New York Times best-selling author and stand-up comedian Michael Ian Black delivers a frank and funny memoir about confronting his genetic legacy as he hits his 40s.
Whether it's family history, religion, aging, or his parents, Michael Ian Black always has something to say in the dry, irreverent voice that has captured a fan base of millions. When a medical diagnosis forces him to realize he's not getting any younger, he reexamines his life as a middle-aged guy - of course, in the deadpan wit and self-deprecating vignettes that have become trademarks of his humor.
The alt-comedy take on getting older, Navel Gazing is a funny-because-it's-true memoir about looking around when you're 40 and realizing that life is about more than receding hairlines and proving one's manliness on Twitter - it's about laughing at yourself.
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Man Turns 40, World Ends
That's an excellent question to ask someone who has read the print version.
There are so many, but I really enjoyed the chapter describing the half-marathon. Especially the last sentence. Amen.
So much. His delivery, his sincerity, his humor. I'm sure it's all there in print but hearing him read allows his intention and timing to really shine.
Yes, and I almost did. Devoured it over two afternoons and wanted more when it was over.
There is so much I can relate to in these stories. Michael Ian Black makes life's true tragedies and the bittersweet melancholy of aging and all its attendant indignities into moments of laugh out loud hilarity without ever being crass or pandering. His self-reflection shows moments of true vulnerability and he owns some of his own insecurities and shortcomings with his humor. Of course it's entirely possible that he's a raging narcissist and is just charming us, but I think he's a really good guy.
A more sincere MIB
First, I love that this was read by Michael Ian Black who gives a great performance.
Uhhh the not that kind of book, but his mom had some solid one-liners
I'm a fan and have listened to everything by him. Navel Gazing is a much more mature read than his previous titles finding just the right balance between you're not doing it right and My custom van
This book is funny with just the right pinch of dark.
- Joshua Valdez