Man Up!

Man Up!

Tales of My Delusional Self-confidence

Book - 2013
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In this hilarious and inspirational memoir, Ross Mathews-best known as "Ross the Intern" from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno-chronicles his life growing up as an atypical kid in a small Northwestern farm town to living as an atypical adult in Los Angeles, to eventually being his loud, proud, apologetically genuine self on national television.

As a young kid growing up in a farm town, Ross Mathews might as well have wished for a pet unicorn or a calorie-free cookie tree to grow in his front yard. Either of those far-fetched fantasies would have been more likely to come true than his real dream: working in television in Hollywood, California. Seriously, that stuff just doesn't happen to people like Ross. But guess what? It totally did.

Now, with his first book, Ross takes us inside his journey as a super-fan, revealing the most embarrassing and hilarious moments of his small-town life and big-city adventures. From learning to swear like a hardened trucker to that time in high school when had to face down the most frightening opponent of all (his girlfriend's lady bits), Ross holds nothing back. Oh, then there's his surprisingly shady past involving the cutest pair of plus-sized women's pajama bottoms, deliciously dangerous pot butter, and embezzled sandwiches. And, of course, how he's managed to turn an obsession with pop-culture into one-on-one interactions with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Tiffani-Amber Theissen, Madonna, Michelle Kwan, and countless more without ever having a single restraining order issued against him.

Infused with Ross's trademark humor, unique voice, and total honesty, Man Up! is a mission statement for anyone who doesn't fit the mold. His hasn't been the most traditional way to build a career in Hollywood, but Ross has somehow managed to make his mark without ever compromising who he is. He is as serious about this as he is about Golden Girls trivia: You don't need to change who you are to achieve your dreams (although there's nothing wrong with a makeover every now and then). You just need to Man Up!

Publisher: New York : Grand Central, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781455501809
Characteristics: xvi, 216 pages ;,22 cm.

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May 30, 2015

I don't watch TV, and I had never heard of Ross Mathews before reading this book, but that didn't stop me from enjoying his blend of camp and candour. Except for a regrettable insult to an unfortunately-named figure-skater, Mathews is seldom mean-spirited. He is refreshingly honest about his celebrity worship and wonderfully comfortable with his homosexual identity. He did not come easily to his current state of casual self-acceptance. I was touched by his description of his family. I loved the story of how he dealt with his first homophobic insult: he is a realistic role model for the unassertive.

Chelsea Handler's afterword is peculiar and self-referential. Gwyneth Paltrow has written a good-natured, affectionate foreword.

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arburkholder19
Oct 17, 2013

I loved this book. I am a big fan of Ross Matthews anyway, but his stories are fun. I read the entire book in an octive higher, just because these words are straight (I use the term lightly) from Ross' mouth.

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JudithE
Sep 28, 2013

Cute and fluffy.

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Basileus
Sep 16, 2013

Matthews is a familiar side-kick to the likes of Jay Leno and Chelsea Handler. He relates anecdotes about his childhood and how he broke into the Hollywood business first as an intern, then as an on air correspondent. Has some interesting tales about meeting Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and a few others. No trash talking though. That's not this kind of book, but good for a laugh.

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