American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot (Hardcover)

The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

By Craig Ferguson

Harper, 9780061719547, 288pp.

Publication Date: September 22, 2009

October 2009 Indie Next List

“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
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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: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

“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.”

“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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