December 23, 2014

12 days of reading - day 12: neil patrick harris: choose your own autobiography!

Blogger's Note: With Christmas just around the corner, there's still plenty of time to ask Santa for a few new reads under your tree. Rather than share 12 writing tips (like in 2011 and 2012) or some favorite writers (like last year), this year we are sharing 12 notable (and potentially Christmas list-worthy) books from the past year. I have enlisted the help of my good friend (and voracious reader) Whitney to create this list. Enjoy the 12 Days of Reading.

Day 12: Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography!
By Neil Patrick Harris
Published October 14
Picked by Whitney
Tired of memoirs that only tell you what really happened? 
Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Then look no further than Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based-life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. You will be born to New Mexico. You will get your big break at an acting camp. You will get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan. Even better, at each critical juncture of your life you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D. You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John’s yacht.

Choose correctly and you’ll find fame, fortune, and true love. Choose incorrectly and you’ll find misery, heartbreak, and a hideous death by piranhas. All this, plus magic tricks, cocktail recipes, embarrassing pictures from your time as a child actor, and even a closing song. Yes, if you buy one book this year, congratulations on being above the American average, and make that book Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography!
I tell ya, there’s no better way to enjoy a celebrity memoir than listening to them read it to you on audio book while you’re driving to Target or whatever. Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! is no exception, even though, as my sister reminded me, you can’t choose your own adventure, which is a super fun take on an autobiography. But, you don’t really miss out as the audio book still takes you down a path riddled with potential options, and there are even bonus features, like audio of a speech by youngster Neil Patrick Harris.

Listening to this book was so enjoyable—it’s hilarious, of course, because what else could you expect from NPH—but also touching, moving, and thought-provoking. Plus I feel like you get a lot of insider, behind-the-scenes takes on certain experiences NPH has been a part of, all while feeling like you’re hearing it from the source himself.

Rating: 5 of 5

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