo
Quirkybookworm Migraines SUX!!!! I know! Get plenty of rest and get well!! 12mo
taraWritesSci Super cute design! Hope you're feeling better soon. 12mo
Avanders Oooh 😍😍 Hope the migraine goes away soon!! 🙏🏽 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm Feel better soon! 12mo
JoScho They looks great! 12mo
tracey38 I'm so sorry about your migraines. I've had one all day today, too. Hope yours ease soon! 12mo
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Deborah42
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A charming memoir that takes us behind the scenes of Carol Burnett‘s hilarious variety show. She manages to say something nice about everyone, so if you‘re looking for scandal and dirty secrets, you won‘t find it here. As she recounted her favorite stories, I remembered so many enjoyable and entertaining moments from the show.

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Samplergal
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Pickpick

It‘s was a nice audiobook, but consisted of a lot of repetitive stories from her shows. If you‘re a fan, you‘ll like it, but probably not love it. Highlights were “Went with the Wind” and the behind the scenes with Bob Mackie, and Tim Conway and Mrs. Hwiggins. #memoir

Bklover It seems like there have been so many reunion shows where they talk about the show that it‘s hard to imagine there being too much that‘s new! 12mo
Ruthiella I remember that Went With the Wind sketch! I did not get the joke however till many years later when I read Gone With the Wind. 🤣🤣🤣 12mo
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Samplergal
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Anxiety is crushing me today and so I‘m going to listen to one of my favorites.

Trashcanman 🤗❤️ I hope it gets better. For what that's worth. 12mo
readordierachel 💕 12mo
AmyG Feel better. I‘m sorry. 😘 12mo
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laurenbescoby Sending love ❤️ 12mo
gradcat Crossing my fingers that it helps you feel better ❤️❤️ 12mo
Jas16 Sending ❤️ 12mo
JoScho Hang in there. Tomorrow will be better ❤️ 12mo
Samplergal Thanks everyone. Some days are just hard. Tomorrow will be better. 12mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
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After a day of extraordinary beasts (❤ Jude Law) and shopping for swaps, I came home to some #bookmail!
My #bookoutlethaul includes two books for the #stuffedstockingswap #SSS.
The other five are mine. Book buying ban starts.....now?

TheReadingMermaid 🤣🤣🤣 12mo
Avanders Now seems so.... *now*.... 😜 12mo
rubyslippersreads @Avanders is right; now is just too soon. 😉 12mo
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InnerSavvy
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I really enjoyed Carol talking about her Carol Burnett show. Brought back memories of watching her show on Saturday evenings after bath time on my Dad's lap. Glad I listened to it since Carol narrated it and there were several audios of some of the cast as well.

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jillrhudy
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Listening to this on Libby. It‘s narrated by the author of course, who talks about various aspects of the Carol Burnett Show including various skits, a few of which I remember from childhood and most of which I don‘t. #audiobook #showbiz #television

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Kshakal
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I love Carol Burnett and this book was a great trip down memory lane as she recounted her time with the amazing cast of the Carol Burnet show. It included many great stories as well as interviews with some of the cast!! This was my first audiobook and while I didn‘t love it, it was neat to hear Carol‘s words in her own voice!

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Kshakal
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I am currently listening to my first #audiobook on my commute every day... still not sure I am liking it. #readingresolutions @Jess7

BethM As someone who commutes and reads- you need to have the exact right audiobook for it to work. 1y
Kshakal @BethM I love carol burnet but I am not paying attention all of the timr 1y
KLyn1 There have been a couple audiobooks that I have not finished, despite likiing the person - sometimes the books are just dozers, lol (not good if driving) 😉 1y
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Kshakal
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I have never tried listening to a book and I am thinking it is about time I try one... putting this in my car to start in my way to work this week!! 🤓

Slajaunie I love Carol Burnett! 1y
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JTRobertson
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Mehso-so

Boy, do I hate to give Carol Burnett a "so-so," but I want to be honest. This book was 60% great. That part was Carol (reading the audio herself) telling behind the scenes stories and how the show came to be, etc.

The other 40% was Carol reliving some of her favorite comedy sketches word for word. She even played all the parts. It was just awkward, and honestly, boring. It was like being told an unfunny "you had to be there to get it" story. ?

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Txdmarie
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Went to the thrift store to see what book treasures they may have and didn‘t find anything but DID find these little treasures!!!!!! #classiccomedy #wentforbooksbutgotdvds

GarthRanzz Carol Burnett!! I love that show! When Conway and Korman would crack each other up it was the best. 2y
Alfoster And she still looks fab!😍 2y
Txdmarie I was so excited. It‘s 10 DVD‘s and was only $2 2y
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MissMoneypenny

I just finished the audio version of this book. I loved hearing Carol Burnett tell her story. I have so many fond memories of watching her show.
#bookriotreadharderchallenge
#celebritymemoir

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shadowsdogs
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Pup and a good book ❤️

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Kshakal
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Thank you so much @BrainyHeroine for the wonderful Christmas present!! Carol Burnet is one of my favorites and can‘t wait to dive into it! (Plus I have never done an audiobook and wanted to do so in 2018 so this is absolutely perfect!!) 🤓💖🤓

BrainyHeroine Yay!!! 2y
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RealBooks4ever
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The Carol Burnett Show was one of the highlights of television back in the late 1960s and early 1970s! This book shares Ms. Burnett‘s memories of making the show. #ComedyQueen

Matilda I love her so. I grew up watching this with my grandparents and she still makes me laugh just as hard now. 2y
LiteraryinLititz She‘s absolutely hilarious in Noises Off, one of my favorite movies. 😁 2y
RealBooks4ever @Matilda Wasn't it funny when Tim and Harvey couldn't keep from laughing? That cracked me up! 2y
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RealBooks4ever @LiteraryinLititz I'm not familiar with that movie. I'll have to look it up! 2y
Brenda I never missed her show. Brought back so many great memories to see the anniversary show last week 2y
RealBooks4ever @Brenda Oh no! I didn‘t know it was on! 😢 I missed it! 2y
Brenda @RealBooks4ever Oh no! It was a 50th anniversary special on CBS..maybe you can find it online. 2y
Matilda @RealBooks4ever always. And to this day I still remember how hard I laughed when she made the dress out of the curtain and the skit in the super tiny office where they had to duck to open drawers etc so of course everything went wrong. I wish the stupid rights issue they've had would get resolved so the whole show could be rereleased. 2y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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I made the #manpanion watch The Carol Burnett special instead of the game. I am a rabid Carol Burnett fan. That was the funniest show EVER.
She is the reason I started watching classic movies. Her spoofs made me want to watch the originals.

DebinHawaii I am looking forward to this tonight! ❤️Carol! 2y
Kshakal It was so good! I too want to watch all of the originals!! 💖 2y
AmyG It was good. I loved this show as a child and it brought back so many memories. And...it‘s still really, really funny. 2y
kylienoele I've never watched the show, but I watched this with my grandparents tonight and I laughed so hard!!! Looks like another show has been added to my To-Watch list 😄😄 2y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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I had 2 audible credits to use up.
I still need to get the physical version of In Such Goid Company. I ❤️❤️❤️Carol Burnett!!

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imabusybee
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Loving this so far!! Still playing catch up on my ARC's. Is this cheating if I am listening to it instead. 😂

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CogsOfEncouragement
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Mehso-so

I was looking forward to this immensely. In actuality, though I love the show, many of the movies and actors she talks about at length in this audio book - I have no reference for. I am surprised to say I am too young! I ended up skipping a few sections because of this. #AudioMemoir

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UwannaPublishme
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Rough week here. Took a weird tumble and had to get a new hip. Ugh! And I thought I was too young for this stuff. The good news: I'm home now, I'm feeling much better and I'm in the perfect position to read more! Thanks to authors Carol Burnett and Amy Poehler who have been great remedies for recovery. Hugs to all my Litten friends. Glad to be back online. Always remember to savor every precious step. 🤗

RachelO Oh no! Glad you're safely back home, and wishing you a speedy recovery. 3y
sprainedbrain So glad you are recovering! Enjoy your reading time. ❤️ 3y
PurpleyPumpkin Wow, you've had a lot going on! Glad to hear you're on the mend. You're so right, it important to savour every moment!! 3y
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DebinHawaii Oh wow-I am so sorry to hear you had to go through that but happy to hear you are back home and healing. Here's to a quick recovery. Will send positive thoughts and vibes. 💜💜💜 3y
readordierachel Glad you're feeling better! 3y
UwannaPublishme @PurpleyPumpkin Thanks for your kind wishes. Really means a lot. I'm learning to really appreciate the present moment and all those precious little things. Hugs back to you. 🤗 3y
UwannaPublishme @DebinHawaii Thanks Deb! I'm so grateful to you and all those fun and delicious messages you post. You keep me smiling! 🤗 3y
UwannaPublishme @RachelO Thanks for thinking of me. And yes, being home in my own bed is sooooo nice. Hugs back to you. 🤗 3y
UwannaPublishme @sprainedbrain Thank you for your well wishes, SB. Means a lot! If you have any suggestions for any humor books, I'm ready for more! 🤗 3y
UwannaPublishme @ReadOrDieRachel So grateful for your message. Feeling better each day...and the books keep me smiling too. 🤗👌🏻 3y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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My #springcleaningreadathon #tbr (and laundry).

BibliophileMomma Oh let me know how Burntown is. I loved her other book. 3y
JoeStalksBeck Yes! I want to know how Burntown is! 3y
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scrappygolden
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Pickpick

Another book club pick that made for great discussion, laughter and shared memories. It was fun learning some background to the show, but the sketches were more fun to watch on tv than to read in a book.

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Sace
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Pickpick

Another winner from Carol. Sorry about the poor quality picture.

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Sace
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I a little audio coloring while I listened to Carol. These are going to be great bookmarks. 😊

LauraBeth Pretty! 3y
Sace @LauraBeth thank you! 3y
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bookishbitch
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Mehso-so

I grew up watching her show with my mom so I enjoyed the book. If you aren't a fan of the show I don't think it would be as interesting. It is a good look at how they used to do live TV back then however for a non-fan.

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CogsOfEncouragement
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Some of the books we will be #GivingAsGifts this year. (I have at least one more to find for a little cutie on our list.) When I found out about Carol Burnett's new book I was thrilled to have something wonderful to give my mom this year! #12DaysOfXmasPhoto

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DebinHawaii
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I grew up watching the Carol Burnett show & adore her. I saw some interviews about this book & looking for a lighter book to listen to, I checked it out on Overdrive. If you're a fan & tv geek it is a delight hearing it read by Burnett w/pop-ins by some of the cast/crew & hearing details behind memorable sketches like 'Went With the Wind' & her curtain & curtain rod dress. It drags a bit at times in all the details but her charm makes up for it.👍

Alfoster Oh my, grew up loving her too! Hilarious!😍😍 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess Love her especially the Gone with the wind, dentist and elephant episodes!😍😍 3y
queerbookreader I ADORE HER SO MUCH have you seen the episode where Maggie Smith guest starred?? I nearly died when I saw it okay 3y
UwannaPublishme Carol is awesome! Loved her hilarious show and previous books, so I'm looking forward to reading this one. 3y
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CopperfieldsBooks
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A must-read for any Carol Burnett fan! Only she has the timing, talent, and wit to pull back the curtain on the Emmy-Award winning Carol Burnett Show and share the stories of the guests, skits, and antics that made it legendary. This book is Burnett‘s love letter to a golden era in television through the lens of her brilliant show. Written with all the charm, wit, and humor that fans expect from this masterful entertainer. #CopperfieldsRecommends

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LitHousewife
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I finished this audiobook this morning. I love Carol Burnett and have enjoyed the reruns of her show over the years. While the first half of the book would appeal to anyone interested in American pop culture, there were a lot of sketches Burnett discussed in a play by play fashion that got a little old. While her other memoirs may be better, I'm glad to have spent this time with her. She's a treasure.

BooksTeasAndBookishThings She is on Chelsea and she said this book was so good and funny and she finished it in one day! On my list 🙌📚 3y
LitHousewife @BooksTeasAndBookishThings You will enjoy it! It would definitely be a quick read in print. 3y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings I can't wait!!! 😊❤️ 3y
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LitHousewife
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When I'm not furiously reading Only Love Can Break Your Heart, I'll be listening to Carol Burnett. I'm about 2/3 finished. I love her and I loved growing up on reruns of her show. The book is enjoyable, but the play by play of some of the sketches loses my interest. I don't really mind, though. Burnett is a gem.

youngreadrshelf ❤️❤️❤️ Carol Burnett! 3y
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A_Readers_Oasis
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Enjoying this read so far.

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Heatherine
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Finally got this in the mail. #RIFWinner

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OliverDepp
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When in need of good company, who better than the funniest lady ever?

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Qemorio
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We are 11 days into the month and these are all the books I have acquired so far. Look how responsible I am! Lol.

Zelma 😂 I like your positive attitude! 3y
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Heatherine
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Just found out I won this!! 😀 #ReadItForward #ReadABookDay

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LitHousewife
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Getting a review copy of the new book by Carol Burnett is like getting the shot of pure sunshine I needed. I ❤️ her so much. What a talent!

BethFishReads Ha e you started it. I'm on the fence about taking it 3y
LitHousewife @BethFishReads I haven't yet. I'll listen to it as soon as I finish As You Wish. 3y
BethFishReads I should just download it. Lol 3y
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audiothing I do like her, not quite sure if I'd spend my credit on it though. I'll wait and see what you think 3y
DebinHawaii She is amazing--love her! ❤️👍 3y
LitHousewife @BethFishReads She's Carol Burnett!!! I don't care how she sounds now. 😂 3y
LitHousewife @audiothing I'll let you know. I'm just excited to spend some good carpool time with her. 🤗 3y
Carol 🙌🙌🙌 3y
CogsOfEncouragement !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 3y
KVanRead ❤️her so much! If you haven't seen her on Stephen Colbert with Kevin Spacey, Google it, it's a beautiful moment 😍 3y
Zelma Looking forward to your review! That sounds intriguing for the car. 3y
SaraFair Just heard a great interview with her on Alec Baldwin's podcast. I am betting the book will be great. 3y
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KrisConstantReader
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Excellent book, as expected. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟5 Stars

KrisConstantReader Read my full review and add me on Goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1718099121 3y
Laura317 I just added you on Goodreads. 😀 3y
LitHousewife I love her! I need to read this. 3y
KrisConstantReader @Laura317 great, thanks! @LitHousewife it's really good, it even inspired me to buy this one on iBooks 3y
UwannaPublishme Yay! This is on my TBR list. Just finished "This Time Together"--also great! Carol has such wonderful stories to tell. 3y
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KrisConstantReader
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I'm so unbelievably excited to have gotten approved for this one!!!

shawnmooney Love love love LOVE her! 3y
KrisConstantReader @shawnmooney she's awesome! I can't wait to read this one. 3y
Sue OMG I love Carol Burnett!! Can't wait to see what you think. 3y
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Sue And I couldn't resist jumping into netgalley to try my luck.... 3y
KrisConstantReader @Sue lmao, I would've done the same thing! Now I'm back down to 64%, but almost finished with another one anyway. It never ends! 3y
Carol 👏👏 3y
ScrappyMags I always wonder if NetGalley takes into account you get approved for books months ahead. Right now I'm like 50% but I've got books lined up for many months from now 3y
KrisConstantReader @ScrappyMags I have no idea, I'm pretty new to Netgalley. I guess it depends on the publisher--I've gotten approved for some pretty high-profile, buzzed about books even when my % wasn't great. Currently I'm at 66%, trying desperately to raise it up but then these books just keep coming in. 3y
KrisConstantReader @ScrappyMags p.s. I love it your username, my precious doggy is named Scrappy 🐶😊 3y
ScrappyMags @KrisConstantReader thx!! Lol I have 2 beagle boys Casey and Finnegan! I'm pretty new to NG too. I've got the new Jodi Picoult, Alice Hoffman and a few others in my que. when I got approved I completely book nerded out!! Lol it's nice to have a place like Litsy where others appreciate book nerdery 🤓🤓🐶🐶 3y
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NYasinsky
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Spending some QT with my favorite funny lady at the laundromat! Even reading the first few pages, it's like being reunited with an old friend!! 💙

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