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Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (But Also My Mom's, Which I Know Sounds Weird) (Hardcover)

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Fans of Michael Ian Black’s brand of acid-tongued comedy will certainly enjoy his latest collection of essays about aging, health, family, and the ever-pleasant topic of DEATH. But even non-fans, like myself, will laugh, wince, and occasionally tear up at Black’s honest, irreverent, and yet surprisingly sincere essays. I don’t know how he does it, but Black manages to write about his expanding (sort of) waistline, growing up with his mother’s “rage addict” partner Elaine, and the harrowing aftereffects of his mother’s cancer treatment with candor and pitch-perfect emotion. Another writer could easily lose control of such tonally different topics. But a stand-up comedy veteran to the end, Black has the confidence and skill to guide his audience down even the most unexpected paths. 

— From Lillian


New York Times bestselling author and stand-up comedian Michael Ian Black (author of A Child's First Book of Trump) delivers a "memorable and funny" (Kirkus Reviews) memoir about confronting his genetic legacy as he hits his forties.

Whether it's family history, religion, aging, or his parents, Michael Ian Black always has something to say in the dry, irreverent voice that has captured a fan base of millions. When a medical diagnosis forces him to realize he's not getting any younger, he reexamines his life as a middle-aged guy--of course, in the deadpan wit and self-deprecating vignettes that have become trademarks of his humor.

The alt-comedy take on getting older, Navel Gazing is a funny-because-it's-true memoir about looking around when you're forty and realizing that life is about more than receding hairlines and proving one's manliness on Twitter--it's about laughing at yourself.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781476748825
ISBN-10: 1476748829
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: January 5th, 2016
Pages: 208
Language: English