My Horizontal Life

Posted in Book Reports, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on September 16, 2013

PG found a copy of My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One Night Stands, the Chelsea Handler book, at a yard sale. The asking price was fifty cents, which was talked down to a quarter. For the comedian daughter of a Jewish used car salesman dealer, this was an outstanding value.

The book is a hoot. The action starts with seven year old Chelsea going in her parents room to photograph them having fun. Miss Handler goes on to adventures with a midget, a black law student, assorted other ethnic types, and a gay gynecologist. The action is served up with one liners, which keep the reader in stitches. Maybe the lady is two pom poms short of a pep rally, but you are having fun.

The supporting cast is almost as funny as Miss Handler. Ketel One is a featured player, as is a roommate called Dumb Dumb. Her gay friend Nathan makes a spectacle at a wedding. Her African friend Shoniqua is loud and clear. Various family members make appearances. Would you buy a used daughter from Daddy? There are well practiced one liners for all the players and scenes.

After a while, the laughs get old, and the story is just a wee bit sad. Miss Handler seems to be chasing a rainbow, instead of looking for another hot man. The one last himbo stud turns out to be a cokehead wet noodle. Maybe, one day, the little girl will grow up. Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

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  1. tedstrutz said, on September 16, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    himbo… that’s a new one! As always interesting story/observation here with some nice images.

    The guy in the uniform in the Jan 27, 1908 pic looks like my grandfather…gave me quite a start.

  2. MOV said, on September 16, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I like how your essay feels like you are chatting with a friend. Nice writing!


  3. Aion said, on September 17, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    What IS that thing she;s wearing on her head ?

  4. Draug419 said, on September 17, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Great book review! A+
    Also love the Linotype pic.

  5. trifectawriting said, on September 18, 2013 at 4:59 am

    Interesting how you have incorporated the prompt into your review. Like the “two pom poms” description.
    Thanks for linking up!

  6. Beulah | Chamblee54 said, on September 25, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    […] companion . The distraction this day was My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One Night Stands, by Chelsea Handler. PG reached page 169 when synchronicity paid a visit. Miss Handler has a gay friend, Nathan. He is […]

  7. Cultural Appropriation | Chamblee54 said, on September 26, 2013 at 11:17 am

    […] reading the Chelsea Handler book, PG started to think of things to write about. A list appeared on the back inside cover. A few […]

  8. Uganda Be Kidding Me | Chamblee54 said, on June 9, 2014 at 10:56 am

    […] bookmark is on page 82. This book is not worth checking out a second time. Last fall, a copy of My Horizontal Life appeared. It was a fun book. The comic boasting about alcoholic excess was fun to read. If you […]

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