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Review of Yearbook by Seth Rogen

Easygoing Rogen's book of essays and memories touches on his start as a boy doing standup in bars, his drug habits, and funny and awkward encounters with famous people.

“Never quit, but sometimes do quit, ’cause you simply might not be that good at some shit.”

I recently mentioned my memoir love (again) and how I've been drawn to memoirs by funny people lately (as with Kal Penn's You Can't Be Serious).

If you're familiar with actor Seth Rogen (Freaks and Geeks, Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Steve Jobs; and he was also one of the writers of Superbad and Pineapple Express) and his humor, you won't be surprised by the breadth and depth of drug-related and porn-related stories he includes in Yearbook.

But in this slim book (I listened to it as an audiobook), Rogen also digs into his beginnings as a young man doing standup and finding inspiration in his grandparents' antics; his pivotal Jewish summer camp experiences; and various awkward Hollywood encounters with famous people like Kanye West.

This is a collection of essays and recollections that comes from Rogen's heart, and Yearbook feels like a relaxed, shooting-the-breeze encounter with the easygoing, oddball actor.

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For more more MORE memoirs I've loved that you might want to try, check out the Greedy Reading Lists Six Illuminating Memoirs to Dive Into, Six Illuminating Memoirs I've Read This Year, Six More Illuminating Memoirs to Lose Yourself In, Six Foodie Memoirs to Whet Your Appetite, and Six Powerful Memoirs about Facing Mortality.

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