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Self-Inflicted Wounds
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Self-Inflicted Wounds
Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation
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In her book Self-Inflicted Wounds, comedian, actress, and cohost of CBS's daytime hit show The Talk, Aisha Tyler recounts a series of epic mistakes and hilarious stories of crushing personal humiliation, and the personal insights and authentic wisdom she gathered along the way.

The essays in Self-Inflicted Wounds are refreshingly and sometimes brutally honest, surprising, and laugh-out-loud funny, vividly translating the brand of humor Tyler has cultivated through her successful standup career, as well as the strong voice and unique point of view she expresses on her taste-making comedy podcast Girl on Guy.

Riotous, revealing, and wonderfully relatable, Aisha Tyler's Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation is about the power of calamity to shape life, learning, and success.

In her book Self-Inflicted Wounds, comedian, actress, and cohost of CBS's daytime hit show The Talk, Aisha Tyler recounts a series of epic mistakes and hilarious stories of crushing personal humiliation, and the personal insights and authentic wisdom she gathered along the way.

The essays in Self-Inflicted Wounds are refreshingly and sometimes brutally honest, surprising, and laugh-out-loud funny, vividly translating the brand of humor Tyler has cultivated through her successful standup career, as well as the strong voice and unique point of view she expresses on her taste-making comedy podcast Girl on Guy.

Riotous, revealing, and wonderfully relatable, Aisha Tyler's Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation is about the power of calamity to shape life, learning, and success.

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About the Author-
  • Aisha Tyler is a comedian, actress, author, television host, podcaster, and recovering nerd (see photo--note the devastatingly fashionable Casio watch). She is cohost of the Emmy-nominated daytime talk show The Talk, the voice of sexy superspy Lana Kane on FX's hit animated series Archer, and host of the all-new Whose Line Is It, Anyway? on the CW. She is also the creator, producer, and host of the award-winning podcast Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler, consistently ranked one of the top ten comedy podcasts on iTunes. Tyler tours as a standup comedian nationwide, and has contributed to Oprah, Wired, Glamour, and Entertainment Weekly magazines. She lives in Los Angeles, where she reads postapocalyptic fiction and plays video games in her meager spare time.

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  • Kirkus

    June 15, 2013
    An actress and comedian's episodic ruminations about the painful blunders that helped shape her as a person and a successful stand-up comic. For Tyler, comedians are a breed apart--"lack of shame is our superpower [and] humiliation is fuel for [our] art." She demonstrates her commitment to her calling by transforming stories drawn from her life into fodder for laughter. The daughter of two African-American vegetarian hippies, Tyler was "seven kinds of weird" from the start. She was also an accident-prone bungler. When she was just 5 years old, she managed to slice herself from "nose to navel" after getting thrown from a rusted hobbyhorse. At 7, she nearly set herself on fire and burned down her apartment after a kitchen experiment in deep-frying went hopelessly awry. Her teenage years were equally rife with embarrassments. Wearing clothes that made her look like "Boyz II Men had gotten in a fight with an angry thrift store," she managed such ignominious feats as getting followed, and then caught, by her father at an underground San Francisco nightclub, taking the SAT with a massive hangover, and spewing vomit on two boys she liked two separate times. Tyler did her first comedy sketch--which involved her dressing in drag as a drunken frat boy--for classmates at Dartmouth. From that point on, she was "completely in love" with comedy, although she would not pursue it seriously until after she discovered that working for a living "suck[ed] major ass." Tyler's work is refreshing not just for its unabashed candor, but also for its humorous insights into the human capacity for screwing up and bouncing back. Things "will go wrong. Terribly mind-blowingly wrong." But under no circumstances should it stop someone from pursuing their dreams. Smart, sassy and surprisingly wise.

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  • Entertainment Weekly "In her new book, Aisha Tyler embarrasses and humiliates herself for 231 pages—to our extreme reading pleasure."
  • Kirkus Reviews "Tyler's work is refreshing not just for its unabashed candor, but also for its humorous insights into the human capacity for screwing up and bouncing back. Things 'will go wrong...mind-blowingly wrong.' But under no circumstances should it stop someone from pursuing their dreams. Smart, sassy and surprisingly wise."
  • Adam Carolla, comedian, host of The Adam Carolla Show, and New York Times bestselling author of In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks "Aisha Tyler is one of the smartest, funniest women I've had the good fortune of meeting. She makes me laugh every time I see her—and this is coming from the guy who thinks women aren't funny."
  • Margaret Cho, comedian, actress, and nationally bestselling author of I'm the One That I Want "A beautifully tortured and sick-with-self-consciousness manifesto of regret. I'm equal parts proud and embarrassed for Aisha Tyler, which doesn't get in the way of my loving her, as you will when you read Self-Inflicted Wounds."
  • Anthony Bourdain, chef, host of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, and New York Times bestselling author of Kitchen Confidential "Self-inflicted wounds are the nastiest, most painful, and most likely to fester. Also the funniest. Aisha brings back every awful, suicidally stupid, shameful, and all-too-familiar episode of a life well lived. Reading this book made me feel a lot better about myself. Prepare to be horrified—and entertained."
  • Felicia Day, actress, writer, and producer of The Guild "One of the most kick-ass women I know, Aisha Tyler hilariously rips herself open and shows you her guts. On the schadenfreude scale, Self-Inflicted Wounds is a ten."
  • Patton Oswalt, comedian, actor, and New York Times bestselling author of Zombie Spaceship Wasteland "Good God. The Amazon can write. And write well. We are doomed."
  • Dave Eggers, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of New York Times #1 bestseller A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, What Is the What, Zeitoun, and A Hologram for the King and founder of McSweeney's "For once, Patton is correct. Aisha Tyler is one funny son of a bitch."
  • Sharon Osbourne, author, rock manager, and cohost of The Talk "The first time I met Aisha I felt we could have been sisters. Tall, beautiful, African-American, comedienne...after reading Self-Inflicted Wounds I found we had more in common: setting the house on fire, peeing ourselves in public, and an endless list of people we've offended in some way."
  • Andy Richter, comedian, actor, writer, announcer and man-Friday on Conan "If you're the type of sicko who enjoys a hilariously talented person debasing herself for your amusement, then Self-Inflicted Wounds is the book for you."
  • Jay Chandrasekhar, director of Super Troopers, Beerfest, and Babymakers "Aisha Tyler's book, Self-Inflicted Wounds, is an uplifting, hilarious trek through her life of insults, agonies and failures. Each story is not only painfully funny, but it's also thoughtful and stunningly candid. I really do love this book."
  • Seth Green, comedian, actor, creator/writer/director of Robot Chicken "We all do stupid stuff, sometimes on purpose. But rarely do we ever talk about it, let alone publish an in-depth retelling-leave it to Aisha Tyler to help us all feel a little less dumb and a little more connected."
  • Touré, author, critic, host of The Cycle on MSNBC "Aisha is living proof that for nerdy outsiders things really do get better. But, in her case, before they got better, they got a whole lot worse. It's impossible not to laugh while reading Self-Inflicted Wounds. It's also impossible not to worry about Aisha's mental health."
  • Baratunde Thurston, New York Times bestselling author of How To Be Black, and CEO/Co-Founder, Cultivated Wit Baratunde Thurston, New York Times bestselling author of How To Be Black, and CEO/Co-Founder, Cultivated Wit "What Aisha says about embracing your fear and using mistakes to forge character is beautiful. What she says about Oprah is unforgivable."
  • Bill Burr, comedian, actor, and host of The Monday Morning Podcast "Aisha Tyler's incredibly vivid stories of going for big air only to land flat on her face (or possibly a rusty spike) are a unique combination of cringe-worthy and inspiring. That she shares these stories makes me love her all the more."
  • Wayne Brady, comedian, actor, star of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and host of Let's Make a Deal "Self-inflicted wounds. We all have them, but no one exploits their own pain for the funny like Aisha Tyler."
  • Chris Hardwick, comedian and host of The Talking Dead and The Nerdist "Aisha Tyler's brain moves faster than a shock spell from the hands of a lightning mage. She is hilarious, hyper-articulate, and will kick your ass in Call of Duty. She is the life of the LAN party."
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