Self-Inflicted Wounds by Aisha Tyler (Book Review)

Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic HumiliationSelf-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation by Aisha Tyler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've enjoyed Aisha Tyler's many works (the olden days of Talk Soup, Girl on Guy podcast, Archer, etc.) and this one is no exception. Tyler has eschewed the structure of standard celebrity memoirs and, instead of telling us all about the key milestones in her life, has told the structure of her life and career via her greatest humiliations. Even more so, she has provided a personal takeaway or lesson from each one. Some of these lessons contradict each other if you think about it too much, but this isn't the sort of book to devote too much mental real estate to. Tyler's storytelling skills are are sharp and her capacity for self-awareness great. She writes very closely to how she speaks, but with a touch more focus. The end result is a fusion of memoir, self-help, and general comedy that is very entertaining. If anyone doesn't remember similar episodes in their life when reading about Aisha's greatest failures, well, you lived a very different life than most of us.

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