American on Purpose

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American on Purpose

The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

By Craig Ferguson

Harper, Hardcover, 9780061719547, 288pp.

Publication Date: September 22, 2009

Description
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.


Praise For American on Purpose

“A fine writer, witty, reflective, and candid.... Ferguson is a kinetic cutup teeming with foolishness, brilliance, defiance, and heart. All this is captured in his book as an entertaining connect-the-dots journey.”
-Associated Press

“Hilariously vivid.”
-People

“Funny and poignant and inspirational and brilliant. Nowhere in his story of emigration and redemption does Craig Ferguson realize that as lucky as he thinks he is to be ‘American on Purpose,’ we are luckier still to have him.”
-Keith Olbermann

“With American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson somehow manages to avoid the pitfalls of self-indulgence and self-importance that plague most (okay, all) Hollywood autobiographies. He has, instead, written a book that is hilarious and irrepressibly daft, yet also kind, poignant, and undeniably wise. It was a joy to read.”
-Dennis Lehane, author of The Given Day

“A great read . . . almost as good as my memoir.”
-Carrie Fisher, author of Wishful Drinking

“Ferguson has given us a biographical treatment that is both brutally honest and inspirational…American on Purpose is a book that should be read.”
-Chicago Sun-Times

“Hilarious and revealing...witty and emotional.”
-The Daily Beast



NPR
Thursday, Sep 24, 2009

When Craig Ferguson dropped out of high school at age 16, he had no idea what he wanted to do with his life. In his new memoir, American On Purpose, Ferguson chronicles the story of his life, from Glasgow, to big time comedy, to becoming host of CBS's Late Late Show. More at NPR.org

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