American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an by Craig Ferguson

By Craig Ferguson

In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson promises a relocating and achingly humorous memoir of dwelling the yankee 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 soreness of failure, Ferguson came upon convenience in medicines and alcohol, addictions that finally resulted in an aborted suicide test. (He forgot to do it while an individual provided him a pitcher of sherry.) yet his tale has a contented finishing: luck at the hit sitcom The Drew Carey Show, and later because the host of CBS's Late past due Show. by means of some distance Ferguson's maximum triumph used to be his choice to turn into a U.S. citizen, a milestone he accomplished in early 2008.

In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson talks a purple, white, and blue streak approximately every little thing our Founding Fathers feared.

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Next to the toilet bowl in that bathroom was a little door, and that little door led to the attic. We loved the attic. It was barely the size of a cupboard but roomy enough to fit four kids and some toys, and it was given over to the exclusive use of the children. We crammed ourselves in there for hours on end, hours that went on for years. The attic was about us talking nonsense, fighting, laughing, and playing. Experiments could be carried out away from harsh parental glare. With the help of a cheap chemistry set my brother and I created the worst smell in the world, yet to be topped in my opinion.

The 1950s promise of a “New Dawn” and of a peacetime economic recovery had inspired a generation of architects and engineers. They had schemes for the proles. Housing schemes—vast areas of cheap matchbox houses with none of the attendant luxuries of urban life, like a cinema or a store or a library, just miles of miserable towers built on the edge of the city. They looked and felt not unlike the projects on the outskirts of Moscow or East Berlin, with the added bonus of the damp Scottish climate to up the ante of misery.

We met José Andrés, the celebrity chef, who seemed to me as if he’d been hanging around the open bar too long and was banging on in a thick Spanish accent about the wonderful world of tapas. We met a few more broadcasters and White House types whose names now escape me, and then all of a sudden we were standing in front of Mr. and Mrs. Cheney and being introduced. I felt a little awkward; I’m always a bit shy around evil people, so Megan took the lead. She has a knack for dealing with difficult men and is very knowledgeable about fine art, having worked for a time as an art dealer in New York.

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