Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster

Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster

by Kristen Johnston

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ISBN-13: 9781451635065
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 01/22/2013
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 194,037
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Kristen Johnston is an actress, a teacher, and now a celebrated writer. She is one of the founding executive directors of SLAM, and she splits her time between New York City and Los Angeles.

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  • Table of Contents

    Foreword xv

    Introduction 1

    1 I See Nothing, I Hear Nothing 13

    2 The Freak Has Landed 31

    3 Anyone but Me 59

    4 Ye Olde Elvis Catnap 81

    5 The English Patient 105

    6 Dying Is Easy, Living Is Hard 117

    7 Blink 135

    8 I Think We're Alone Now 145

    9 The Suffolk Strangler 169

    10 The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come 187

    11 Papillon 207

    12 Pretty Ugly 219

    13 Welcome to the Planet of the Apes 239

    Epilogue 251

    Thanks ... 267

    Photo Descriptions 274

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    Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Kristen's writing is not only funny, she has a way of making you feel everything she's gone through. I felt like I was there. I loved this book and hope she writes more. She's hysterical and painfully honest.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I have absolutely no idea how I came across this book. I usually dont even read memoirs. But by some weird twist of fate, I noticed this book and decided to buy it.... And it was the most inspirational book Ive read in the last few years.....and I read A LOT! Kristen Johnston is a hilarious writer, so the book reads more like a really good story than the common celebrity biography type books. But what really got to me was how seriously honest it was and personal, and revealing, and surprising. I was both laughing and breaking a sweat simultaneously, because there are parts that are so open and honest that Im not used to hearing people talk about them. But she kept it funny as well. I love the way she writes because I rarely ever come across something that is both serious and hilarious at the exact same time....and motivational/inspirational. Im probably making a mess out if this review, because I cant properly explain how much I loved this book. So to sum it up Ill just say: READ IT! Its good! And to Kristen Johnston, if you ever browse the B&N reviews: Thank you! :)
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I aboslutely LOVE Kristen Johnston. This book made me laugh out loud and feel horrified and sad for her at the same. The book made me want to be her friend. I tweeted her when i finished the book to tell her just how much i loved it. She actually replied. If you have ever been addicted to something or if you just appreciate some good laughs get this book. You will NOT regret it.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Thank you Kristen for writing this. It's not just another book about celebrity addiction, it's real and honest to the (funny) bone and I think it should be required reading in High Schools. We are all freaks trying to escape on our own coconut boat and it's all good.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Kristen is open and brutally honest about her substance abuse dependency and how it ruined her health and career. Her experience is written with the sense of humor and absolutely no BS, she tells it like it happened. I hope Kristen finds the daily strength she needs to maintain her life as it is now, and hope that she realizes that anyone who reads her book will be looking forward to another publication from her in the future.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Read it in one day So fantastic
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I enjoyed reading this book only because the author was so brutally funny and open about her addiction and rehab. You have to read the book if you want or need a laugh. Warning: she uses vulgar language so if this bothers you, then do not buy this book.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Great read. She doesnt sugarcoat things, yet still hilarious
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I lived this book you can tell it was written by her. Iy tellsher storyof addiction but at the same time is so funny.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I don't really read books. I have to read a few for school and such and just can't get through them. I try and read classics and celebrity reads too but I get bored easily. Now this book, I just couldn't put it down. I sometimes struggle with some of the issues discussed in this book and felt it so relate-able. Kristen is an amazing story teller and you will not be able to put the book down. It is sad and funny and just shocking. All I can say is, read it. I don't read much but I am so glad I finished this. Amazing amazing amazing. Must read!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Brilliant, heartbreaking, honest, hilarious. If you've ever loved and had you heart repeatedly broken by an addict, you will not be able to put this book down. It was as if she was quoting from my journal at times. An amazing voice; I hope she writes more!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Good fast read
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Raw, honest, humorous, & courageous This book is honest, funny, and shows what addiction can really do. Everyone who reads this should be able to identify with some part of it. We are all flawed in some way; we all have our own vices to help us deal with whatever is going on in our lives. If we all took down the façade that everything is perfectly ok and be real about what is going on, be real about the challenges we have overcome, and be truly authentic that would be so amazing and powerful. I love Kristen’s honesty in this book. It is an inspiring to see someone be that bold and honest about what really happened. It’s beautiful when people are 100% true, honest, and real. I have been blessed to have been sober going on a little over 2 years. I used to be ashamed that I am an alcoholic. I wanted to be normal! Seriously, who is normal and who defines what is and who is? I refuse to let what other people may be thinking/their preconceived ideas about addiction stop me from being proud of my recovery and sharing my story. I know a new freedom and serenity today that I have never felt. Life still happens and things still go on, but I can accept them today and not hide behind drugs and alcohol. I was a functioning alcoholic and I masked how unhappy I was when I was around others. It was exhausting just trying to keep up the picture that everything was great and life was wonderful. I didn’t embrace recovery at first, but life is so much better today than what it used to be like. It’s sad to know that people can be so ashamed and afraid of what other people will think that they continue going through life battling addiction, but sadly not all make it. Addiction not only impacts the addict, but also family and friends. Addiction comes in many forms, but we seem to place them on levels of semi bad to horrible. Addiction is addiction. It’s heart breaking hearing about the ones who lose their fight with addiction. Brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, etc. LisaMarie
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book was excellent! I can not express how much I insist on this being a must-read for anyone who has or is close to someone who struggles with a substance abuse problem.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I couldn't put this down. She is raw and painfully honest about her journey to a level that is awe-inspiring. This book is also laugh-out-loud funny. Her account is a testament to the power of recovery - for both the addict and anyone in their circles and beyond. I LOVED it - and will re-read it!
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    Great detailed story of adductuin
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    I am the kind of person that doesnt like alot of books, but I really enjoyed this book. I wish it was a series because I would read all of them. A must read book in my opinion.
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    Loved it!  Read about 90% of it the first time I opened it.  I'm 15 months into recovery myself. Im always looking for inspiration or motivation for strength and growth, and "GUTS" delivered both!  
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    The best book on addiction I have ever read. Helped me understand addiction is a disease and that their are reasons why people are addicts. On behalf of my daugher and myself Thank You for sharing your story and for the powers that be thank you for allow her to live to share her story and to help others.