Stand-up comic Maria Bamford shows her sense of timing, audience, and humor as she narrates her memoir. Upbeat and whimsical, she begins by defining sounds that signal what's coming: Brakes squealing, for example, heralds "creepy stuff." She also warns listeners that her memoir will not follow a linear structure. Indeed, while pondering bouts of mental illness and her need to belong, Bamford continually takes detours that are filled with irreverent, laugh-worthy details; salty language; and tongue-in-cheek observations. All are delivered at breakneck speed as she discusses topics that range from self-help programs to Suzuki violin training. While sometimes distracting, the brisk nonstop humor buoys Bamford's moments of candor in stories about her mother's evangelical leanings and death. Bamford's portraits of others are seamlessly integrated, and her witty transitions work well. S.W. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2023]
Trade Ed. Simon & Schuster Audio 2023
DD ISBN 9781797162065 $19.99
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