My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture

My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture

In the vein of New York Times bestsellers Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby, a collection of side-splitting and illuminating essays by the popular stand-up comedian, alum of Chelsea Lately and The Mindy Project, and host of truTV?s Talk Show the Game Show. From a young age, Guy Branum always felt as if he were on the outside In the vein of New York Times bestsellers Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Saman...

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Title:My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture
Author:Guy Branum
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:B075RNFTTW
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture Reviews

  • Amanda
    Jun 26, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

    As someone who's never watched the TV shows Chelsea Lately or The Mindy Project (don't judge me!), Branum wasn't a familiar face or name to me. But his story of his life growing up gay in Yuba City and then his adventures in TV and film did feel very familiar to me. With grace and humo...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    Terrific in ways I hadn't expected. I've read a lot of comedian memoirs. They're all funny and insightful the ways you expect them to be. And so is Guy Branum's book. But what surprised me was how vividly he captured growing up in rural northern California. It's not just that he was...

    I know of Guy from the podcast world and always enjoy his contributions, so picked the audiobook to listen to. It was intelligent, insightful and occasionally funny, but the storytelling dragged and felt repetitive. Maybe it's shallow, but the truth is I was hoping for more career dish...

    I have always been a fan of Guy but this book made me love him even more. I teared up often reading this starting at the just first chapter because I was so inspired by the story behind the title of the book. This book taught me so many things about words, pop culture, and random histo...

    Received from Net Galley in exchange for review. This was, overall, an enjoyable book. At times I felt that Branum didn't tie chapters and sections together as well as he could have and there were definitely a few stances he took that I didn't love, but this was well-written, amusin...

    The first few chapters on Guy's youth were amusing and kind of fun, but there's a lot of bitterness that comes through in later chapters and one essay that's particularly problematic and just put me off entirely. ...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

    I loved this book! Every time I took a reading break, I couldn't wait to get right back into it. It's so funny and smart, even during the parts that are painful and heartbreaking. I laughed out loud and teared up within the first 50 pages; it's an emotional journey for sure. Having gro...

  • Glenn
    Aug 29, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

  • Molly
    Jun 02, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

  • amanda eve
    Jun 23, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

  • Nicole
    Aug 24, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

    As someone who's never watched the TV shows Chelsea Lately or The Mindy Project (don't judge me!), Branum wasn't a familiar face or name to me. But his story of his life growing up gay in Yuba City and then his adventures in TV and film did feel very familiar to me. With grace and humo...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    Terrific in ways I hadn't expected. I've read a lot of comedian memoirs. They're all funny and insightful the ways you expect them to be. And so is Guy Branum's book. But what surprised me was how vividly he captured growing up in rural northern California. It's not just that he was...

    I know of Guy from the podcast world and always enjoy his contributions, so picked the audiobook to listen to. It was intelligent, insightful and occasionally funny, but the storytelling dragged and felt repetitive. Maybe it's shallow, but the truth is I was hoping for more career dish...

    I have always been a fan of Guy but this book made me love him even more. I teared up often reading this starting at the just first chapter because I was so inspired by the story behind the title of the book. This book taught me so many things about words, pop culture, and random histo...

    Received from Net Galley in exchange for review. This was, overall, an enjoyable book. At times I felt that Branum didn't tie chapters and sections together as well as he could have and there were definitely a few stances he took that I didn't love, but this was well-written, amusin...

    The first few chapters on Guy's youth were amusing and kind of fun, but there's a lot of bitterness that comes through in later chapters and one essay that's particularly problematic and just put me off entirely. ...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

    I loved this book! Every time I took a reading break, I couldn't wait to get right back into it. It's so funny and smart, even during the parts that are painful and heartbreaking. I laughed out loud and teared up within the first 50 pages; it's an emotional journey for sure. Having gro...

    Actually, a 4.5. Other than a couple of places where the narrative bogged down (including near the end where he went into WAY too much detail comparing two TV shows about TV shows) I found the book to be humorous, educational, engagingly introspective, explicating, and yet a very good ...

    This book is so good! His mind just boggled my mind so many times. I loved that he talked about the history of Canada, and different movies in the context of his life. He is super media literate, and make a lot of points about gay porn and the "gay voice" that made so much sense to me....

    I stumbled on this by way of Twitter recommendations, of all things, and I'm glad I read it, even though I have nearly zero interest in Chelsea Handler, or any of the other projects with which Branum has been involved. Which proves to be a bit of a problem when discussions about those ...

    Ahhh, this was charming, and basically just like hanging out with Guy and listening to him talk at me (or rather what I imagine that's like - I only have Pop Rocket to go by, but this was so vividly HIM that I could hear his voice in my ears at times). It's very personal - not as di...

  • Nikiverse
    Aug 06, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

  • Manda
    Aug 06, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

    As someone who's never watched the TV shows Chelsea Lately or The Mindy Project (don't judge me!), Branum wasn't a familiar face or name to me. But his story of his life growing up gay in Yuba City and then his adventures in TV and film did feel very familiar to me. With grace and humo...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    Terrific in ways I hadn't expected. I've read a lot of comedian memoirs. They're all funny and insightful the ways you expect them to be. And so is Guy Branum's book. But what surprised me was how vividly he captured growing up in rural northern California. It's not just that he was...

    I know of Guy from the podcast world and always enjoy his contributions, so picked the audiobook to listen to. It was intelligent, insightful and occasionally funny, but the storytelling dragged and felt repetitive. Maybe it's shallow, but the truth is I was hoping for more career dish...

  • Laura
    Apr 16, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

    As someone who's never watched the TV shows Chelsea Lately or The Mindy Project (don't judge me!), Branum wasn't a familiar face or name to me. But his story of his life growing up gay in Yuba City and then his adventures in TV and film did feel very familiar to me. With grace and humo...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    Terrific in ways I hadn't expected. I've read a lot of comedian memoirs. They're all funny and insightful the ways you expect them to be. And so is Guy Branum's book. But what surprised me was how vividly he captured growing up in rural northern California. It's not just that he was...

    I know of Guy from the podcast world and always enjoy his contributions, so picked the audiobook to listen to. It was intelligent, insightful and occasionally funny, but the storytelling dragged and felt repetitive. Maybe it's shallow, but the truth is I was hoping for more career dish...

    I have always been a fan of Guy but this book made me love him even more. I teared up often reading this starting at the just first chapter because I was so inspired by the story behind the title of the book. This book taught me so many things about words, pop culture, and random histo...

    Received from Net Galley in exchange for review. This was, overall, an enjoyable book. At times I felt that Branum didn't tie chapters and sections together as well as he could have and there were definitely a few stances he took that I didn't love, but this was well-written, amusin...

  • Erin Cataldi
    Jul 05, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

  • Ulysses Dietz
    Sep 03, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

  • Larry H
    Aug 03, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

  • Adam Sockel
    Aug 28, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

  • Jennifer
    Apr 11, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

    As someone who's never watched the TV shows Chelsea Lately or The Mindy Project (don't judge me!), Branum wasn't a familiar face or name to me. But his story of his life growing up gay in Yuba City and then his adventures in TV and film did feel very familiar to me. With grace and humo...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    Terrific in ways I hadn't expected. I've read a lot of comedian memoirs. They're all funny and insightful the ways you expect them to be. And so is Guy Branum's book. But what surprised me was how vividly he captured growing up in rural northern California. It's not just that he was...

    I know of Guy from the podcast world and always enjoy his contributions, so picked the audiobook to listen to. It was intelligent, insightful and occasionally funny, but the storytelling dragged and felt repetitive. Maybe it's shallow, but the truth is I was hoping for more career dish...

    I have always been a fan of Guy but this book made me love him even more. I teared up often reading this starting at the just first chapter because I was so inspired by the story behind the title of the book. This book taught me so many things about words, pop culture, and random histo...

    Received from Net Galley in exchange for review. This was, overall, an enjoyable book. At times I felt that Branum didn't tie chapters and sections together as well as he could have and there were definitely a few stances he took that I didn't love, but this was well-written, amusin...

    The first few chapters on Guy's youth were amusing and kind of fun, but there's a lot of bitterness that comes through in later chapters and one essay that's particularly problematic and just put me off entirely. ...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

  • Jane
    Aug 09, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

    As someone who's never watched the TV shows Chelsea Lately or The Mindy Project (don't judge me!), Branum wasn't a familiar face or name to me. But his story of his life growing up gay in Yuba City and then his adventures in TV and film did feel very familiar to me. With grace and humo...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    Terrific in ways I hadn't expected. I've read a lot of comedian memoirs. They're all funny and insightful the ways you expect them to be. And so is Guy Branum's book. But what surprised me was how vividly he captured growing up in rural northern California. It's not just that he was...

    I know of Guy from the podcast world and always enjoy his contributions, so picked the audiobook to listen to. It was intelligent, insightful and occasionally funny, but the storytelling dragged and felt repetitive. Maybe it's shallow, but the truth is I was hoping for more career dish...

    I have always been a fan of Guy but this book made me love him even more. I teared up often reading this starting at the just first chapter because I was so inspired by the story behind the title of the book. This book taught me so many things about words, pop culture, and random histo...

    Received from Net Galley in exchange for review. This was, overall, an enjoyable book. At times I felt that Branum didn't tie chapters and sections together as well as he could have and there were definitely a few stances he took that I didn't love, but this was well-written, amusin...

    The first few chapters on Guy's youth were amusing and kind of fun, but there's a lot of bitterness that comes through in later chapters and one essay that's particularly problematic and just put me off entirely. ...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

  • John Amory
    May 30, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

    As someone who's never watched the TV shows Chelsea Lately or The Mindy Project (don't judge me!), Branum wasn't a familiar face or name to me. But his story of his life growing up gay in Yuba City and then his adventures in TV and film did feel very familiar to me. With grace and humo...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    Terrific in ways I hadn't expected. I've read a lot of comedian memoirs. They're all funny and insightful the ways you expect them to be. And so is Guy Branum's book. But what surprised me was how vividly he captured growing up in rural northern California. It's not just that he was...

    I know of Guy from the podcast world and always enjoy his contributions, so picked the audiobook to listen to. It was intelligent, insightful and occasionally funny, but the storytelling dragged and felt repetitive. Maybe it's shallow, but the truth is I was hoping for more career dish...

    I have always been a fan of Guy but this book made me love him even more. I teared up often reading this starting at the just first chapter because I was so inspired by the story behind the title of the book. This book taught me so many things about words, pop culture, and random histo...

    Received from Net Galley in exchange for review. This was, overall, an enjoyable book. At times I felt that Branum didn't tie chapters and sections together as well as he could have and there were definitely a few stances he took that I didn't love, but this was well-written, amusin...

    The first few chapters on Guy's youth were amusing and kind of fun, but there's a lot of bitterness that comes through in later chapters and one essay that's particularly problematic and just put me off entirely. ...

  • Mitchell Sigmund
    Aug 08, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

    As someone who's never watched the TV shows Chelsea Lately or The Mindy Project (don't judge me!), Branum wasn't a familiar face or name to me. But his story of his life growing up gay in Yuba City and then his adventures in TV and film did feel very familiar to me. With grace and humo...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    Terrific in ways I hadn't expected. I've read a lot of comedian memoirs. They're all funny and insightful the ways you expect them to be. And so is Guy Branum's book. But what surprised me was how vividly he captured growing up in rural northern California. It's not just that he was...

    I know of Guy from the podcast world and always enjoy his contributions, so picked the audiobook to listen to. It was intelligent, insightful and occasionally funny, but the storytelling dragged and felt repetitive. Maybe it's shallow, but the truth is I was hoping for more career dish...

    I have always been a fan of Guy but this book made me love him even more. I teared up often reading this starting at the just first chapter because I was so inspired by the story behind the title of the book. This book taught me so many things about words, pop culture, and random histo...

    Received from Net Galley in exchange for review. This was, overall, an enjoyable book. At times I felt that Branum didn't tie chapters and sections together as well as he could have and there were definitely a few stances he took that I didn't love, but this was well-written, amusin...

    The first few chapters on Guy's youth were amusing and kind of fun, but there's a lot of bitterness that comes through in later chapters and one essay that's particularly problematic and just put me off entirely. ...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

    I loved this book! Every time I took a reading break, I couldn't wait to get right back into it. It's so funny and smart, even during the parts that are painful and heartbreaking. I laughed out loud and teared up within the first 50 pages; it's an emotional journey for sure. Having gro...

    Actually, a 4.5. Other than a couple of places where the narrative bogged down (including near the end where he went into WAY too much detail comparing two TV shows about TV shows) I found the book to be humorous, educational, engagingly introspective, explicating, and yet a very good ...

    This book is so good! His mind just boggled my mind so many times. I loved that he talked about the history of Canada, and different movies in the context of his life. He is super media literate, and make a lot of points about gay porn and the "gay voice" that made so much sense to me....

    I stumbled on this by way of Twitter recommendations, of all things, and I'm glad I read it, even though I have nearly zero interest in Chelsea Handler, or any of the other projects with which Branum has been involved. Which proves to be a bit of a problem when discussions about those ...

    Ahhh, this was charming, and basically just like hanging out with Guy and listening to him talk at me (or rather what I imagine that's like - I only have Pop Rocket to go by, but this was so vividly HIM that I could hear his voice in my ears at times). It's very personal - not as di...

    This was sent to me as a birthday gift. I was able to read it in one day even though I wanted to spread it out to last at least a week. I have been a fan of Guy for a while now and I'm happy to say he writes with the same biting and knowledgable wit that made me fall in love with his c...

  • Tim Mclaughlin
    Aug 14, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    Jul 21, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

  • Daniel
    Aug 22, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

    As someone who's never watched the TV shows Chelsea Lately or The Mindy Project (don't judge me!), Branum wasn't a familiar face or name to me. But his story of his life growing up gay in Yuba City and then his adventures in TV and film did feel very familiar to me. With grace and humo...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    Terrific in ways I hadn't expected. I've read a lot of comedian memoirs. They're all funny and insightful the ways you expect them to be. And so is Guy Branum's book. But what surprised me was how vividly he captured growing up in rural northern California. It's not just that he was...

    I know of Guy from the podcast world and always enjoy his contributions, so picked the audiobook to listen to. It was intelligent, insightful and occasionally funny, but the storytelling dragged and felt repetitive. Maybe it's shallow, but the truth is I was hoping for more career dish...

    I have always been a fan of Guy but this book made me love him even more. I teared up often reading this starting at the just first chapter because I was so inspired by the story behind the title of the book. This book taught me so many things about words, pop culture, and random histo...

    Received from Net Galley in exchange for review. This was, overall, an enjoyable book. At times I felt that Branum didn't tie chapters and sections together as well as he could have and there were definitely a few stances he took that I didn't love, but this was well-written, amusin...

    The first few chapters on Guy's youth were amusing and kind of fun, but there's a lot of bitterness that comes through in later chapters and one essay that's particularly problematic and just put me off entirely. ...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

    I loved this book! Every time I took a reading break, I couldn't wait to get right back into it. It's so funny and smart, even during the parts that are painful and heartbreaking. I laughed out loud and teared up within the first 50 pages; it's an emotional journey for sure. Having gro...

    Actually, a 4.5. Other than a couple of places where the narrative bogged down (including near the end where he went into WAY too much detail comparing two TV shows about TV shows) I found the book to be humorous, educational, engagingly introspective, explicating, and yet a very good ...

    This book is so good! His mind just boggled my mind so many times. I loved that he talked about the history of Canada, and different movies in the context of his life. He is super media literate, and make a lot of points about gay porn and the "gay voice" that made so much sense to me....

    I stumbled on this by way of Twitter recommendations, of all things, and I'm glad I read it, even though I have nearly zero interest in Chelsea Handler, or any of the other projects with which Branum has been involved. Which proves to be a bit of a problem when discussions about those ...

  • Richard Parent
    Sep 02, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

    As someone who's never watched the TV shows Chelsea Lately or The Mindy Project (don't judge me!), Branum wasn't a familiar face or name to me. But his story of his life growing up gay in Yuba City and then his adventures in TV and film did feel very familiar to me. With grace and humo...

  • Larry Hostetler
    Aug 13, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

    As someone who's never watched the TV shows Chelsea Lately or The Mindy Project (don't judge me!), Branum wasn't a familiar face or name to me. But his story of his life growing up gay in Yuba City and then his adventures in TV and film did feel very familiar to me. With grace and humo...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    Terrific in ways I hadn't expected. I've read a lot of comedian memoirs. They're all funny and insightful the ways you expect them to be. And so is Guy Branum's book. But what surprised me was how vividly he captured growing up in rural northern California. It's not just that he was...

    I know of Guy from the podcast world and always enjoy his contributions, so picked the audiobook to listen to. It was intelligent, insightful and occasionally funny, but the storytelling dragged and felt repetitive. Maybe it's shallow, but the truth is I was hoping for more career dish...

    I have always been a fan of Guy but this book made me love him even more. I teared up often reading this starting at the just first chapter because I was so inspired by the story behind the title of the book. This book taught me so many things about words, pop culture, and random histo...

    Received from Net Galley in exchange for review. This was, overall, an enjoyable book. At times I felt that Branum didn't tie chapters and sections together as well as he could have and there were definitely a few stances he took that I didn't love, but this was well-written, amusin...

    The first few chapters on Guy's youth were amusing and kind of fun, but there's a lot of bitterness that comes through in later chapters and one essay that's particularly problematic and just put me off entirely. ...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

    I loved this book! Every time I took a reading break, I couldn't wait to get right back into it. It's so funny and smart, even during the parts that are painful and heartbreaking. I laughed out loud and teared up within the first 50 pages; it's an emotional journey for sure. Having gro...

    Actually, a 4.5. Other than a couple of places where the narrative bogged down (including near the end where he went into WAY too much detail comparing two TV shows about TV shows) I found the book to be humorous, educational, engagingly introspective, explicating, and yet a very good ...

  • Erin
    Sep 01, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

  • Taurie
    Jun 30, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

  • Allison
    Aug 13, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

    As someone who's never watched the TV shows Chelsea Lately or The Mindy Project (don't judge me!), Branum wasn't a familiar face or name to me. But his story of his life growing up gay in Yuba City and then his adventures in TV and film did feel very familiar to me. With grace and humo...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    Terrific in ways I hadn't expected. I've read a lot of comedian memoirs. They're all funny and insightful the ways you expect them to be. And so is Guy Branum's book. But what surprised me was how vividly he captured growing up in rural northern California. It's not just that he was...

    I know of Guy from the podcast world and always enjoy his contributions, so picked the audiobook to listen to. It was intelligent, insightful and occasionally funny, but the storytelling dragged and felt repetitive. Maybe it's shallow, but the truth is I was hoping for more career dish...

    I have always been a fan of Guy but this book made me love him even more. I teared up often reading this starting at the just first chapter because I was so inspired by the story behind the title of the book. This book taught me so many things about words, pop culture, and random histo...

  • thebakedbook
    Aug 07, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

    As someone who's never watched the TV shows Chelsea Lately or The Mindy Project (don't judge me!), Branum wasn't a familiar face or name to me. But his story of his life growing up gay in Yuba City and then his adventures in TV and film did feel very familiar to me. With grace and humo...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    Terrific in ways I hadn't expected. I've read a lot of comedian memoirs. They're all funny and insightful the ways you expect them to be. And so is Guy Branum's book. But what surprised me was how vividly he captured growing up in rural northern California. It's not just that he was...

    I know of Guy from the podcast world and always enjoy his contributions, so picked the audiobook to listen to. It was intelligent, insightful and occasionally funny, but the storytelling dragged and felt repetitive. Maybe it's shallow, but the truth is I was hoping for more career dish...

    I have always been a fan of Guy but this book made me love him even more. I teared up often reading this starting at the just first chapter because I was so inspired by the story behind the title of the book. This book taught me so many things about words, pop culture, and random histo...

    Received from Net Galley in exchange for review. This was, overall, an enjoyable book. At times I felt that Branum didn't tie chapters and sections together as well as he could have and there were definitely a few stances he took that I didn't love, but this was well-written, amusin...

    The first few chapters on Guy's youth were amusing and kind of fun, but there's a lot of bitterness that comes through in later chapters and one essay that's particularly problematic and just put me off entirely. ...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

    I loved this book! Every time I took a reading break, I couldn't wait to get right back into it. It's so funny and smart, even during the parts that are painful and heartbreaking. I laughed out loud and teared up within the first 50 pages; it's an emotional journey for sure. Having gro...

    Actually, a 4.5. Other than a couple of places where the narrative bogged down (including near the end where he went into WAY too much detail comparing two TV shows about TV shows) I found the book to be humorous, educational, engagingly introspective, explicating, and yet a very good ...

    This book is so good! His mind just boggled my mind so many times. I loved that he talked about the history of Canada, and different movies in the context of his life. He is super media literate, and make a lot of points about gay porn and the "gay voice" that made so much sense to me....

  • LeAnn Locher
    Aug 31, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

  • Cameron
    Aug 09, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

    As someone who's never watched the TV shows Chelsea Lately or The Mindy Project (don't judge me!), Branum wasn't a familiar face or name to me. But his story of his life growing up gay in Yuba City and then his adventures in TV and film did feel very familiar to me. With grace and humo...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

  • John Newton
    Sep 07, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

    As someone who's never watched the TV shows Chelsea Lately or The Mindy Project (don't judge me!), Branum wasn't a familiar face or name to me. But his story of his life growing up gay in Yuba City and then his adventures in TV and film did feel very familiar to me. With grace and humo...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    Terrific in ways I hadn't expected. I've read a lot of comedian memoirs. They're all funny and insightful the ways you expect them to be. And so is Guy Branum's book. But what surprised me was how vividly he captured growing up in rural northern California. It's not just that he was...

    I know of Guy from the podcast world and always enjoy his contributions, so picked the audiobook to listen to. It was intelligent, insightful and occasionally funny, but the storytelling dragged and felt repetitive. Maybe it's shallow, but the truth is I was hoping for more career dish...

    I have always been a fan of Guy but this book made me love him even more. I teared up often reading this starting at the just first chapter because I was so inspired by the story behind the title of the book. This book taught me so many things about words, pop culture, and random histo...

    Received from Net Galley in exchange for review. This was, overall, an enjoyable book. At times I felt that Branum didn't tie chapters and sections together as well as he could have and there were definitely a few stances he took that I didn't love, but this was well-written, amusin...

    The first few chapters on Guy's youth were amusing and kind of fun, but there's a lot of bitterness that comes through in later chapters and one essay that's particularly problematic and just put me off entirely. ...

    I got this as an ARC from NetGalley. Guy's a great writer and I appreciated his candor, humor, and all the random bits of historical and cultural knowledge sprinkled throughout. ...

    Within five minutes of Guy Branum's book, I was hooked. I mean, it's pretty obvious the cover is amazing and captivating, with a shirtless Guy cheekily clutching flowers wearing a Mona Lisa smile. It's clear from the get-go, this man has something unique. My knowledge of him was pretty...

    I loved this book! Every time I took a reading break, I couldn't wait to get right back into it. It's so funny and smart, even during the parts that are painful and heartbreaking. I laughed out loud and teared up within the first 50 pages; it's an emotional journey for sure. Having gro...

    Actually, a 4.5. Other than a couple of places where the narrative bogged down (including near the end where he went into WAY too much detail comparing two TV shows about TV shows) I found the book to be humorous, educational, engagingly introspective, explicating, and yet a very good ...

    This book is so good! His mind just boggled my mind so many times. I loved that he talked about the history of Canada, and different movies in the context of his life. He is super media literate, and make a lot of points about gay porn and the "gay voice" that made so much sense to me....

    I stumbled on this by way of Twitter recommendations, of all things, and I'm glad I read it, even though I have nearly zero interest in Chelsea Handler, or any of the other projects with which Branum has been involved. Which proves to be a bit of a problem when discussions about those ...

    Ahhh, this was charming, and basically just like hanging out with Guy and listening to him talk at me (or rather what I imagine that's like - I only have Pop Rocket to go by, but this was so vividly HIM that I could hear his voice in my ears at times). It's very personal - not as di...

    This was sent to me as a birthday gift. I was able to read it in one day even though I wanted to spread it out to last at least a week. I have been a fan of Guy for a while now and I'm happy to say he writes with the same biting and knowledgable wit that made me fall in love with his c...

    Parts of this were wonderful?when Branum describes his childhood and years of early struggle, it's engrossing. He conveys what life was like for him as a young, gay nerd in rural California, who then finds his path in life at Berkeley and law school in Minnesota (and then realizing h...

  • John August
    Aug 30, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

    As someone who's never watched the TV shows Chelsea Lately or The Mindy Project (don't judge me!), Branum wasn't a familiar face or name to me. But his story of his life growing up gay in Yuba City and then his adventures in TV and film did feel very familiar to me. With grace and humo...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...

    Terrific in ways I hadn't expected. I've read a lot of comedian memoirs. They're all funny and insightful the ways you expect them to be. And so is Guy Branum's book. But what surprised me was how vividly he captured growing up in rural northern California. It's not just that he was...

  • Matthew Faulkner
    Aug 20, 2018

    4.5 stars. "We talk about nature and nurture when analyzing a person's character. We see two ways that an identity is formed. One is biological, the mean of parents' traits passed down genetically. The other is environmental: How did the world around this person guide and encourage ...

    I have an addiction to celebrity memoirs, especially those of comedians. I've read and/or listened to dozens of them, and though I'd never heard of Guy Branum, the cover and his work credits made me interested. To be honest, I expected something... funny. All of the comedian memoir...

    My Life as a Goddess (A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture) By Guy Branum Published by Atria (division of Simon & Schuster), 2018 Five stars Guy Branum?s brilliant memoir is essentially J.D. Vance?s overly-praised ?Hillbilly Elegy? as written by a funny gay man. I sur...

    I will admit, I had no idea who Guy was before I read this book, not even an iota. After reading this though, I am in awe that I somehow completely overlooked his whole career. He's so funny! How did our paths never cross? Part memoir, part humor, part history and pop culture lesson; t...

    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bits are laugh out loud funny, but over all it feels flat. Mr Branum is obviously quite smart and witty but I was hoping fore more in the vein of David Sedaris and less in the vein of a literary journal. ...

    I didn't know anything about Guy Branum previously, but now I am a huge fan. Branum is a stand-up comedian/actor/writer/lawyer/all-around talented fella. He is also gay, very tall, and very large. And he's very, very good at trivia and quiz bowls. (You will be better at both those thin...

    I got this book as a goodreads giveaway not knowing anything about Guy Branum. I was looking forward to a funny memoir, but this book was mostly Guy describing tv shows and movies. I don?t feel like I learned many things about him and I certainly didn?t laugh. ...

    This was a lovely read. I'm mostly familiar with Guy from his podcast, Pop Rocket, and I loved his thorough analysis of multiple topics in this book. Guy is incredibly funny, but he also manages to convey incredible pain and general cultural analysis. Many parts of this book aren't ...

    There are countless celebrity memoirs in the world and almost as many where people tell their story about coming out but few are as insightful and powerful as Guy's. He manages to tell his side of the story while also thoroughly breaking down the aspects of his story beyond himself. He...

    This is one of the best memoirs I?ve ever read. I wish I could go back in time and give it to myself when I was 15. Guy is hilarious, obviously, but he also has some of the most insightful analysis of issues affecting gay men. His writing is super intelligent, but also super approach...

    I initially picked this book because I remember Guy as one of the panelists on Chelsea Lately. But this isn't a normal comedian memoir. Guy grew up in the turdish part of California where he did not fit in. But he was a voracious reader and media consumer. And he eventually went to law...

    The audio quality of this book is pretty bad: Guy fluctuates from yelling to quietly talking, and each chapter segues with horrible music. WHY PUT MUSIC IN AN AUDIO BOOK?! But then there's the content....I'm a fan of Samantha Irby, and the description of this book being in the same vei...

    A blisteringly witty, incredibly insightful memoir. I'm a fan of celeb memoirs, and this is definitely high on my list. ...

    As someone who's never watched the TV shows Chelsea Lately or The Mindy Project (don't judge me!), Branum wasn't a familiar face or name to me. But his story of his life growing up gay in Yuba City and then his adventures in TV and film did feel very familiar to me. With grace and humo...

    It was smart to include the subtitle of this book, "A Memoir through (Un) Popular Culture." This is by-and-large a book of cultural critiques and to some degree, straight-up descriptions of plots of movies and TV shows. Many of the cultural references from his childhood are admittedly ...

    I hate critiquing memoirs. Who am I to judge someone else?s life and experience? This book was difficult to slug through. 50% of this book was fascinating and I could deeply relate to. There were lines from the book I wanted to share with friends and family and be like, wow, this...