By Craig Ferguson
In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson grants a relocating and achingly humorous memoir of dwelling the yank dream as he trips from the suggest streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. alongside the way in which he stumbles via numerous makes an attempt to make his mark—as a punk rock musician, a building employee, a bouncer, and, tragically, a latest dancer.
To numb the ache of failure, Ferguson discovered convenience in medications and alcohol, addictions that at last ended in an aborted suicide test. (He forgot to do it while somebody provided him a tumbler of sherry.) yet his tale has a cheerful finishing: in 1993, the washed-up Ferguson washed up within the usa. eventually sober, Ferguson landed a step forward half at the hit sitcom The Drew Carey Show, successful that finally resulted in his position because the host of CBS's The overdue past due Show. by means of a ways Ferguson's maximum triumph used to be his determination to turn into a U.S. citizen, a milestone he accomplished in early 2008, in advance of his command functionality for the president on the White apartment Correspondents' organization Dinner. In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson talks a crimson, white, and blue streak approximately every little thing our Founding Fathers feared.
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American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot by Craig Ferguson