I’m Just a Person

  • Author Tig Notaro
  • Narrator Tig Notaro
  • Publisher Pan Macmillan
  • Run Time 5 hours and 15 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Biography: general.

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What to expect

In the span of four months in 2012, Tig Notaro was hospitalized for a debilitating intestinal disease called C. diff, her mother unexpectedly died, she went through a breakup, and then she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. Hit with this devastating barrage, Tig took her grief onstage. Days after receiving her cancer diagnosis, she broke new comedic ground, opening an unvarnished set with the words: ‘Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you? Hi, how are you? Is everybody having a good time? I have cancer.’ The set instantly went viral, and was ultimately released as Tig’s sophomore album, Live, which sold one hundred thousand units in just six weeks and was later nominated for a Grammy.

Now, the wildly popular star takes stock of that no good, very bad year – a difficult yet astonishing period in which tragedy turned into absurdity and despair transformed into joy. An inspired combination of the deadpan silliness of her comedy and the open-hearted vulnerability that has emerged in the wake of that dire time, I’m Just a Person is a moving and often hilarious look at this very brave, very funny woman’s journey into the darkness and her thrilling return from it.

Critics Review

  • The book is heartbreaking, and brilliant, and funny. . . it’s fantastic.

    Ellen Degeneres
  • Notaro’s thrilling, candid, and hilarious memoir is a provocative and convincing rallying cry to seize the day

    Booklist
  • I’m Just a Person will make you laugh, or cry, or both.

    Marie Claire
  • A tragedy turned into a thing of beauty

    Elle UK
  • Notaro’s story is funny not because it’s true (although it is), but because it’s told by the world-class stand-up with wit and vulnerability.

    O Magazine
  • Anyone who can write a sharply funny-and bravely optimistic-story about losing her mother, going through a break up, and being diagnosed with breast cancer all in the span of four months is an absolute heroine in our book. All hail, Tig Notaro!

    Glamour

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