Louis C.K. has described Notaro’s groundbreaking stand up work about her breast cancer as “an amazing example of what comedy can be. A way to visit your worst fears and laugh at them.” This memoir builds on her deadpan comedic style to offer an insightful and honest expansion on the personal themes in her comedy.
Great publicity lined up so far: a People magazine first serial, Ellen, NPR’s All Things Considered, CBS Sunday Morning, NYTBR, Marie Claire, O, GQ, Elle, Vanity Fair, and more.
For four months in 2012, stand-up comedian Notaro descended into a decidedly unfunny period of her life: she survived a bout with the life-threatening bacterial infection, Clostridium difficile, only to find out that her mother had died; not long after she buried her mother, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and underwent a double mastectomy. In this deeply captivating memoir, Notaro opens her raw wounds… After her illnesses, Notaro slowly returns to the stage, gaining a large following when she introduces her new routine with the words: “Hello. Good evening. Hello. I have cancer, how are you?”…. Notaro’s searingly honest and sometimes humorous memoir will wrench readers’ hearts and inspire them in equal measure.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Notaro intermingles laugh-out-loud moments from her childhood with her crazy mother and stepfather and sweet romantic times as an adult. Throughout her brief work, the author is frank, at times humorous, and anything but melodramatic.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Notaro’s thrilling, candid, and hilarious memoir is a provocative and convincing rallying cry to seize the day.”
“[W]hat makes this book so masterful, and what I have found in the most memorable comedy, is the ability and willingness to embrace ambivalence, upset expectation, and explore tension. Notaro’s writing shines whenever she refuses to set right the moments when everything feels off, or rather, funny. In this way, I’m Just a Person might be one of the best jokes ever told.”
— Lillian Li, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI
I’m Just a Person (9780062266637) by Tig Notaro. $26.99 hardcover. 6/14/16 on sale.