Misfit: Growing Up Awkward in the ’80s

Macmillan Audio. Sept. 2023. 10:18 hrs. ISBN 9781250902290. $26.99. MEMOIR
Stand-up comedian Gulman (The Great Depresh) proves that he ended up in the right profession with this poignant, funny memoir detailing his ’80s childhood from kindergarten through 12th grade. He candidly shares his struggles with mental health, which led to the writing of this book. In 2017, at the age of 46, he returned to his mother’s home to escape the stress of New York and seek treatment for thoughts of dying by suicide. The setting kicked off a trip down memory lane, including grade-school adventures, relationships with family, and his impressive switch from high school basketball player to football star. He is as talented an audiobook narrator as he is a comedian. His narration brings each story to life, and he imparts his bumbling adventures with honesty and heart. Though he speaks in a conversational style, his elegance as a performer is evident, taking this audio to a new level. Listeners will hang on every tale and will likely relate to many of the emotions and worries he describes.
VERDICT Gulman’s profession as a performer translates into an excellent audiobook. This is unmissable and highly recommended for all audio memoir collections.
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