Congratulations, Who Are You Again?

Congratulations, Who Are You Again? Review

A Good Housekeeping Book of the Month

This funny and wise new memoir from Harrison Scott Key, winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor, will inspire laughter and hope for anyone who’s ever been possessed by a dream of what they want to be when they grow up.

Little-known author Mark Twain once said that the two most important days in your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out why. He's talking about dreams here, the destiny that calls every living soul to some kind of greatness. What Mr. Twain doesn't say is: A dream is also a monster that wants to eat you. Nobody tells you this part of the American Dream — until now. In this new memoir, Congratulations Who Are You Again, readers join Harrison Scott Key on his outrageous journey to becoming a great American writer.

As a young boy in Mississippi, Harrison possessed many special gifts, such as the ability to read and complete college applications. And yet, throughout young adulthood, he failed at many vocations, until one day, after drinking perhaps too many beers and dusting off his King James Bible, he stumbled across a passage about a lonely pelican, which burst into flame inside him. In a mad blaze of holy illumination, Harrison realized his dream: to set the world afire with the light inside him. He would write a funny book. This was his dream.

With unforgettable wit and tenderness, Congratulations Who Are You Again is Harrison’s instructive tale of pursuing his destiny with relentless and often misguided devotion, transforming his life beyond all comprehension: He becomes a signer of autographs, a doer of interviews, a casher of checks that are "worth more money than my father had ever imagined any of us might see, this side of a drug-related felony."

On this journey, Harrison finds that as he gains the world, he stands on the precipice of losing everything that means the most: his family, his mind, his soul. Hilarious, honest, and absolutely practical, Congratulations Who Are You Again is a no-holds-barred look at the life of every ambitious human creature, whether you want to write books or make music, start a business or start a revolution. This is a book for the dreamers.

 

 

Title:Congratulations, Who Are You Again?
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Diane S ?

    I cannot overstate the importance of the humor in our lives, reading and otherwise. Sometimes one just desperately needs to pick up a funny book. Fortunstely, Harrison Scott Key agrees with me and has...

  • Jeff

    Harrison Scott Key, Congratulations, Who Are You Again? A Memoir (New York: Harpers, 2018) , 347 pages including five appendices and no illustrations except an ink figure of a dog drawn by Beetle, the...

  • Laura

    Funny and honest. ...

  • Becky

    I enjoyed this memoir about writing a memoir (which I also enjoyed) very much. It was funny, sweet, and honest. The latter chapters, where he writes so tenderly about his family, are beautiful and hea...

  • Blue Cypress Books

    Brilliant and funny and wickedly smart....

  • Kate

    This was a very funny and perseptive read. Harrison Scott Key writes about his experience of becoming a published author, with the ups and downs and lessons he learned along the way. Filled with humou...

  • Stephen

    I found Key's first book when my son was about a year old and I was searching for good memoirs about father-son relationships. It did not disappoint, and I was very excited for this follow-up. Key is ...

  • Jill Blevins

    Maybe I'm the wrong demographic for this sort of book but humor comes in many forms and this self-deprecating journey through the author's past to become the success that he is was just not so funny t...

  • Adam Bricker

    This book has it all from struggle to joy to laughs to even a few dictionary words. The story is very relatable and heartfelt. When things got too real or too prove a point, there would be some sarcas...

  • Reading Fool

    I received an Advance Reader's Copy of this book.This book was hilarious. And bittersweet. And inspiring. Harrison Scott Key's memoir focuses on his dream of writing a book, what it took to realize th...