American on Purpose : The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-01-01
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications
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In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the entertainment capital of the world. Along the way he stumbled through several attempts to make his mark-as a punk rock musician, a modern dancer, a bouncer, a construction worker and a stand-up comedian. To numb the pain of failure, Ferguson found comfort in drugs and alcohol, addictions that eventually led to an aborted suicide attempt. (He forgot to do it when someone offered him a beer.) But his story has a happy ending: in 1993, the washed up Ferguson washed up in the United States-which, from the age of seven, he had always seen as a beacon of goodness and possibility. Finally sober, Ferguson landed a breakthrough role on the hit sitcom The Drew Carey Show, a success that eventually led to his current starring role as the host of CBS's The Late Late Show. By far Ferguson's greatest triumph was his decision to become a U.S. citizen, a milestone he achieved in early 2008, just before his command performance...

Author Biography

Craig Ferguson is the host of The Late Late Show. He is the author of the novel Between the Bridge and the River and lives in Los Angeles, California.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
A Seat at the Tablep. 1
Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylorp. 8
The Atticp. 14
Astronautp. 19
James the Firstp. 25
Brick Housep. 31
Satori in Long Islandp. 35
Running the Gauntletp. 43
Eldoradop. 52
The Filth and the Furyp. 59
The Real Worldp. 66
Love and Sexp. 72
Dreamboyp. 77
Art Schoolp. 81
A Clever and Patient Monsterp. 89
Trippingp. 94
Annep. 101
New Yorkp. 107
Adventures in the Big Cityp. 114
Setting the Tonep. 122
The Gong Showp. 129
The Rise of (Bing) Hitlerp. 135
Edinburgh, 1986p. 140
On the Trainp. 146
Jimmy's Weddingp. 154
The Aspirations of a Phony Englishmanp. 158
The End of Dazep. 167
Rehabp. 173
Rebootp. 179
Buying a Knifep. 185
Providencep. 190
Scottish Womenp. 195
Dudley and Jadisp. 202
The Aspirations of a Phony Frenchmanp. 207
The Fat Man, the Gay Man, Vampires, and Marriagep. 213
America the Beautifulp. 219
Success and Failurep. 224
Fatherp. 229
Crashp. 233
Between the Bridge and the Riverp. 237
Latecomerp. 242
Riding the Passp. 250
Feeding the Beastp. 254
Settling Downp. 260
American on Purposep. 263
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