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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!
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Ross Mathews grew up in Mount Vernon, WA. He began his television career on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" in 2001 where he remains as a correspondent. Additionally, he is a regular roundtable comic and occasional guest-host on E!'s "Chelsea Lately", as well as a red carpet staple on E!. He resides in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with his partner, Salvador, and their two teeny tiny perfect puppies. To learn more, check out HelloRoss.com, Facebook.com/officialrossfanpage, and Twitter @helloross.From Publishers Weekly:
Former Tonight Show with Jay Leno intern Ross Matthews offers this hilarious account of his rise to success and stardom. With his trademark high-pitched voice and girlish laugh, Matthews is on fire from start to finish in this inspired reading that covers everything from anecdotes about growing up in smalltown U.S.A. to the author's early days in Hollywood. Matthews's passion and drive are present in his enthusiastic delivery—which may cause some listeners to turn the volume down a notch. The narrator's giddiness and excitement about where he's come from, how he got there, and where he intends to go are contagious. A Grand Central hardcover. (May)
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Book Description Little, Brown Company, United States, 2013. CD-Audio. Condition: New. Unabridged edition. Language: English . Brand New. Some people call what happened to me a lucky break. Sort of, but I don t really believe in luck. I believe in Oprah, which is why I quote her all the time. I once heard her say, There s no such thing as luck. Luck is when opportunity meets preparation. In his first book, Ross Mathews tells readers what it means to man up - to realise, no matter how hard you may hope against hope, you are what you are. The sooner you stop being embarassed about what makes you unique and start embracing and celebrating what makes you special, the closer you get to living the life of your dreams.Admittedly still a work-in-progress, Ross recounts how he s benefitted from this frame of mind his whole life. From 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, unapologetically genuine self on national television. Laugh-out-loud funny and filled with Ross s signature wit and wisdom, MAN UP! is not to be missed. Seller Inventory # BZE9781619696327
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