American on Purpose

The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

By Craig Ferguson
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061998492, 288pp.)

Publication Date: May 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Paperback, Audio Cassette, Compact Disc, MP3 CD

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“Craig Ferguson is a great storyteller, whether he's detailing the ups and downs of his Scottish childhood, his longing for America, his wild life as a punk rock drummer, his substance abuse and eventual recovery, or the path to his success on television. Through it all, he is absolutely hilarious.”
-- Carol Schneck, Schuler Books & Music, Okemos, MI


Description

In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark—as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

To numb the pain of failure, Ferguson found comfort in drugs and alcohol, addictions that eventually led to an aborted suicide attempt. (He forgot to do it when someone offered him a glass of sherry.) But his story has a happy ending: success on the hit sitcom The Drew Carey Show, and later as the host of CBS's Late Late Show. By far Ferguson's greatest triumph was his decision to become a U.S. citizen, a milestone he achieved in early 2008.

In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson talks a red, white, and blue streak about everything our Founding Fathers feared.




About the Author

Craig Ferguson is the host of The Late Late Show. He is the author of the novel Between the Bridge and the River and lives in Los Angeles, California.




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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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

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