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I'm Just a Person
I'm Just a Person | Tig Notaro
One of Americas most original comedic voices delivers a darkly funny, wryly observed, and emotionally raw account of her year of death, cancer, and epiphany.In the span of four months in 2012, Tig Notaro was hospitalized for a debilitating intestinal disease called C. diff, her mother unexpectedly died, she went through a breakup, and then she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. Hit with this devastating barrage, Tig took her grief onstage. Days after receiving her cancer diagnosis, she broke new comedic ground, opening an unvarnished set with the words: Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you? Hi, how are you? Is everybody having a good time? I have cancer. The set went viral instantly and was ultimately released as Tigs sophomore album, Live, which sold one hundred thousand units in just six weeks and was later nominated for a Grammy.Now, the wildly popular star takes stock of that no good, very bad yeara difficult yet astonishing period in which tragedy turned into absurdity and despair transformed into joy. An inspired combination of the deadpan silliness of her comedy and the open-hearted vulnerability that has emerged in the wake of that dire time, Im Just a Person is a moving and often hilarious look at this very brave, very funny womans journey into the darkness and her thrilling return from it.
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PerksOfBeingABookworm
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Tig Notaro takes us through the hardest year of her life. First bronchitis and a sinus infection lead to a deadly bacteria infection. While she‘s recovering, her mom suddenly dies. She goes through a mutually agreed upon break-up. Then she‘s diagnosed with breast cancer and goes through a bilateral mastectomy. At times funny, Notaro‘s book is an account of tremendous loss, but also tremendous strength. 4/5 ⭐️ #queerbooks

readordierachel I really liked this one 2mo
Reggie Does she talk about Taylor Dane? I haven‘t read the book but I saw some interview with her and she talked about Taylor Dane and it was hilarious!!! 2mo
PerksOfBeingABookworm @Reggie no she doesn‘t. It pretty much centers on her relationship with her mom, almost dying from the bacteria infection, and then getting breast cancer. 2mo
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RealBooks4ever
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My random number generator picked this book for me out of my collection and it was serendipitous. Coming up on the third anniversary of my own mother‘s death, I don‘t think I was emotionally ready to read Notaro‘s experience before now. It still brought tears, but oh how I could relate!
This book has all the things I want from a memoir: honesty, growth, and at least some happiness to hold on to. Highly recommended!

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bio_chem06
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One down, two to go. Won't stop until the other two are finished.
#myownpersonalreadathon #longoverdue

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SkeletonKey
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Currently listening to.

#lgbtq #queerbooks #memoir

readordierachel This was a great one on audio I thought. Enjoy! 2y
SkeletonKey @ReadOrDieRachel - I‘m enjoying it so far! 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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I had heard about Tig Notaro‘s famous set about her breast cancer diagnosis and her mother‘s death, but didn‘t know the details. She discusses that time in her life here full on. It is bold, raw, and honest. This is such incredible vulnerability. It‘s so good.

Soubhiville Yes! I loved this! I hear she has a new something out... can‘t remember if it was a Netflix special? I should look it up. 2y
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Something we should all strive for.

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Hooked_on_books
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I‘m audiostitching a dog-themed design while listening to Tig. She‘s so raw and open, I‘m really impressed. And I‘ve been keeping the door closed so Gunther won‘t eat this project like he did the last one. 🙄🐶

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Bexicans
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Somewhere on disc 4 I found myself sobbing on the commute home from work, so there's that

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Bibliogeekery
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This was a very raw, engaging and honest insight into an absolutely terrible year in Tig Notaro's life. Great to hear the author narrate the audiobook version!

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Bibliogeekery
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Enjoying the Christmas windows at The Bay department store with my nieces (and my audiobook on the way!)

Melissa_J I loved visiting downtown Toronto and seeing the Christmas window displays when I was a kid. 2y
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Bibliogeekery
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Good morning! Coffee and audiobook time! 📚☕

BookishTrish I love this photo 2y
Tamra So pretty! 2y
BookMaven407 Beautiful 2y
valeriegeary Pretty! 😍 2y
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Bibliogeekery
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Listening to this book while I drive around to appointments today. #queerbooks

EvieBee I loved this! She‘s amazing. 2y
Soubhiville I loved this too! 2y
readordierachel Great memoir. Loved hearing her read it too. 2y
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Jbakesmcgee3
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Next up!

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tholmz
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I love Tig and feel like I know everything about her, yet I still enjoy her stories and her strength and her words. Don‘t go into this expecting to crack up constantly. It‘s funny but so emotional as well.

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Yamich49
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My 3 road trip audiobook #24in48 recs are

-Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (The audiobook is beautifully narrated)

-A Man Called Ove (you'll be so caught up in the heartwarming and sad story that you won't want to turn it off)

-I'm Just A Person by Tig Notaro (Tig is one of my favorite comedians, a fantastic narrator and has such a dark sense of humor that you will be surprised at what she can make you laugh at)

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I LOVED I'm Just a Person! 3y
Bette ❤️ orphan black 3y
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SoniaC
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This was a very engaging audiobook. Tig came across as very open and honest. Listening to her go through all she did and hearing her all to real struggle to manage it all was inspiring and heartbreaking.

britt_brooke I read the ebook earlier this month and really enjoyed it. I was only vaguely familiar with her prior, but now I'm a fan. 3y
SoniaC @britt_brooke Same here. I had no clue who she was until recently. What she did took a lot of courage. 3y
britt_brooke @SoniaC Absolutely! Also, I was cruising your feed for a minute and noticed we've read a lot of the same books lately. Anansi, Beartown, and this. 👍🏻 #greatminds 😁😉 3y
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RebL If you want to extend the experience, check out the documentary Tig. I'm guessing it's mostly the same, but it's powerful. 3y
SoniaC @britt_brooke That's so true 😂 and let me tell you that you clearly have brilliant taste in books! 3y
SoniaC @RebL I will be sure and do so. Thanks! 3y
EvieBee I really enjoyed this one also. I laughed unexpectedly in some parts before it got sad and the tears ran over. 3y
SoniaC @EvieBeeReads same here! 3y
MaryAnn1 What a brutally honest recollection of devastating events. I admire her strength and honesty. Somehow being able to find humor is my takeaway and I'm grateful to Tig for sharing such private events. 2y
SoniaC @MaryAnn1 I couldn't agree more! Very courageous to be so vulnerable. 2y
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SoniaC
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Started up this audiobook today while I continue to make progress on the blanket I am crocheting for my niece. So far the book is extremely engaging.

Read4life The blanket is gorgeous! 3y
readordierachel Lovely! 3y
SoniaC @ReadOrDieRachel and @Read4life Thank you both. I'm excited to finish it and give it to her. 3y
britt_brooke Beautiful!! 3y
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britt_brooke
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"The scary beauty of life is that cancer can be around the corner just as a Grammy nomination can be."

I was only vaguely familiar with Tig Notaro prior to snagging this on an ebook deal recently. Anyone who can keep a sense of humor through tragedy is my kind of human being. This was a very solid memoir.

RanaElizabeth Notaro does some of the best stand-up ever. Love her. 3y
britt_brooke @RanaElizabeth I've only seen bits and pieces but she does my kind of comedy and I love her delivery. (edited) 3y
RealBooks4ever I first heard her on a podcast interview. Her amazing story got me to put this on my tbr! 3y
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Reggie If you ever listen to the Moth Podcast, look up her story. It's about her relationship with her stepfather and it is profound and had me in tears driving home from work. She's also pretty funny. She does this joke about Taylor Dane that rolls me every time lol. 3y
britt_brooke @RealBooks4ever It's a great read. 💚 3y
britt_brooke @Reggie Thanks! She mentions the Taylor Dane story in the book but only in passing. I need to look it up! 3y
MayginReads Her show on Amazon Prime Video is solid. It also covers her battle with her health and her relationship with her stepfather. It's funny and sad all at the same time. 3y
britt_brooke @MayginReads We have prime video so I'll definitely check it out - thanks! 3y
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theshrinkette
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I'd vaguely heard of Tig but hadn't watched any of her shows or really followed her work. Her slow, dry, deadpan humor is totally my cup of tea, and her story is touching. The memoir covers surviving her mother's death, dealing with C. Diff, and surviving cancer, all in one year. Really glad the audiobook was narrated by her. Definitely plan to catch the now famous Largo set.

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theshrinkette
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Sciatica flare up so stuck in bed. Using this time to update my reading spreadsheets and listening to this audiobook.

slategreyskies Hope you feel better soon! 💕 3y
readordierachel I enjoyed this one a lot. Hope it helps you feel better! 3y
moranadatter I hope you feel better soon! 💛 3y
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theshrinkette
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Eyes hurt too much to do any orint/electronic reading, so listening to this quick memoir.

Sue Hope they feel better soon! 3y
britt_brooke Feel better soon! I just stared this ebook tonight. 👍🏻 3y
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LibrarianRenee
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Just started listening.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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A lot of the information in this book was similar to her stand up special Live. There was a lot more detail and nuance and feeling added. Unlike the stand up, there was not much humor here, just the story of a person going through a tough part of life. Not what I was expecting but very well done.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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An intense, darkly funny, inspiring memoir about a pretty unbelievable year in the life of comedian Tig Notaro. I can't quite put my finger on what exactly it is that I love about how she puts things. I think it's her sense of humour, for sure, but also her deadpan voice and her generosity and her honesty. Yeah, maybe that's it. Great as an audiobook.
#Audiobooks #QueerBooks

Soubhiville I love her, and I loved this book! 3y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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I was expecting this to be intense -- comedian Tig Notaro talking about her year of hell with her mom dying, a life threatening bacterial infection, a break up, and breast cancer followed by a double mastectomy -- but damn. Somehow, it's still funny, even though it's also sad? #Audiobooks #QueerBooks

angrylilasian She's amazing. Did you see the stand up act when she announced she had cancer? Same feeling. Laughing and crying at the same time. 3y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @angrylilasian No I haven't seen that set but I did see a new live show of hers last December. It was awesome! 3y
Loretta @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Was it by any chance the one with the extended Indigo Girls bit at the end? The audacity and hilarity of that was something I've never even imagined for comedy. 🙌🏻🙌🏻 (edited) 3y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Loretta No it wasn't but that sounds awesome!! 3y
Loretta @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I saw her do it in Boston in November, so must be the same tour you saw. Vulture did a whole write up of it, here: http://www.vulture.com/2016/11/tig-notaro-unleashes-best-closer-ive-ever-seen.ht... 💕💕 3y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Loretta Oh yeah, she did a play on this idea at the show I was at, but she was pretending with some audience members that she had been talking to about their pets that she was going to bring their dog onstage because she had gone and got it from their house. It was really funny, and the people clearly were never sure if their dog was gonna actually appear or not. 3y
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Yamich49
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Tig is one of my favorite comedians and I'm so glad I listened to this book because her narration is perfect! She is such a fascinating and hilarious person despite the many difficult and painful things she has had to endure in such a short amount of time. If you haven't seen any of her work, check out her stand-up special on Netflix and her show on Amazon (which I still need to watch). She will make you cry and then laugh hysterically. ❤

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As she sits at her mother's deathbed.

segeorgeff I love Tig and the book was a fascinating read. 3y
BeckyBelt This book wrecked me. I love Tig. 3y
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Tig Notaro is just such a pro at breaking your heart and then, when you least expect it, making the joke that will elicit surprised yet authentic laughter. This was a quick, gratifying read. Plus it reminded me that I need to make time to finish watching One Mississippi.

Christine Thanks for reminding me to read this (and yes do finish One Mississippi! Loved it.)! 3y
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readordierachel
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Life kicked Tig Notaro right in the ovaries, really fucking hard, over and over in a short period of time. She came through it and one of the results is an awesome book. Honest, sad, funny, and touching. Great read.

EvieBee I loved this one as well. Listened to her narrate the audiobook. 3y
readordierachel @EvieBee84 I did the audio too! I think hearing it in her voice really added to it. 3y
EvieBee Very dead pan. Love that about her! 3y
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Jana
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I think Tig is awesome and hilarious and I was thrilled to find out she wrote a book. And it was enjoyable. She's a great writer and a badass survivor. However, having watched and read interviews and her Netflix special, I don't feel like I learned a ton more about her. It was interesting to really get a glimpse inside her head during that one year and how she dealt, survived, and got through. She's definitely inspiring but the book was meh.

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Soubhiville
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#funfridayphoto
I finished up this memoir today. It was very moving, and encouraging. Tig went through so much rotten stuff in such a short time, and she still has a wonderful, humorous, inspiring attitude. It's a really good memoir.

Yamich49 Ahhh I love her sooo much! This is on my list to buy soon! 3y
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Soubhiville
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Tig talking about feeling at a loss trying to decide what her mother should be buried in.

Also, I occasionally go in for the "something covering my body" look. It's a good one.

If you've ever felt like you have bad luck, Tig's story might be able to make you feel a bit better about your situation. If you want a shorter version than the book to get a taste, try her movie on Netflix, called "Live". Have tissues.

Anyone else read this?

Soubhiville Her Netflix thing is less than an hour long. 3y
MMenefee I have her stand-up piece during which she unveils her bad news recorded, and I've watched the pilot of her Netflix series. Makes me cry and laugh. She's brilliant! 3y
MMenefee ^^Amazon (not Netflix). 3y
Soubhiville @MMenefee I didn't know she had an Amazon series! I know what I'm doing later! I was referring to her stand up piece, which I watched on Netflix. She is incredible. 3y
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Soubhiville
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I'm always #readinginbed, and usually with two cats and a dog. #photoadaynov16

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Same here, and usually the same animal configuration. 👍 3y
kspenmoll Me too. Can't read in chairs very long- just not comfortable - usually done in waiting rooms. Bed or couch for me, all stretched out with my two kitties. 😀 3y
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Soubhiville
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When you started a new book yesterday, but then your library hold came in, and now you're reading 3 physical books, one on Serial Reader, and an audiobook in the car... #booknerdproblems #notcomplaining

Gleefulreader 👍🏻 3y
Linsy 😂 So true! 3y
kspenmoll Sounds like me! 3y
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5 stars ⭐️🌟💫⭐️⭐️and all the praise. Listened on audio. The story is so raw and honest and Tig's reading brings it home even further. She is an inspiration for me and I think about tackling some personal writing.

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Owlizabeth
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This is why I don't study at the library... #litsymademedoit #damnitlitsy #noselfcontrol #gimmeallthembooks

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GregoryCass
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This book doesn't cover a lot of ground outside of Tig's well known battle with Cancer, but it is a really intimate and human story of love, loss and life that I found quite engaging. Her voice is mostly sweet, but just enough of her dry wit shines through to give this a fun tone despite it's heavy themes.

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GregoryCass
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Tig pulls no punches in critiquing her fashion stage eight: "I thought these patterns matched." #morkfromorksuspendersFTW

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GregoryCass
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Man, my wife is killing it with the books she is bringing home this week! It's a tip in, but I still think it's great!

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pb47
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I saw some stand up, then I heard her speak on The Moth podcast, (Do listen to that) and watched the documentary. (Do watch) Reading the book, I have her voice, her particular delivery in my head.

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kristinshafel
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Thank tou, Tig Notaro, for jolting me out of my reading slump. Wept.

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Many of us know the Largo set and if you have seen any of the docs, you know all within 1 year-Tig's mother died, Tig was diagnosed with C Dif, broke up, and then diagnosed w/cancer and had a double mastectomy. This is her story in her own words w/a big focus on her mom's death. Not new, but good.

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NerdyRev
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Started this in the afternoon and I am almost finished. Tig is awesome. We know her story of cancer, but this is also the story of her mother's death and her early life. It is a super quick 220 pager (minus the pics which are drawn). Who doesn't love Tig?

NerdyRev I will be finished in a few. 4y
BookishFeminist Her autograph 😂 4y
NerdyRev That is official too! I found it really funny, but it is really her's 4y
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CuriousTeeth
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Who I am spending tonight with. Been waiting for this to arrive at the store!

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BillKathyWms
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Life is filled with challenges & crosses at various times. Sometimes you wonder how you made it through? While I'm not happy about all of the challenges that have been thrown at me I know that most of them have made me grow and become a stronger person. This memoir was open, honest and heartfelt! 💕

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shutupsmalls
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Sobbing alone in my apartment while reading

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bookchickdi
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I used my 20% off coupon at Barnes and Noble to buy Tig Notaro's book. She is fearless and funny.

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shawnmooney
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"Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you? Hi, how are you? Is everybody having a good time? I have cancer.” Heard this comedian interviewed on some podcast, while I was in the midst of a nap, a while back. Forgot all about her until this memoir showed up in my Twitter feed just now.

Hooked_on_books Tig rocks! 4y
KateTheBookworm I love her. That performance was one of the best comedy sets I've ever heard. 4y
ReadingOver50 I think she is awesome 😀 4y
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Soubhiville I can't wait to read this! 4y
Caryl Love Tig! 4y
Carol Gig is incredible. I want to be like her when I grow up! 🙌🙌 4y
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