American on Purpose

American on Purpose

The Improbable Adventures of An Unlikely Patriot

Book - 2009 | First edition.
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In his memoir American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson, host of The Late, Late Show, traces his journey from working-class Glasgow to the comedic limelight of Hollywood and American citizenship. Moving and achingly funny, American on Purpose moves from Ferguson's early life as an alcoholic to his stint on The Drew Carey Show to his decision to become a U.S. citizen in its unique and honest look at his version of the American dream.
Publisher: New York : Harper, [2009]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780061719547
Branch Call Number: 927.9145 FER
Characteristics: xiv, 268 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations, portraits, plates ;,24 cm

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WesClark69
Apr 19, 2017

freaking amazing

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kay_g_93
Jan 09, 2015

A delightful read. Of course, I was already a Craig Ferguson fan, but only knew him from the Late, Late Show...which he discusses in the final two chapters. The rest of the book is his honest reflection on his life and the many things he got involved in (drugs, punk bands, comedy, to name a few) before settling behind the desk of his show.

multcolib_central Jul 10, 2014

The candid and literate memoir of one of late-night TV's funniest characters.
Laugh with Ferguson at his attempt to be a modern dancer, cry with him at his attempt at suicide. You will not find a bad review of this book in existence. It's Great!

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kathysierra
Aug 02, 2013

Very sad but yet very entertaining. Also that there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

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ayub
May 31, 2013

a very good book and an interesting insight into the mind of an addict I recently became a fan of his and this book gave me a lot of respect for him

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nelliot
Apr 06, 2013

Surprisingly entertaining and poignant.

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Magnifico1969
Aug 16, 2012

A good book by the Scotsman turned American on his childhood and his addictions, and his music days and his start in the stand-up comedy, turned actor, turned late-night TV host.
In the end, he decided to become an American the right way. He studied and took the test and was sworn in! Too bad more people don't do this.
As he says, "My heart is Scottish, but my soul is American! " Bravo.

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BanditBanjo
Jun 14, 2012

Don't usually read these kinds of books but had to read this one. Loved it! Gives me a deeper respect and interest in one of my favorite comedians and late show hosts.

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pika7777
May 17, 2012

Compelling, witty, and funny. You get an all access pass to the mind of one of the best talk show host on TV. Craig is a great writer as each chapter conveys clearly his state of mind at that moment in time. A must read, especially for his Late Late Show fans.

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Danay
Oct 29, 2011

Phenomenal. One of my favorite books ever. Craig Ferguson is not only hilarious, witty, and smart, but he is also one damn good writer. Thank God the drugs didn't get him, we got him instead. Great talent is too often wasted.
Oh, and if you haven't seen the Late Late Show, I suggest you check it out. It's worth it.

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