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New York Times bestselling author and stand up comedian Michael Ian Black author of A Child’s First Book of Trump delivers a “memorable and funny” Kirkus Reviews memoir about confronting his genetic legacy as he hits his fortiesBlack pulls no punches in this hilariously honest memoir a follow up to the acclaimed You’re Not Doing It Right When Michael’s mother receives a harrowing me I love Michael Ian Black he's been part of my life since I was a kid it's kind of crazy This book was fun and real very enjoyable

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Cating and deliciously frank remembrance of exercise failures finding out he is part Neanderthal and almost throwing down with fellow author Tucker MaxMichael Ian Black may not have the perfect body Or be the perfect father Or husband Or son But you will laugh as you recognize yourself in his attempts to do better And inevitably falling short You’ll laugh you’ll cry you’ll call your mom 35 starsI was diagnosed with asthma when I was 12 I started losing my hair in my 20s I’ve dealt with body dysmorphia for much of my life and suffered from various eating disorders until I settled on running obsessively to keep my weight down My head is a perpetual knot of anxiety and dread And a couple months ago I went through a battery of tests to figure out why I was dealing with heart palpitationsIn short my body is not my friendSo it was with some eagerness that I picked up Michael Ian Black’s second memoir Navel Gazing I gravitate toward entertainers who tend to be as neurotic as I am because reading about their own struggles makes me feel better about my own In that regard Navel Gazing doesn’t disappointIf you know Black from his comedic work The State Stella Wet Hot American Summer Ed etc you’ll know what tone to expect It’s sarcastic and sardonic and statements that initially come across as pure ego actually mask a deep well of self deprecation Funny stuff to be sure but what I really didn’t expect was the way in which these laugh out loud funny vignettes were shot through with a rich vein of sincere introspectionSee the book is both a meditation on all those superficial things we hate about our own bodies as well as a earnest chronicle of his mom’s struggle with cancer So we get chapters that explore Black’s own obsession with running his annoyance at his physical shortcomings his hatred for the gym and his gross toes But we also get chapters where Black tries to come to terms with his mother’s illness his own mortality and the legacy he’s leaving to his childrenEven though I’ve been a fan of Black’s for than 25 years Navel Gazing made me appreciate him even I always feel weird rating or even endorsing celebrity memoirs Unless I’m already a fan I’m not likely to read them no matter how well written they are sorry Jessica Simpson If that describes you too I’m still going to encourage you to give this one a try It brings the funny but it’s also a balm for all those neuroses we just can’t escape

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Dical diagnosis Michael begins a laugh out loud examination of health happiness and the human body from the perspective of a settled and sedentary husband and father of two With the trademark wit that has made Michael’s other books popular favorites Navel Gazing is a heartfelt and poignant memoir about coming to terms with growing older and the inevitability of death It is also a self depre This is the first of Michael Ian Black's that I have read In fact I didn't even know he had written others until they were mentioned in this book but I'm a big fan of his television work so when I had the chance to read an early review copy of this book I jumped at the opportunity I wouldn't say this is anywhere close to the best book I've ever read but I have to commend it for being one of those books that feels like you're having a conversation with the author than actually reading a book It's easy to read I read it over a Saturday morning and entertaining enough that I actually found myself laughing out loud at some of the moment considering some of the darker subject matter I think that's saying a lot for how great the story telling of this book is I don't know if the subject matter of this book a great deal of it is about death broken families and genetic illnesses is for everyone but I thoroughly enjoyed this light hearted look at some of the grim realities that we all face as we go through life If you're looking for a great celebrity book that isn't all about how fantastic they presumably are I highly recommend this one I was provided with a free copy of this book in order to conduct this review WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM

  • Hardcover
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  • Navel Gazing True Tales of Bodies Mostly Mine But Also My Mom's Which I Know Sounds Weird
  • Michael Ian Black
  • English
  • 08 March 2020
  • 9781476748825

About the Author: Michael Ian Black

True Tales PDF Ì Michael Ian Black is a popular comedian who began his career with The State a sketch Navel Gazing ePUB ✓ comedy troupe he co founded at New York University in which went on to have a Gazing True Tales Epub Ù successful run on MTV He then co created Gazing True Tales of Bodies PDF/EPUB ² the Comedy Central television series Viva Variety a fake Gazing True Tales of Bodies PDF/EPUB ² European variety show From there he appeared on several television shows before landing the role of Phil Stubbs the uirky.



10 thoughts on “Navel Gazing True Tales of Bodies Mostly Mine But Also My Mom's Which I Know Sounds Weird

  1. says:

    My husband and I listened to this one together and it was unfortunately relatable Anyhow we both laughed our way through it

  2. says:

    I received a copy of this from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewIf you need a reminder that comics and actors are just normal people you should read Michael Ian Black's latest memoir Navel Gazing Apparently he has previously published a memoir one that I haven't read but he is so careful not to repeat himself I suspect the most interesting stuff has already been said He also steps around a story he told on This American Life which I also have not heard Without his most uniue stories Michael Ian Black I can't seem to just call him Michael talks about his mother's illness and his own aging It's despairingly average I suspect he isn't far enough from this part of his life to reflect he's just presenting the most recent events as they happened hair implants colonoscopies foot fungus and all Also cancer treatments are horrific It's possible this just wasn't the book for me as my mother is still going through physical therapy to treat her own cancer treatments I am wishing his mother all the best

  3. says:

    I love Michael Ian Black he's been part of my life since I was a kid it's kind of crazy This book was fun and real very enjoyable

  4. says:

    One of my favorite genres is people laugh at terrible things that happened It's certainly how I deal with tragedy in my own lifeMichael Ian Black whom you might recognize from comedy specials and movies uses humor to deal with his mom's cancer and his own insecurities in this book The book is made up of short stories and anecdotes that are tied together by this theme There's a lot of laughs and some touching moments These made me appreciate my own mom even and consider giving her a copy but these were often followed by hilarious sexual content that she would not find as amusing as I didIt's a pretty uick read that is relatable funny and moving in all the right places Recommended to fans of funny memoirs and comedians

  5. says:

    This is the first of Michael Ian Black's that I have read In fact I didn't even know he had written others until they were mentioned in this book but I'm a big fan of his television work so when I had the chance to read an early review copy of this book I jumped at the opportunity I wouldn't say this is anywhere close to the best book I've ever read but I have to commend it for being one of those books that feels like you're having a conversation with the author than actually reading a book It's easy to read I read it over a Saturday morning and entertaining enough that I actually found myself laughing out loud at some of the moment considering some of the darker subject matter I think that's saying a lot for how great the story telling of this book is I don't know if the subject matter of this book a great deal of it is about death broken families and genetic illnesses is for everyone but I thoroughly enjoyed this light hearted look at some of the grim realities that we all face as we go through life If you're looking for a great celebrity book that isn't all about how fantastic they presumably are I highly recommend this one I was provided with a free copy of this book in order to conduct this review WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM

  6. says:

    It's nice to read one of your all time favorite comedian's take on serious matters about health and family Being able to have a laugh at your own neurotic thoughts you didn't realize others shared is refreshing

  7. says:

    35 starsI was diagnosed with asthma when I was 12 I started losing my hair in my 20s I’ve dealt with body dysmorphia for much of my life and suffered from various eating disorders until I settled on running obsessively to keep my weight down My head is a perpetual knot of anxiety and dread And a couple months ago I went through a battery of tests to figure out why I was dealing with heart palpitationsIn short my body is not my friendSo it was with some eagerness that I picked up Michael Ian Black’s second memoir Navel Gazing I gravitate toward entertainers who tend to be as neurotic as I am because reading about their own struggles makes me feel better about my own In that regard Navel Gazing doesn’t disappointIf you know Black from his comedic work The State Stella Wet Hot American Summer Ed etc you’ll know what tone to expect It’s sarcastic and sardonic and statements that initially come across as pure ego actually mask a deep well of self deprecation Funny stuff to be sure but what I really didn’t expect was the way in which these laugh out loud funny vignettes were shot through with a rich vein of sincere introspectionSee the book is both a meditation on all those superficial things we hate about our own bodies as well as a earnest chronicle of his mom’s struggle with cancer So we get chapters that explore Black’s own obsession with running his annoyance at his physical shortcomings his hatred for the gym and his gross toes But we also get chapters where Black tries to come to terms with his mother’s illness his own mortality and the legacy he’s leaving to his childrenEven though I’ve been a fan of Black’s for than 25 years Navel Gazing made me appreciate him even I always feel weird rating or even endorsing celebrity memoirs Unless I’m already a fan I’m not likely to read them no matter how well written they are sorry Jessica Simpson If that describes you too I’m still going to encourage you to give this one a try It brings the funny but it’s also a balm for all those neuroses we just can’t escape

  8. says:

    Michael Ian Black is pretty much a comedic genius He isn’t ‘in your face’ and displays a subtle sarcastic cynical sometimes dark but very ‘real’ sort of comedy laced with intelligence and his own self doubt Basically he is the awesome guy next door Black’s resume also includes excellent memoirs and children’s books This multi threat follows up his previous memoir “You’re Not Doing it Right” with “Navel Gazing True Tales of Bodies Mostly Mine But Also My Mom’s Which I know Sounds Weird” Anyone who has read Black’s previous writings knows the basis of what to expect from “Navel Gazing” For those losing their virginity; Navel Gazing is not a typical memoir Black is simply too smart and complex for that even if he is a self described Neanderthal Rather than a usual Hollywood memoir Black recounts his life in a self therapy way which clearly indicates his own efforts to process and heal from whatever life has thrown at him This is all told in a narrative voice and coated with a comic angle making “Navel Gazing” reside many rungs up on the memoir ladderAs hinted Black doesn’t ‘throw’ anything – including humor in the reader’s face Everything is natural real and effortless allowing a deep look into his psyche and internal analysis which makes the reader feel like Black is a friend One learns about Black’s life but also develops feelings for him and as though Black reciprocates back“Navel Gazing” certainly contains laugh out loud moments although noticeably not as much as his previous work; but they are existent nevertheless It should be noted however that Black makes comedic statements which are not always entirely politically correct If this is something you find offensive or take seriously then “Navel Gazing” is not for you Black finds success in not being repetitive and covering a variety of stories even while sticking to his chosen content ‘theme’ This maintains reader attention and enforces a lively pace Unlike many other celebrity memoirs Black doesn’t ever beg for pity display self entitlement or name drop other celebrities Black is truly a classy guy The concluding chapters of “Navel Gazing” are on the serious and depressing end of the spectrum but again it shows how real Black is making the text relatable and emotional “Navel Gazing” rounds out in a solid and emotive way“Navel Gazing” doesn’t include any photos from the Black life arsenal so expect to resort to Google if specifically searching for such photos I’m not sure if Google even has any Whether one is a fan of Michael Ian Black comedy memoirs or all of the above; “Navel Gazing” is certainly recommended The text is well written the content is detailed but manageable “Navel Gazing is short in volume and the experience is delightful In short Black does it again

  9. says:

    Anyone who knows me will understand how weird it is that Michael Ian Black is one of my favorite authors I have not watched TV since 1991 except international sporting events and presidential debates and I did not know that he was an actor the first time I downloaded his book You're Not Doing It Right on Audible the audiobook site I was just looking for a funny book and saw that it was highly rated and it was in the comedy section But that book was so hilarious that I have now listened to it at least five times and so when I heard that his latest book was out I also looked for it on Audible It only took me a couple days to listen to this and when I finished an hour or so ago while running errands I immediately just started the book up again I don't think it's uite as funny as You're Not Doing It Right but it is still hilarious and well worth several listens What I like so much about Black as an author is that he's both funny and deep While you will get a lot of laughs listening to his tales you also get a really meaningful and relatable exploration of all the emotions that drive us as human beings – love fear of death embarrassment etc He's not afraid to be vulnerable and that's why his book is able to hit both the funny notes and the deep ones I recommend his books as audiobooks because he actually reads them himself and I think the delivery makes them even funnier

  10. says:

    I'm not a book reader generally But I've been a fan of Michael Ian Black since I first saw him on Viva Variety back in the 90's and his previous book You're Not Doing It Right was a good readI can honestly say that Navel Gazing is one of the best books I've read in a very very long time A lot of this has to do with the number of striking parallels between Black's life and thoughts and my own Not our upbringing familial structure or attractions but the way think about self image body image and mortality Dealing with a chronically ill mother also hit a very strong chord I felt his emotions because I knew those emotions myselfI can't say that everyone needs to read this book But I needed to read this book I wanted to devour it as uickly as possible but had to take it in manageable chunks as so much of it hit so close to home it drained me after a few chaptersHeart wrenching insightful and yes funny Navel Gazing made me feel at turns happy sad and importantly understood it also made me feel like I should go for a run sometime If it wasn't for this damn bum foot and ankle

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