Maybe You Never Cry Again

Maybe You Never Cry Again

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by Bernie Mac
     
 

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By the tender of age of five, Bernie Mac had found his calling:making others laugh. Now this amazing comedian delves deep inside to share the poignant story of his childhood and the people who shaped him into the strong, self-reliant man and ruthlessly funny comedian he is today.

When Bernie was just sixteen, he lost his mother to cancer.

A tough but

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By the tender of age of five, Bernie Mac had found his calling:making others laugh. Now this amazing comedian delves deep inside to share the poignant story of his childhood and the people who shaped him into the strong, self-reliant man and ruthlessly funny comedian he is today.

When Bernie was just sixteen, he lost his mother to cancer.

A tough but loving teacher, she showered the unwilling boy with life lessons and "Mac-isms" that would later carry him through many hardships and give him strength during his slow rise to stardom. Maybe You Never Cry Again recounts this ascent in hilarious detail, from eight-year-old Bernie's stand-up comedy performance at a church dinner to open mike nights in Chicago, the jobs he juggled to make ends meet and eventually, his success in entertaining huge audiences on stage, in film, and on television.

Maybe You Never Cry Again is a powerful testamentto how a mother's love makes everything possible.

Editorial Reviews

USA Today
The candid memoir delves deeply into his humble beginnings as "Beanie" on Chicago's South Side to his breakthrough as one of the Kings of Comedy and wraps up quickly with his move into TV and movies. — Karen Thomas
Publishers Weekly
Mac's first book, I Ain't Scared of You (2001), was a comedy riff of sorts, covering everything from sex and marriage to professional athletes and religion, interspersing tidbits about Mac's own life. Now the comedian presents an autobiography of sorts, with sprinkles of funny insights on poverty, senior proms and choosing books over drugs. It may be a tad more serious than his first effort, but it entertainingly tells the life story of one of today's top comedians. Mac, who has his own television show and has appeared in movies including Ocean's 11 and Head of State, reports on his life thus far, including his childhood on Chicago's South Side, how he broke into comedy and his wife and family. Like his approach to stand-up-"I don't sit home and polish the material. Talking shit, I call it. And as long as they're laughing, I know I'm on the right track"-Mac's book feels impromptu yet personal. Although it does recycle some material from I Ain't Scared, this is nonetheless an uplifting-and humorous-rags to riches story, told with heart. (On sale Apr. 29) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061980602
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/06/2009
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HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
358,439
File size:
633 KB

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Maybe You Never Cry Again

A True Story
By Bernie Mac

Regan Books

ISBN: 0060529288


Chapter One

One night, I come in and find my mama in front of the TV, cryin'. And you know how it is when you're a little kid: your mama cryin', you gonna be cryin' in a minute.

"What's wrong, Mama?" I ask her.

"It's nothin', Bean. Sometimes I think sad thoughts."

"What thoughts?"

She didn't answer. She was lookin' at the TV. Black guy's talkin' to Ed Sullivan. I look at him, but I don't hear but a few words. And I can't make them out anyway, see, because suddenly my mama's laughin' to bust a gut. Her whole lap's shakin'. I got to hold on tight or get thrown clear across the room.

I turn to look at her - this is the same woman that was cryin' a second ago? - then turn back to the TV. "Who that man, Mama?"

She's still laughin'. Takes her a while to catch her breath. "Bill Cosby, son. He's a comedian."

A comedian?

"What's that?"

I look over at this Bill Cosby. I don't know what he's talkin' about - but I know that, whatever it is, it's got power.

"That's what I want to be, Mama. A comedian. Make you laugh like that, maybe you never cry again."

By the tender age of five, Bernie Mac had found his calling: making others laugh. Now this amazing comedian delves deep inside to tell the poignant story of his childhood and the people who helped shape him into the comedian - and the strong and self-reliant man - he is today.

When Bernie was just sixteen, he lost his beloved mother to breast cancer. As he was growing up, she was a tough but loving teacher of life lessons and "Mac-isms," which would carry him through many hardships: You have to meet all of the challenges, big and small. Because how you start is how you finish. The loudest, clearest voice needs to be the one inside your own self. These lessons gave him the strength to choose hope over despair and to follow his dream of becoming a comedian.

Bernie recounts his slow rise to stardom, from doing stand-up at a church dinner at age eight to performing in amateur open-mike nights to earning a regular gig at Chicago's Cotton Club, and eventually to entertaining huge audiences onstage and in film and on television.

An inspiring memoir filled with hope-restoring humor, Maybe You Never Cry Again is a powerful testament to how a mother's love makes everything possible.

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Meet the Author

Bernie Mac is the star and cocreator of The Bernie Mac Show. He has appeared in Russell Simmons's Def Comedy Jam, HBO's Midnight Mac, The Original Kings of Comedy, Mo' Money, Moesha, Ocean's Eleven, Head of State, and the upcoming Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and Mr. 3000. He divides his time between Los Angeles and his hometown of Chicago.

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GGeorge-9 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed hearing Bernie read his life story. Hearing his spoken words made his life touch my mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once I picked this book up I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed this rags to riches story and the emmense credit he gives the women in his life for making him the man he is today. I didn't realize the hardships he endured to finally find fame. He and his wife deserve all the success coming to them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bernie¿s life story was funny and the reading is quite interesting. I would highly recommend this story for pleasure because Bernie¿s life exemplifies how in life we should never give up ¿ especially up on our dreams. Good reading for young men!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Bernie Mac and I loved how he put his story together. I did not realize all of the struggles he had to continually make even when his name was known. I, also loved the pictures of him and his family that was placed throughout the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that tells it like it is. He talks about growing up and the importance of being their as a parent. Outstanding.