Review: Aisha Tyler: Self Inflicted Wounds

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Aisha Tyler, the actress and comedian, who you may know as the voice of Lana Kane in Archer, has penned her second book, Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation. It's a long string of painful and humiliating incidents for which the author believes she has only herself to blame, such as the time she accidentally lit herself on fire, or the other time she accidentally lit herself on fire, or that dress she wore to the NAACP awards.

This book is not really an autobiography, being a bit too disjointed for that, but Tyler does talk a bit about growing up as an enormous black vegetarian sci fi geek, and learning how to deal with being so different from the people around her. Schadenfreude abounds, but there is wisdom here too. Tyler talks about persistence and the importance of being able to "boot and rally", or get back up again after you know you've really stuffed up.

Self Inflicted Wounds is by turns inspiring, cringe inducing and a good laugh. If you like it you should check out Aisha Tyler's podcast Girl on Guy and her other book Swerve (2004).

Published: 2013

Rated: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

#humour #memoir #nonfictio #comedy

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