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Failure Is an Option: An Attempted Memoir
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“Writing this funny requires immense talent.”
AV Club
H. Jon Benjamin—the lead voice behind Archer and Bob's Burgers—helps us all feel a little better about our own failures by sharing his own in a hilarious memoir-ish chronicle of failure.

Most people would consider H. Jon Benjamin a comedy show business success. But he'd like to remind everyone that as great as success can be, failure is also an option. And maybe the best option. In this book, he tells stories from his own life, from his early days ("wherein I'm unable to deliver a sizzling fajita") to his romantic life ("how I failed to quantify a threesome") to family ("wherein a trip to P.F. Chang's fractures a family") to career ("how I failed at launching a kid's show").
As Jon himself says, breaking down one's natural ability to succeed is not an easy task, but also not an insurmountable one. Society as we know it is, sadly, failure averse. But more acceptance of failure, as Jon sees it, will go a long way to making this world a different place . . . a kinder, gentler place, where gardens are overgrown and most people stay home with their pets. A vision of failure, but also a vision of freedom.
With stories, examples of artistic and literary failure, and a powerful can't-do attitude, Failure Is an Option is the book the world doesn't need right now but will get regardless.

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H. Jon Benjamin. (2018). Failure Is an Option: An Attempted Memoir. Unabridged Books on Tape.

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“Writing this funny requires immense talent.”
AV Club
H. Jon Benjamin—the lead voice behind Archer and Bob's Burgers—helps us all feel a little better about our own failures by sharing his own in a hilarious memoir-ish chronicle of failure.

Most people would consider H. Jon Benjamin a comedy show business success. But he'd like to remind everyone that as great as success can be, failure is also an option. And maybe the best option. In this book, he tells stories from his own life, from his early days ("wherein I'm unable to deliver a sizzling fajita") to his romantic life ("how I failed to quantify a threesome") to family ("wherein a trip to P.F. Chang's fractures a family") to career ("how I failed at launching a kid's show").
As Jon himself says, breaking down one's natural ability to succeed is not an easy task, but also not an insurmountable one. Society as we know it is, sadly, failure averse. But more acceptance of failure, as Jon sees it, will go a long way to making this world a different place . . . a kinder, gentler place, where gardens are overgrown and most people stay home with their pets. A vision of failure, but also a vision of freedom.
With stories, examples of artistic and literary failure, and a powerful can't-do attitude, Failure Is an Option is the book the world doesn't need right now but will get regardless.
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        Benjamin, comedian and star of animated shows Archer and Bob's Burgers, presents a brief and very funny account of how his life's failures added up to an accidentally successful career. Each chapter recounts a different stage of failure in Benjamin's life: failing to have a childhood sleepover, neglecting to have a successful threesome in college, going on unsatisfying vacations with his partner in which they might or might not have been at risk of being eaten by a bear, failing to purchase a motorcycle on eBay (he did eventually ride it for 45 seconds), and one spectacularly vivid scatological disaster attending his first press event as a TV star. Interludes among the biographical material include pitches for failed books, undesirable strains of marijuana, and a running gag in which Benjamin writes to history professors begging them to write part of his book for him so he can make his deadline. Benjamin's narration makes the text feel like a one-man show. VERDICT A fun glimpse into the personal life of a much-beloved cartoon voice actor that will appeal to fans of comic memoirs such as recent works by John Hodgman or Tiffany Haddish.--Jason Puckett, Georgia State Univ. Lib., Atlanta

        Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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AV Club
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