Thursday, November 6, 2014

Book Review and Giveaway: I Don’t Know What You Know Me From (Confessions of a Co-Star)

By Sara Steven

**Giveaway is now closed**

When I first saw Judy Greer on the big screen, I was watching What Women Want. She’s Erin the file girl, and I remember thinking, “Who’s that actress? What else have I seen her in?” I had the same reaction when I saw The Wedding Planner, and 13 Going on 30. It would be insanely hard not to take notice of the fantastic acting chops Greer possesses. Even when she’s devilishly bitchy like in "13." Only problem is, I still didn’t know her name. Not even after seeing her in Arrested Development (I was late to the game and watched it all for the first time on Netflix), or in the recent Sprint commercials. My husband is a huge fan of Archer and even he had no clue who does the voice of Cheryl!

We’re not alone. In I Don’t Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star, Greer fills us in on what it’s like to be highly recognizable but not well known. People approach her all the time and want to know what movies she’s been in, and she takes it in stride, even when they suggest a film she’s never been in but swears they’ve seen her in. Reading her confessions is like sitting down with your best friend on a lazy Sunday afternoon, eating pizza and ice cream straight out of the carton and discovering just what makes Greer so undeniably cool. From her childhood in Michigan to the time she spent peeing in a stall next to Jennifer Lopez, or the unfortunate mishaps during an Oscar night, there is no sugar coating what Greer experiences. It’s blunt and very real. And quirky, just like you’d imagine her to be. Who would have known how obsessed she is with Target? The fact that she’s very down to earth despite the fame makes her super likeable.

This book is written in essay format and focuses more on Greer’s experiences, not on dishing the dirt. Don’t expect a cheap, grossly exaggerated tell-all. It gives you just enough to whet that celebrity gossip palate without going overboard or taking away from it’s primary objective: making you laugh, and learning a lot more about the girl who is everyone’s best friend.

Visit Judy on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks to Penguin Random House, we have TEN copies for readers in the US!

How to win:
Please tell us your favorite obscure celebrity (the ones who you see in movies or TV shows but can't seem to place a name with their face).

One entry per person.

Entries without contact information (e-mail address, Twitter account, Facebook page, etc.) will NOT be counted (and we do NOT count "Google +" as contact information).

US only. Giveaway ends November 11th at midnight EST.

32 comments:

MAS Bookworm said...

Natlie Portman I guess?... Masbookworm@aol.com

Allison Smith said...

This book is on my to-red list. I love Judy Greer!

Bonnie Franks said...

Kelly can't remember her last name from Big Bang Theory.

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susieqlaw said...

Ione Skye
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Shelby N. said...

Hmmm..good question. Judy probably would be one! I know I've seen her in lots but can never remember exactly what!

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rubynreba said...

In old western movies it seems like one of the bad guys is always familiar but I don't know his name!
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Bridget Taylor said...

Laurie Metcalf. She was Roseanne's sister. She is in a new show. Tried to tell my husband about her the other day, could not remember her name.

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Linda Kish said...

I usually don't know their names either. And, that would count for oh, so many actors. I can't place them. There are a lot on Law & Order that guest star but again, I don't know their names. Like Rainn Wison. He's been in ton's of things but, nope, I never get it right.

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Jessica said...

The medical examiner in the tv show Forgotten. I don't know her name but she has been on many shows.

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Bonnie K. said...

The actor that I liked in a doctor show that was cancelled is now in Big Stone Gap. I couldn't remember his name until I saw an article. It's Patrick Wilson.

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Jessica Meddick said...

I'm going to say Judy Greer because I loved her in Arrested Development but I never knew what her name was until I read this post about her, haha.

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Ruth Mazur said...

Mae Whitman from Parenthood

Bridget O'Neill said...

Judy Greer, of course, and also Heather Burns, who played Miss Rhode Island in Miss Congeniality!

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Kristin Jones said...

I love seeing major actors back in their obscure days, when they were guest starring as the murder victims! Fun to back track and see their less glamorous roles.

I loved Justin Chambers in The Wedding Planner before Grey's Anatomy.

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Tami said...

Malin Ackerman although I think she is becoming more popular.

Carl Scott said...

Cool question, I'm terrible with that kind of stuff. I used to have trouble with Harvey Keitel but I finally got him figured out. Now it's just everybody else.

Carl Scott said...

Duh: carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

jpetroroy said...

Malin Ackerman
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Patricia said...
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Patricia said...

Josh Malina. He's on Scandal now and was on the great Sports Night.

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Anonymous said...

Nick Searcy...no idea who he is, right? He's the guy who played Tom Hanks' best friend in Castaway, was in One Hour Photo with Robin Williams, and recently in Justified. But I bet you still have no idea who he is.

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traveler said...

Brie Larson. Great. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

Sally Hawkins is my choice. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Holly said...

I've got two: Alessandro Nivola and Rebecca Hall.

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Kimberly V said...

This book sounds so fun. My answer would probably be Cillian Murphy.
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trisha chev said...

I would have said Judy Greer, but thats already covered. So I would say Janina Gavankar, I see her all the time in The League, but then always have to google it when I see her in other shows like The Arrow, or The Mysteries of Laura

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Heather said...

J.K. Simmons - I see him everywhere!
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Rhonda G said...

rhondajgothier@yahoo.com

Toby Maguire....not sure everyone remembers him!

Tiffany Yates Martin said...

I would love to read this! There's a movie called "That Guy...Who Was in That Thing" that's about the actors you know by face but not by name. For me it's Austin Pendleton, J. K. Simmons, David Paymer, John Michael Higgins.

Isabella Louise Anderson said...

Kyra Sedgwick! I can never remember her name.

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Lucie Simone said...

Living in Los Angeles, I run into actors whose faces I know, but not their names all the time. Whenever this happens, I always want to say hi to them because they seem like an old friend whom I've lost touch with over the years. But I practice restraint and just smile and nod. They usually respond in kind. Judy Greer, on the other hand, I have never run into, which is crazy because she is everywhere!

Melissa said...

Thanks for participating and telling us your favorite obscure celebrities.
Most of my favorite obscure celebrities are usually long-term guest stars on my favorite shows.

Thanks to Penguin Random House for sharing the book with our winners.

Random.org picked 10 winners from all entries with contact info (one entry per person).

Congrats to:
Kimberly V
jpetroroy
rubynreba
Carl Scott
Bridget Taylor
Bonnie Franks
Isabella Louise Anderson
MAS Bookworm
Bonnie K
petite