!!> Reading ➷ Elephants In My Room ➯ Author Christie Nicholls – Moi-sosedi.info
Loved it The book has a terrific sense of place so the reader really feels like you are on the author s shoulder I got a real sense of warmth and joy from the chapter, as if I were walking in the author s shoes and experiencing the same adventures. From Comedian Christie Nicholls Comes A Sidesplitting, Spirited And Whip Smart Collection Of Laugh Out Loud When You Re Not Crying Autobiographic Essays In Elephants In My Room, Nicholls Mines Her Past For Honest If Not Humiliating Stories Of Her Formative Years, Her Family, Jobs And Romantic Relationships That Are At Once Extraordinary And Absurd Whether She S Walking A Dog For Bougie Buddhists In Brentwood, Or Navigating The Terrain Of Iceland In A Car She Doesn T Know How To Drive, Or Sleeping In A Hammock All Summer Long, Deep In The Brazilian Rainforest With A Bilingual German Shepard By Her Side, Christie Finds Humor And Heart In The Most Outrageous And Routine Sometimes Foul, Always Funny, And As Sharp As A Tack, Elephants In My Room Reminds You Why Christie Nicholls Will One Day Be One Of Our Generation S Favorite Leading Ladies, Maybe Or, She Ll Move To New Zealand And Shear Sheep Who Knows You know those people who have the ability to make everyone feel like they re their best friend Even if you just see them for a second you leave feeling happier and lighter Elephants in my Room feels like the book version of that person, if that makes sense I think it s because there s no hint of phoniness Every story, whether it s about telemarketing or a historic fart, feels so vulnerable and genuine I really don t think you can read this and not fall in love with Christie You ll feel like you re best friends after reading it It s actually weird Needless to say, highly recommend. This is a memoir by a young woman who has somehow packed a dozen lifetimes into her so far brief years It s a work of some kind of twisted genius, skipping back and forth through the years to land, finally on the heart of things Why we are who we are Elephants begins like a shot out from an elephant gun, detailing a childhood that begins the jungles of Brazil with Nicholl s family of admittedly brilliant assholes including a hard drinking oceanographer father, a wry and put upon mother, brother Beluga not his real name, thank Christ and an unruly spiritual animal companion in the form of large German very German Shepard From there, it s off to Europe for a sojourn in Italy where Nicholl s only toys were empty shampoo bottles with drawn on faces with which she put on shows that she called my soap operas Nicholl s rollicking account takes us through a series of humiliations in the art world, including earnest attempts at mastering dance, voice, flute and piano Nicholls spare no one, especially herself, in her candid accounts of childhood, adolescence, her brief but disastrous dating period, college, and finally a career as an actress and comedian In adulthood, Nicholl s world beating adventures have hardly slowed down, allowing her to be horrified anew by the sundry oddball situations she finds herself in and her own stumbling reaction to them Metaphors and similes pile up as the author joyfully uses the the English language like a sabre, or perhaps a rug beater She cops many times to having a less than perfect short term memory, but her ability to recall the most hilarious details of adventures from her distant past is truly impressive Finally, Nicholls picaresque narrative arrives at the most recent and most meaningful Big Event of her life, childbirth, the road to which contained as many twists and turns as everything else in her life, and which she somehow manages to heartwarmingly correlate to her struggles to negotiate a recalcitrant rental car in Iceland There are ghastly confessions and outrageously funny observations packed into these honest pages than you ll find in any hundred other memoirs Elephants in My Room will make you wonder and think and feel and sometimes get a little choked up, but somehow, just like Ms Nicholls herself, you will be laughing through it all Highly recommended Funny, honest, and self deprecating, Elephants in My Room is a wonderful read for literary buffs looking for something different, authentic and unflinchingly honest From spectacularly failing to prey on the naivete of the elderly when pursuing telemarketing in a sexually hostile workplace, to spaghetti rocket launchers and consistently incorrect expediting when waitressing, to finding dignity in dog walking, Christie s honest portrayals of the entry level jobs we all have known and love to hate, result in sidesplitting stories that magically find the funny in everyday banality But, this book is deeper than that, because Christie even manages to find hilarity in the depths of sadness and loss that accompany the decline and departure of family members that you easily recognize as your own The magic in this book is that it is simultaneously laugh out loud funny, and devastatingly sad, due to Christie s ability to honestly portray her actions and feelings Coming of age in an era where it was important to be lady like and effeminate as a girl, Christie thankfully flips off the responsibility and predictability of this social role, at every turn, and gives a refreshing portrayal of the realistic hurdles in young relationships, jobs, and family It is a glimpse into what I am confident everyone experiences and feels, but is not bold enough to say This book opens the door and lays bare the family secrets and knowledge that most never talk about And, that is the treasure of these stories shining a light on situations many of us would be too embarrassed to talk about, in a way that honestly acknowledges shortcomings but finds the funny in every single one of them. Sporadic, manic, vulgarso, essentially, like life The tales range from hyper childhood antecdotes to caring for an ailing loved one and all points in between It s rambling at times, introspective at other times, and entirely heartfelt throughout Honest Yes, sometimes too much with wry humor and a deep sense of the absurd I ll admit that for the first chapter or two I wondered what I was getting into, a trial by fire that I survived to get to other, heartfelt chapters An example of the writing overall decent, but a handful of typos remain We reached a section in the film called Turn em and Burn em Service where the waitstaff took on the noble responsibility of getting customers in and out faster than assembly line workers cranked out a carburetor at the Ford factory This requirement demanded a quality that I never have nor ever will possess a reasonably good short term memory Side note I ve done this many times, where I ll walk to the bathroom, sit down, and forget what I m doing in there Oh right Take down pants and pee I received a copy of this book for review purposes. This was a phenomenal book The author has an exceptional memory Her ability to recall every detail of her conversations, interactions and experiences going all the way back to early childhood, must be something very few people are able to do It makes the reader start to think back to events of times past, even long ago, to try to remember memories even clearly than currently remembered Christie Nicholls background as a stand up comic lends to her unique ability to be totally at ease with being self deprecating in the stories she tells in Elephants in My Room I found myself laughing out loud uncontrollably must have woken my girlfriend up who was sleeping in the next room as I read the chapter where Christie talks about how bad of a waitress she was I was equally enthralled by how hilariously she describes other job ventures she undertook to pay her way through college.Whatever challenges she had to be the best at some jobs or to fit in in certain social settings earlier in life she has most certainly found her calling by writing this book. Funny Laugh out loud funny I stayed up late to finish this book then read this book in bed and woke up my husband laughing out loud I fell in love with Ferdinand I laughed until I had tears in my eyes reading about the English wedding I did not know you can be locked into an English pun and drink all night My wanderings in England were so staid Driving in Iceland I was breathless from laughing Visiting grandparents in Florida Boy, could I relate I did that too and now I can laugh about it Did all grandparents in Florida have that same couch I enjoyed reading about her dancer mother, oceanographer father, and her grandparents Especially her grandparents I spent a lot of time with my grandparents And who takes up Swedish in college These experiences and are the hilarious adventures of the author coming of age through the lens of a true comedian I was given the opportunity to read this book and get some real belly laughs by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for a review. Elephants in My Room is a refreshing, light read that sneaks up on you as a testament to Love, Truth and Family Yes, Christie Nicholls is funny a stand up comedian, actor and writer with a PhD in Performance Studies But what I especially liked is that her humor, combined with her compassion and strength, provides an undertow when you least expect it When she is boisterously, comically on a roll and I m thinking, Go girl she then pivots, and shows me something about tenderness, even grace at times She finesses the combo beautifully and most importantly with brutal honesty Selling Out, and also Magic and Mommom are two of my favorites Elephants is a fun and important look at how we can choose to delight in the many layers of the people we love, and at least amuse ourselves with those we don t. I ve always wanted to begin a review with the word eschewing, and I think this is finally my moment Eschewing all the stuffy trappings of a typical memoir, Christie Nicholls delves into her globetrotting life story with grace, nostalgia and a comedian s perspective that all life experiences even the dark ones are brimming with comedy There s a level of detail in Nicholls recollection of her youth that s impressive in addition to her skills as a comic and writer, it is possible she also possesses some kind of mutant like superhuman memory.It s rare to experience a fresh and singular new voice leaping off the page at you, but Nicholls achieves it with style in Elephants in My Room She s one to follow in both the comedy and lit landscapes.