Standing Up: A Memoir of a Funny (Not Always) Life

Standing Up: A Memoir of a Funny (Not Always) Life

by Marion Grodin


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Standing Up: A Memoir of a Funny (Not Always) Life by Marion Grodin

Marion Grodin, daughter of funnyman Charles Grodin, knows firsthand that laughter is truly the best medicine, having not only survived breast cancer and divorce, but also, various addictions-including an inappropriate relationship with Haagen Dazs.

Her hilarious riffs include; the story of growing large breasts that appeared seemingly overnight (Unfortunately this happened during the summer that she spent on the set of King Kong with her father and Jeff Bridges on whom she developed a huge crush); Her post divorce life, its slight weight gain and how she relied on her wise support group, her cats "BabyFighter" Edmond and "fashionably sporty, forensic expert" Snuggles.

In this cleverly written memoir Marion integrates her diverse and challenging life experiences and unstoppable ability to make everything funny in a way that is both entertaining and helpful. She hopes that her book will send a message to those who feel they are misfits and to those locked in addiction: there is a way out - and life can be very good when you kick the habit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455510139
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Marion Grodin started her career as a staff writer for two network sitcoms and was later hired by 20th Century, to whom she sold six screen plays. Just as she was about to embark on her seventh, she decided it was time to start saying all these funny things she was trying to write. So she took the plunge into stand-up and has been working as a comedian for the past 15 years.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not much of a leisure reader, given most of my time is on my computer at work reading emails and business related documents, but Marion's book changed all of that. I know Marion as a talented stand-up comedian whose gift is mastering the art of improvisation. Perhaps that is why she is such a brilliant writer. Marion's book is an emotive memoir that captures her life story and brings out every emotional attribute you have experienced during your lifetime. What is most amazing about the book is that I found myself feeling like I was actually there, in the story line; and each time I turned the page, I couldn't wait to see what would happen next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captivated from page 1! Hilarious, Moving, Raw & Honest. I haven't been able to put this book down. Marion Grodin pulls you in with her writing, making you feel as if you are a part of the journey. This book is a must have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I was pulled in from the beginning.  It was a really honest, funny book that I could not, would not, put down until I finished. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I grew up on Long Island in the 70s a knew poor little screwed up rich girls like this. They were nothing but boring, like the one in this book. For people that didn't experience the drug culture in the 60-70s this is what it was like if you're daddy had money to waste on school and European vacations. Most of these girls graduated to finding a rich husband and are now aged fat housewife's making their husbands miserable if they haven't been dumped for a newer model.