Attempting Normal (Enhanced Edition)

Attempting Normal (Enhanced Edition)

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by Marc Maron
     
 

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ISBN-13:
9780812994551
Publisher:
Random House Group
Publication date:
04/30/2013
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Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
679,948
File size:
57 MB
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Meet the Author

Marc Maron is a stand-up comedian and host of the podcast WTF with Marc Maron. He has appeared in his own comedy specials on Comedy Central and HBO, and his sitcom Maron airs on IFC. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Attempting Normal 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
pensacolamark More than 1 year ago
I like quirky, anti-authority people, but Maron puts the i-i-i in narcissistic. He ruins relationships left and right, all in the name of honing his craft as a comic, and then shrugs, as if, "The world must accept me as I am." The book has some funny passages, but overall it's not very entertaining. Save your money for something else.
Carolton More than 1 year ago
I'm a big Maron fan so he could have phoned this in and I would've still enjoyed it. But he put heart and soul into this and it's filled with all sorts of truths and insights into him that lead me to some of my own truths and insights. I want to read it again right now but one of my son's friends saw it and it's undoubtedly never to be seen again. Oh well, I guess I'll just buy another copy. It's worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a long time listener of the podcast, I was excited for this book. It did not disappoint. Marc's trademark self-disclosure is evident throughout the book. A few of the stories he has told before on the podcast but it was great to revisit them in the pages of this book. I sat in my car while my oil was changed reading this book and laughing outloud so uncontrollably that the men stopped changing my oil to be sure I was ok. Well done, Marc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the honesty
JScheibe More than 1 year ago
I received this book through Goodreads' First Reads program. Be aware before you continue to read this that I quote the book in a few places. I don't think they qualify as spoilers, per se, but they do reflect some of the more philosophical moments in the book. The strength of Marc Maron's comedy lies (and has always lain) in the honesty of his stories. He strips back the layers so many comedians use to shield themselves, throwing himself out there for anyone to laugh with or laugh at. Maron's latest book, Attempting Normal, transfers his angry, self-deprecating (and occasionally self-abusive) sense of humor to prose. I will admit that while I did not often laugh at the situations presented within (Maron's sense of humor doesn't entirely mesh with mine), there is a certain appealing frankness about the whole thing. Maron splices comedy and pathos, but as absurd as some of the situations may seem, his simple, down-to-earth narration lends an air of credence to them. Take, for example, this quote: "I felt like I needed closure. I needed to be punched in the heart with the reality of the situation. That is what emotional connection is to me sometimes. Pain makes me know I am alive. Joy and comfort are awkward and make me want to die. I needed to see in her eyes that she didn't care about me and I had no power over her. Of course, I was hedging my bets. Some part of me hoped we would once again lock into that shared emotional frequency that undeniably connected us. I thought that connection was indelible, no matter what happened between us, even if it was like a tattoo that seemed like the right thing to do at the time but is now just a fading green mistake." This resonated with me, likely because I have gone through the same situation. In fact, this is the power inherent in Maron's stories--the fact that we've been there too. As someone who is highly invested in the fine arts (theatre, writing, and music in particular), this quote stuck out at me:  "The point is, maybe I need to re-immerse myself in fine arts. They're magic. It doesn't always work but the good stuff, or at least the stuff that resonates, should engage your heart in a way that can reflect, sate, define, amplify, provoke, or relieve what seems like chaos or confusion in your life. The art allows you to experience it and better understand your own undefined or renegade emotions. Sometimes the art gives you new things to worry about. That's some good art there." This, I think, is the core of the fine arts. It allows us to either conceal or confront the issues in our lives in a way that is, for the most part, socially acceptable, and provides a benefit to society. These are just a few examples of some rather philosophical moments sprinkled throughout the book; while they may be "deep thoughts", they are always presented in an impressively accessible way. Overall, I was impressed with Maron's latest work. While the laughs may be aimed at a different audience, the situations are things we can all relate to, tied together by Maron's expert storytelling ability.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The reviews rated high and the overview sounded good and the book was what-a buck99?I think I'ma gunna take the plunge I'm going to rate 5 stars and come back and change if need be.Crossin' my fingers!!P.S.I wish people would add how many pages.Granny B.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good bruh. I like how you used Sun in the story. Keep it goin'!
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Keep going!! Except...dude...you threatened Game Guide... -Midnight Dx
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(I became a hedgehog in April not December!) Firework and I were walking down the street. GG and FF were walking down the street."Hey GG haven't seen ya since that Bakugan battle.",I said. "Yeah SD and the team resurrected and became good.",GG said."Ok,but if you were still evil I would take you down.",I said. I left GG,FF,and Firework alone. I waved goodbye to them. Just then I notice I walked in the Everfree forest."Well while i'm gonna check up on Changeling Zecora.",I said. When I got to Zecora's hut it was barricaded. "Oh great.",I said. I jumped through the door."OW!",I yelled. My arm started to bleed."Holy*beep*.",I said.