Too much is not enough A memoir of fumbling toward adulthood

Andrew Rannells

Book - 2019

"From the star of Broadway's The Book of Mormon and HBO's Girls, the heartfelt and hilarious coming-of-age memoir of a Midwestern boy surviving bad auditions, bad relationships, and some really bad highlights as he chases his dreams in New York City."--Publisher's description.

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Genres
Autobiographies
Published
New York : Crown Archetype [2019]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
xii, 251 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780525574859
0525574859
Main Author
Andrew Rannells (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Readers may recognize Rannells from his role as Elijah on HBO's Girls and as part of the original cast of The Book of Mormon, but in this memoir, he introduces the person he was before his first big break. Chronicling his early life in Omaha, and the seven years after his move to New York City in 1997, Rannells recounts the heartbreaks and missteps on the path to his debut role on Broadway. Fueling his prose with pop-culture references, he verbalizes feelings of insecurity with shocking poise as he describes being left adrift in a new city, and even maintains an affable tone when discussing devastating life events, such as his grandmother's progressive dementia and the death of his father. As Rannells takes readers through gigs lost and friends made, they gain a multidimensional picture of this talented actor-cum-writer while also enjoying a number of laughs along the way. This is certain to resonate with all those brave enough to leave their comfort zones in pursuit of their dreams, and it is clear Rannells still has more stories yet to tell. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Rannells arrived in New York City from Omaha in 1997 and has since been nominated for two Tonys (for The Book of Mormon and Falsettos) and caught everyone's eye playing Elijah Krantz in Girls. Along the way, there were auditions (good and bad), wild times (good and bad), and heartbreak as well as triumph for a young man hungry to experience anything. Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The star of Broadway's "The Book of Mormon" and HBO's "Girls" presents a coming-of-age memoir that recounts how as a fiercely ambitious but sexually confused Midwestern teen he haphazardly pursued his theatrical dreams in 1997 New York City.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"From the star of Broadway's The Book of Mormon and HBO's Girls, the heartfelt and hilarious coming-of-age memoir of a Midwestern boy surviving bad auditions, bad relationships, and some really bad highlights as he chases his dreams in New York City."--Publisher's description.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The star of Broadway's The Book of Mormon and HBO's Girls presents a heartfelt coming-of-age memoir that recounts how, as a fiercely ambitious but sexually confused Midwestern teen, he haphazardly pursued his theatrical dreams in 1997 New York City.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

From the star of Broadway's The Book of Mormon and HBO's Girls, the heartfelt and hilarious coming-of-age memoir of a Midwestern boy surviving bad auditions, bad relationships, and some really bad highlights as he chases his dreams in New York City'Candid, funny, crisp . . . honest and tender about lessons of the heart.''VogueNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPRWhen Andrew Rannells left Nebraska for New York City in 1997, he, like many young hopefuls, saw the city as a chance to break free. To start over. To transform the fiercely ambitious but sexually confused teenager he saw in the mirror into the Broadway leading man of his dreams.In Too Much Is Not Enough, Rannells takes us on the journey of a twentysomething hungry to experience everything New York has to offer: new friends, wild nights, great art, standing ovations. At the heart of his hunger lies a powerful drive to reconcile the boy he was when he left Omaha with the man he desperately wants to be.As Rannells fumbles his way towards the Great White Way, he also shares the drama of failed auditions and behind-the-curtain romances, the heartbreak of losing his father at the height of his struggle, and the exhilaration of making his Broadway debut in Hairspray at the age of twenty-six. Along the way, he learns that you never really leave your past'or your family'behind; that the most painful, and perversely motivating, jobs are the ones you almost get; and that sometimes the most memorable nights with friends are marked not by the trendy club you danced at but by the recap over diner food afterward.Honest and hilarious, Too Much Is Not Enough is an unforgettable look at love, loss, and the powerful forces that determine who we become.