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Congratulations, Who Are You Again?

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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 bor

Kindle Edition, 357 pages
Published November 6th 2018 by Harper Perennial
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Diane S ☔
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 written a very humorous one, a glimpse into the life of a writer who finds himself on the cusp of being a recognized author. Not afraid to poke fun at himself, his dreams, his aspirations, his quest to have it all.

As a child he loved to be the joker, loved to make people laugh, a role that often g
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 author’s daughter, while I waited for him to sign my book.

Over the years I have enjoyed reading memoirs by authors as I learn how they approach the craft and gleam advice for myself. Annie Dillard’s The Writing Life, Eudora Welty,’s One’s Writer’s Beginning, Robert Laxalt’s, Travels with My Royal:
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Funny and honest.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 heartwarming.
Blue Cypress Books
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant and funny and wickedly smart.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 humour and honesty.

Thank You to the publisher for sending me a copy for review.

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Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 one of the funniest writer's I've read, but he also has an incredible ability to draw you into emotional moments. As with The World's Largest Man, I cried multiple times while reading it. This is not something that happens to me often, and we're not talking just a watery eye. These were real tears. ...more
Jill Blevins
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
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 to me. I love self-deprecation but it gets old. As does being a loser and failure that accidentally - how did this happen? - becomes successful.

That said, it's obvious why he's a successful author - this character, this voice is witty and Southern, goofy and gentle, male and yet relatable to anyone.
Adam Bricker
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 sarcasm or self-deprecation to lighten the mood...I know this device well.

Since this is a review book, they say to check the final edition before quoting...well, I'm too forgetful and frankly lazy to do that. So, I'm going to paraphrase this sentence that is around the middle of pg 264 and when you read
Reading Fool
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways, 2018
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 the dream, and what he learned along the way. There are many, many laugh-out-loud passages (I truly laughed out loud!), which all dreamers will relate to. It is also a window into the publishing world and what not-so-famous writers endure to sell their life's work. I cannot wait to share this book wit
K.J. Dell'Antonia
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jess and I just finished recording the 2018 Gifts for Writers episode of the #AmWriting podcast, and we missed one: Harrison Scott Key's book, Congratulations, Who Are You Again--on having his dream of getting paid to write a "funny book" about his family come true and what that really looked like. Hint: it took 11 years, and it didn't end up as planned--but he DID get to write another book, so I'd say he won. As I writer, I treasured this honest read about the writing process, and even more abo ...more
I was initially a bit skeptical that the premise (a memoir about writing his first memoir) could sustain a whole book, but I liked The World's Largest Man so much that I gave this a chance, and I'm really glad I did. I think his writing is voice is growing more confident and relaxed than even his last book. He really did think a lot about what it was to dream, and expertly applied it to his own circumstance. I think "book people" will like this first and foremost, but like his last book, there's ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-thing
This was a very entertaining read by an author writing about his experience of becoming a published author. It had just the right balance of describing the struggles of being published and self deprecating humor. There were even some laugh out loud moments during the course of the book. The description of the journey was impressive and it was a very enjoyable read. Although I had not read his first book, this book made me want to read more by this author!

Reader received a complimentary copy fro
The library I work at received an advanced copy of this book and I was the first to pick it up. It started off with forced humor but then the focus of the story started and it flowed beautifully. This book gave great insight into what it’s like to be an “average” author. Well written and engaging!

As an aside I have not read his first book which inspired this one but I will be adding it to my “to read” list.
Moses Operandi
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This is a wonderful memoir--heartfelt, contemplative, and very funny. It's a memoir about writing a memoir, which makes it a bit more "meta" than Key's first book, "The World's Largest Man." For that reason only, I would say it's a lesser work. However, Key is still one of the best writers of his generation. 10/10, highly recommended.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you dream of being a writer and you also need a laugh- this book is for you. I love Harrison Scott Key. I don’t think I’ve every truly laughed out loud multiple times while reading a book in the past. I could not put this book down.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As with Key's other book, superb writing that will make you laugh out loud. By turns hilarious and poignant, if you want to know what it's like to write a book (and wonder if anybody ever really notices), well, this is a pretty good starting place. Worth your while by a good measure.
Steve Horowitt
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun, witty, whacky and infinitely clever. This book put a smile on my face every chapter. It's also very well written and self deprecating. Highly recommended for anyone who has ever questioned what they want to be and how to get there.
Sheri Horton
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this read, funny, honest and fascinating. As one who heard him at a book festival (with antlers in tow), and stood in line for my book to be signed, I really appreciate his perspective on how book tours work, and the interaction between authors and readers.
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it
A funny book about an author who finally made it. Not exactly the type of book I would normally read but maybe I will read more books by Harrison Scott Key.
Sarah Baenen
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a funny and charming account of how a book/dream comes to be born. I love this man's writing.
Angie Li
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
LOVE. Very funny and hard to put down.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious, inspiring and informative (especially if you also have a dream, and especially if your dream is to write a book of your own).
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Harrison Scott Key is the author of two memoirs, including Congratulations, You Are You Again? (Harper Perennial), a true story about how his American Dream to do something creative and meaningful with his life nearly obliterated every meaningful thing in his life. His first memoir, The World's Largest Man, a true story about what it's like to be related to insane people from Mississippi, includin ...more