Friday, August 3, 2012
You're Not Doing It Right
Black's memoir tells the tale of his meeting, wooing, and marrying his wife Martha. Interspersed between these love-(and-sometimes-lack-of-it)-story chapters are little ditties that tell us about Black's past as it defines him in the present--stories about his family, about his escapades as a child and in college, about sometimes poor life choices that have been made. We learn about marriage (good and bad), parenthood, and getting old.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, because I dig Michael Ian Black but also because I love other people's stories. I appreciated his intense love of his girlfriend, now wife, and his desire to make her happy early on in their relationship. I also deeply appreciated how honest he is about things falling apart as you go on in life, and Black is forthcoming about the decision for him and Martha to attend therapy. Black is also honest about having kids--he doesn't whitewash the often hellicious first few months with no sleep, no shower, and no sanity. I can't say it's an undertaking I have any desire to do in the next few years (or ever).
If you are heading to the beach in the next few weeks and you need a good celebrity memoir, check it out. You will be entertained, that's for doggoned sure.