Attempting Normal

Maron, Marc

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Attempting Normal
Random House, Inc.

People make a mess.

Marc Maron was a parent-scarred, angst-filled, drug-dabbling, love-starved comedian who dreamed of a simple life: a wife, a home, a sitcom to call his own. But instead he woke up one day to find himself fired from his radio job, surrounded by feral cats, and emotionally and financially annihilated by a divorce from a woman he thought he loved. He tried to heal his broken heart through whatever means he could find—minor-league hoarding, Viagra addiction, accidental racial profiling, cat fancying, flying airplanes with his mind—but nothing seemed to work. It was only when he was stripped down to nothing that he found his way back.

Attempting Normal is Marc Maron’s journey through the wilderness of his own mind, a collection of explosively, painfully, addictively funny stories that add up to a moving tale of hope and hopelessness, of failing, flailing, and finding a way. From standup to television to his outrageously popular podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, Marc has always been a genuine original, a disarmingly honest, intensely smart, brutally open comic who finds wisdom in the strangest places. This is his story of the winding, potholed road from madness and obsession and failure to something like normal, the thrillingly comic journey of a sympathetic f***up who’s trying really hard to do better without making a bigger mess. Most of us will relate.

Praise for Attempting Normal

“I laughed so hard reading this book.”—David Sedaris

“Funny . . . surprisingly deep . . . laced with revelatory insights.”—Los Angeles Times

“Superb . . . A reason that [it] is a superior example of an overcrowded genre—the comedian memoir—is Mr. Maron’s hardheaded approach to his history, the wisdom of experience.”The New York Times

“Marc Maron is a legend because he is both a great comic and a brilliant mind. Attempting Normal is a deep, hilarious megashot of feeling and truth as only this man can administer.”—Sam Lipsyte

Praise for Marc Maron and WTF

“The stuff of comedy legend.”Rolling Stone

“Marc Maron is a startlingly honest, compelling, and hilarious comedian-poet. Truly one of the greatest of all time.”—Louis C.K.

“I’ve known Marc for years and I can tell you first hand that he’s passionate, fearless, honest, self-absorbed, neurotic, and screamingly funny.”—David Cross

“Revered among his peers . . . raw and unflinchingly honest.”Entertainment Weekly

“Devastatingly funny.”Los Angeles Times

“For a comedy nerd, this show is nirvana.”—Judd Apatow

Publisher: New York :, Spiegel & Grau,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812992878
Branch Call Number: B Maron M
Characteristics: xx, 210 pages ; 22 cm


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List - Misfit Memoirs by: nypl_kingsbridge Aug 15, 2014

Smart and insightful, comedian Marc Maron shares 25 stories from his life that illustrate his journey from madness, obsession, and failure, to finding something like normal. Brutally open, he shares his experiences from viagra addiction to cat fancying to racial profiling in this hilarious memoir... Read More »

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Nov 29, 2013
  • joaopedrolopes rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed reading this book because I fell Marc Maron is coming from deep within, opening all the barriers and exposing himself, his history, his character, in the same kind of personal way that defines his podcast interviews and that makes him so successful. If you are a podcast regular you will already know some or many of the stories, but they are so hilarious and told in such a peculiar way, that is more than worth it to read them, even when repeated. Highly recommend you this book for a lot of good laughs and for a bit more life philosophy (in a good way) that many of you might think when buying the book.

Nov 21, 2013
  • JCLRachelSH rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If Charles Bukowski did stand-up, it might be a little like Marc Maron. Everyone who likes comedy has their own reasons and favorite styles; I think mine is that it’s a handy outlet for laughing at all the crazy, dark crap people go through. After basically failing at life — drug addiction, getting fired, ruining two marriages — Marc finally found his groove with his WTF podcast, and here he explores similar dark territory: neurotic anxiety, anger… and cats! At its heart is a remarkable longing to connect emotionally with other people, which is what makes Marc’s humor so wonderful. Marc Maron proves that comedy is not just entertainment but can be art.

Sep 17, 2013

"The comedian recounts stories from his life, from hitting rock bottom to hosting a successful podcast." September 2013 Biography and Memoir

Jul 08, 2013
  • metalpoet rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

hilarious in its honesty and darkness from which this podcasting comedian has podcasted his way to relevance and truth and even love in all that he does utilizing his dark wit and his philosophical musical and sometimes deep literary meaning of life ponderings.


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