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In the span of four months in 2012, Tig Notaro was hospitalized for a debilitating intestinal disease called C. diff, her mother unexpectedly died, she went through a breakup, and then she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. Hit with this devastating barrage, Tig took her grief onstage. Days after receiving her cancer diagnosis, she broke new comedic ground, opening an unvarnished set with the words, "Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you? Hi, how are you? Is everybody having a good time? I have cancer." The set went viral instantly and was ultimately released as Tig's sophomore album, Live, which sold 100,000 units in just six weeks and was later nominated for a Grammy.
Now the wildly popular star takes stock of that no good, very bad year - a difficult yet astonishing period in which tragedy turned into absurdity and despair transformed into joy. An inspired combination of the deadpan silliness of her comedy and the openhearted vulnerability that has emerged in the wake of that dire time, I'm Just a Person is a moving and often hilarious look at this very brave, very funny woman's journey into the darkness and her thrilling return from it.
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By Brian on 06-22-16
An Amazing and Real Story
If you are thinking about reading or listening to this book, I would hope that you know of Tig Notaro. If you don't do yourself a favor and check out her amazing, deep, and real live album: "Live" first.
It's amazing what one person can be forced to endure. Tig's life seemed to be on the normal arc of a stand-up comedian. She was performing, making money from gigs, and touring. She then suffered from one of the worst streaks of health and bad news that you could imagine. Pneumonia, C-DIFF, her mother dying in a freak accident, going through a breakup with her girlfriend, then finding out she had stage 2 invasive breast cancer. Yes, you read all of that right.
Just an upfront warning: this book will make you feel. It might not make you cry (I have no way of knowing what will and won't make people cry) but it did make me sob quietly a few times on my way to or from work.
I knew a lot of this story from different forms: her documentary on Netflix, her live album "Live", and her show on Amazon Prime: One Mississippi. But hearing her tell all of these stories in such detail is an experience I wouldn't trade for the world. I feel like I personally know Tig after listening to this audiobook. I'm so happy that she took the time to tell her story. I know that this book will help others get through dark parts of their life... and it it doesn't they can go to hell.
I'm Just A Person is as real as an audiobook memoir can get. Tig's ability to tell this extremely hard collection of stories make you like her even more than you already did.
Tig, I think that we all have a percentage of life left. You may have a 93 percent chance of life, and I'm glad to hear that you are living it. I hope that others will do the same. Even without knowing this number.
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By tina on 06-18-16
I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. As a fan of Tig Notaro's comedy, I chose this book expecting some laughs along with interesting anecdotes of her life and struggles. I was moved to tears, both sad and happy, so many times listening to Tig tell her story. She writes about dark, frightening, tragic times with such care and honesty. What a fantastic book.
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