Thursday 24 June 2021

Book ~ "Yearbook" (2021) Seth Rogen

From Goodreads ~ Hi! I’m Seth! I was asked to describe my book, Yearbook, for the inside flap (which is a gross phrase) and for websites and shit like that, so … here it goes!!!

Yearbook is a collection of true stories that I desperately hope are just funny at worst and life-changingly amazing at best. (I understand that it’s likely the former, which is a fancy “book” way of saying “the first one.”)

I talk about my grandparents, doing stand-up comedy as a teenager, bar mitzvahs, and Jewish summer camp, and tell way more stories about doing drugs than my mother would like. I also talk about some of my adventures in Los Angeles and surely say things about other famous people that will create a wildly awkward conversation for me at a party one day.

I hope you enjoy the book should you buy it and if you don’t enjoy it, I’m sorry. If you ever see me on the street and explain the situation, I’ll do my best to make it up to you. 

Seth Rogen is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer and filmmaker.  I like the majority films he's been in and I thought this would be a fun and interesting book ... and it was.

Rogen was born in Vancouver, BC, to a Jewish family of Ukrainian and Russian origin.  He starts by telling us about his parents and grandparents growing up in the Depression and how he started out doing comedy as a young teenager in lesbian clubs.  The book is chunked up into chapters and each chapter is a story ... like how/why he started taking karate, the trip he and his buddy took to Amsterdam (and Paris), working with Snoop Dogg and his "muses", his views of Twitter, meeting his wife, Lauren, and more.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book.  I've read books like this in the past and they've let me down.  But Rogen's book is funny and interesting.  I like reading bios/autobios to find out about people's lives and Rogen's voice in this book seems honest as he's telling his stories.  He sounds like an enthusiastic guy who would be fun to spend time with.  As a head's up, there is A LOT of swearing and stories of drug use.

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