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My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands by Chelsea Handler Review

Title: My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands

Author: Chelsea Handler

First published June 6, 2004

213 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 9781582346182 (ISBN10: 1582346186)

Rating: 3.78


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About the Author

Chelsea Handler is a rising star in the entertainment industry, known for her versatility and sought-after talent. In 2007, she burst onto the late-night talk show scene with her E! Entertainment series, Chelsea Lately, which continues to be the network’s highest-rated program.

The show provides a refreshing and humorous take on celebrity news and hot topics of the day, challenging perceptions of traditional talk shows.

Handler’s impact extends beyond her on-screen presence. Chelsea Lately boasts an unprecedented achievement in the late-night arena, with five female writers accounting for half of its writing staff.

This recognition highlights Handler’s commitment to challenging gender norms and paving the way for women in the industry.

Aside from her television success, Handler is also a best-selling author. In 2010, she made headlines when her three books held the top three spots on the Best Seller list.

Her book, Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, debuted at #1 in 2008 and has been a bestseller for 80 weeks.

Handler’s tireless work ethic and versatility are evident in her 21-city comedy tour, “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang,” sponsored by Belvedere Vodka. The tour sold out immediately, prompting Live Nation to add 15 more shows.

As a comedian, Handler delivers a sharp and fearless combination of honesty, irony, and self-deprecation, leaving no shortage of material.

Handler’s roots in both stand-up comedy and television are evident in her past work, including her four-season stint on Oxygen’s Girls Behaving Badly and her role as host of the E! series, The Chelsea Handler Show. With her unparalleled talent and drive, Handler is poised to continue making waves in the entertainment industry.

Editoral Review

Chelsea Handler’s My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands is a comedic memoir that explores the author’s wild and promiscuous youth, full of alcohol, drugs, and an array of sexual partners. Originally published in 2004, Handler’s book is part of a larger genre of humorous memoirs that embrace sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.

In this collection, Handler presents a series of true stories that follow her from one sexual escapade to another, with each chapter recounting a different one-night stand. While some of the stories are funny and entertaining, others are crude and vulgar, relying heavily on shock-value humor.

Handler’s writing style is conversational and witty, with her humor often veering into biting and crude territory. The book is not without its limitations.

The premise of the book – a series of one-night stands – lacks a clear plot structure or overarching theme, which can make the collection feel disjointed and disconnected. Handler’s humor, while often effective at making the reader laugh, occasionally crosses the line from edgy to offensive.

Despite its flaws, My Horizontal Life is an entertaining and easy read, providing a comical glimpse into Handler’s wild and rebellious past. It’s not for everyone, especially readers who are uncomfortable with graphic depictions of sex, but for those who enjoy raunchy, irreverent humor, this book will likely hit the mark.

Ultimately, My Horizontal Life is a fun, light-hearted read best suited for fans of Handler’s brand of humor. Readers looking for a more thought-provoking or substantial work may find this memoir lacking in depth or substance.

Overall, the book earns three out of five stars for its humor and entertainment value, but loses points for its lack of plot cohesion and occasionally offensive content.

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