In this collection of autobiographical essays, Winstead vividly recounts how she fought to find her own voice, both as a comedian and as a woman, and how humor became her most powerful weapon in confronting life's challenges.
Growing up in the Midwest, the youngest child of conservative Catholic parents, Winstead learned early in her life that the straightforward questions she posed to various authority figures around her-her parents, her parish priest, even an anti-abortion counselor -prompted many startled looks and uncomfortable silences, but few answers. Her questions rattled people because they exposed the inconsistencies and hypocrisies in the people and institutions she confronted. Yet she didn't let that stop her from pursuing her dreams.
Funny and biting, honest and poignant, this no-holds-barred collection gives an in-depth look into the life of one of today's most influential comic voices. In writing about her childhood longing to be a priest, her role in developing The Daily Show, and of her often problematic habit of diving into everything head first, asking questions later (resulting in multiple rescue-dog adoptions and travel disasters), Lizz Winstead has tapped an outrageous and heartfelt vein of the all-too-human comedy.
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Winstead comes across as the prototype for the stereotypical smug, self-congratulatory celebrity liberal whom smug, self-congratulatory celebrity conservatives love to complain aboutRead Full Review of Lizz Free or Die | See more reviews from AV Club
The humor is dark but loving, with a wonderful payoff (thanks to her father’s sense of humor). Winstead shows a deft touch in capturing compelling detailsRead Full Review of Lizz Free or Die
the writing is breezy and the stories are as poignant as they are funnyRead Full Review of Lizz Free or Die
it’s both sweet and empowering to watch this girl who constantly erred on the side of the inappropriate grow into a woman who makes a living at it. We should all be so lucky, and brave, as to Lizz free or die.Read Full Review of Lizz Free or Die
This book is hilarious. Lizz Winstead is a comedic genius who had me laughing from beginning to end; even the essays about the loss of her parents had me laughing through the teary-eyed sadness of their deaths.Read Full Review of Lizz Free or Die
The essays are poignant, humorous, enlightening and insightful.Read Full Review of Lizz Free or Die
Most memoirs by famous people have that patronizing “I was just a Joe Schmoe but I worked hard and you can too” schtick that is obvious BS. Winstead makes it clear that she had plenty of fumbles and major embarrassment on the way to her successRead Full Review of Lizz Free or Die
I could hear her voice, her intonations, see her eye rolls and her tears. It’s a cozy, quirky, poignant, funny, personal, frank, heartbreaking, raw, intelligent, outspoken, sometimes even jaw-dropping account of the highs and lows of Lizz’s lifeRead Full Review of Lizz Free or Die
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