When You Need a Lift: But Don't Want to Eat Chocolate, Pay a Shrink, or Drink a Bottle of Ginby Joy Behar
Listen, if you’re feeling down, it’s going to take a lot more to set things right than
Life is full of ups and downs. And while keeping your chin up may hide a double chin, it won’t improve your mood. Looking on the bright side will make you squint, which will lead to crow’s feet, and there is nothing cheerful about crow’s feet.
Listen, if you’re feeling down, it’s going to take a lot more to set things right than insipid platitudes about a cloud with a silver lining. (What is that anyway? Acid rain, or what?) In When You Need a Lift, comedienne Joy Behar and a host of her friends share the simple, silly, profound, and personal things they turn to for comfort when life gets hard.
For Joy, it’s her sense of humor and handbags. Not surprisingly, music legend Burt Bacharach turns to songwriting and performing. Kaye Ballard indulges with a big bowl of pasta. Beau Bridges counts his blessings. Former First Lady Barbara Bush finds solace in the work of Jane Austen. Tony Danza plays the ukulele. Larry King recommends laughter—tell a joke, read a funny book; every time you laugh, a little sadness slips away.
And that’s some advice you can actually use.
From the Hardcover edition.
Surveying over 100 famous friends, Behar, a cohost of ABC's The View, offers their personal strategies for beating the blues. Comfort food is the most proffered solution; exercise and getting into nature are also highly recommended. There seems to be some agreement that when nothing else works, "doing something kind for someone else" is the best solution. Only one person mentions that depression can be a serious illness needing professional help. While this compilation is not bad advice, anyone surveying 100 friends would probably get the same kind of response. Too much of a hybrid to be either good comedy or good self-help, this program, read by Renée Raudman and David Drummond, is recommended as an optional purchase for public libraries serving voracious celebrity watchers; it is not recommended for self-help collections. [Behar is the New York Times best-selling author of Sheetzucacapoopoo and Joy Shtick.-Ed.]
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Meet the Author
Renée Raudman is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator and actor. A multiple Audie Award nominee, she has earned a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards, and her narration of Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper was selected by Library Journal as one of the best audiobooks of 2009.
David Drummond has been narrating audiobooks for a few years now and hopes one of these days to get it right. He much prefers dead authors and live audiences.
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Love this. Smart, funny and so true.