- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (12 April 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476770271
- ISBN-13: 978-1476770277
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.3 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,82,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
I Know What I'm Doing -- and Other Lies I Tell Myself: Dispatches from a Life Under Construction Hardcover – 12 Apr 2016
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“[Kirkman’s] act has the feel of that wonderful moment at the end of a party when you are left alone to gossip with your best friend about the horrible and ridiculous things that just went on. Both on social media and onstage, however, Ms. Kirkman comes across as a happy warrior, a polemicist unafraid to show her silly side… Her jokes argue for the fun of being single, but it’s the way she tells them that prove it.” (Jason Zinoman, The New York Times, on Kirkman’s Netflix special, I’m Gonna Die Alone)
"This book is full of hilarious, candid, and sometimes gut-wrenching stories. There wasn't a single moment that I wasn't completely invested in what happened next. She peels back the curtain and reveals every emotion we all have to go through in life, but with such grace that you almost want to apologize for laughing so much—until you realize that's exactly what she wants you to do." (Sarah Colonna, bestselling author of Life As I Blow It and Has Anyone Seen My Pants?)
“Often when I read a book, I nod because I can relate. But when Jen Kirkman, shares her stories, I can relate AND feel empowered.” (Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show)
“Jen Kirkman is a pragmatist. Let her help you clear your head—‘ease in’ rather than ‘lean in.’ Life is too short not to listen to her—and she’s right about everything, except the Congressional ban on pennies.” (Janeane Garofalo, author of Feel this Book)
“Jen has a unique and essential point of view in comedy. This book is hilarious and emotionally profound. Simply magnificent.” (Margaret Cho, author of I’m the One That I Want)
“This sharply witty memoir from the comic insightfully examines divorce and dating. A-.”
About the Author
Jen Kirkman is a world-touring stand-up comedian and the author of the New York Times bestseller I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales of a Happy Life Without Kids and I Know What I’m Doing—And Other Lies I Tell Myself: Dispatches from a Life Under Construction. Her Netflix original comedy special I'm Gonna Die Alone and I Feel Fine streams worldwide, and she has released two comedy albums, Self Help and Hail to the Freaks (which hit #13 on the Billboard charts). She was a longtime writer and panelist on the E! Network’s Chelsea Lately and the narrator of many episodes in the award-winning TV show Drunk History on Comedy Central.See all Product description
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The writing in this book is just what you’d expect if you’re familiar at all with Kirkman’s work. She has a gift for storytelling that makes you feel like you’re listening to a friend who called you up to tell you about some screwed up thing that happened to them. You’re invested, you’re laughing, and you’re thankful it didn’t happen to you.
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