Riding the Elephant

Riding the Elephant

A Memoir of Altercations, Humiliations, Hallucinations, and Observations

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Craig Ferguson has defied the odds his entire life. He has failed when he should have succeeded and succeeded when he should have failed. The fact that he is neither dead nor in a locked facility (at the time of printing) is something of a miracle in itself. In Craig's candid and revealing memoir, readers will get a look into the mind and recollections of the unique and twisted Scottish American who became a national hero for pioneering the world's first TV robot skeleton sidekick and reviving two dudes in a horse suit dancing as a form of entertainment. In Riding the Elephant, there are some stories that are too graphic for television, too politically incorrect for social media, or too meditative for a stand-up comedy performance. Craig discusses his deep love for his native Scotland, examines his profound psychic change brought on by fatherhood, and looks at aging and mortality with a perspective that he was incapable of as a younger man. Each story is strung together in a colorful tapestry that ultimately reveals a complicated man who has learned to process--and even enjoy--the unusual trajectory of his life.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780525533917
Characteristics: xi, 267 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 23, 2019

Good read!

LPL_BeckyB Jun 06, 2019

This memoir reads much like I remember Craig Ferguson’s monologues on the Late, Late Show: by turns irreverent, thoughtful, hilarious, poignant, mildly off-putting, but always engaging. Sometimes I experienced all of those reactions in one entry. The book is not an autobiography but rather a sort of “lessons learned” and sometimes “deep thoughts” collection of essays in somewhat chronological order. I enjoyed reading it and found it sometimes quite thought provoking.

May 17, 2019

I agree! Especially if it is read by Craig himself!

Apr 09, 2019

*** PLEASE Get the library the CD Audiobook for us!! This man is amazing & slept-on!!***

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