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By Craig Ferguson

ISBN-10: 0061885452

ISBN-13: 9780061885457

In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson can provide 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 best way he stumbles via a number of 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 chanced on 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 tumbler of sherry.) yet his tale has a cheerful finishing: in 1993, the washed-up Ferguson washed up within the usa. ultimately sober, Ferguson landed a step forward half at the hit sitcom The Drew Carey Show, a hit that at last resulted in his function because the host of CBS's The overdue overdue Show. by way of a ways Ferguson's maximum triumph used to be his selection to develop into a U.S. citizen, a milestone he accomplished in early 2008, earlier than his command functionality for the president on the White condo Correspondents' organization Dinner. In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson talks a purple, white, and blue streak approximately every thing our Founding Fathers feared.

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Not that I had any idea that's what I was doing. I just wanted to live in America and be cool and have adventures. It began with Eldorado. Not the lost city of gold. Another one. Eldorado, affectionately known as El-D, was a cheap fortified wine favored by low-end derelicts in Scotland in the 1970s and eighties. It was imported from South Africa in a flagrant disregard of the antiapartheid embargo. Not that many people who drank El-D really concerned themselves with the injustices of the political situation in the deep south of the Dark Continent.

If I was inclined to seek the company of a bunch of angry drunk women who hated me, wanted all my money, and were determined to tease me but not have sex with me, I would just open a bar in Edinburgh. When I got back to school, things were different. " A lot of the girls had changed shape too-radically-and seemed a lot more confident, sensing the power which they held over the drooling, awestruck boys. I gained a little notoriety by being the kid who'd gone to America, and a few of the real hard tickets, guys who were known psychopaths, like Shug McGhee and Billy Thompson, sought me out and included me in their grumpy little mob.

The Scots are born engineers, even in matters of intoxication. Eldorado, then, was my baptism by fire, the wretched preamble to my life as an active alcoholic. Stuart Calhoun and I were fourteen when we first observed the Friday-night tradition of drinking alcohol in the woods behind the school before heading off to the local YMCA disco-Cumbernauld's Studio 54 for the teenage fast set-and since the legal drinking age in Scotland is eighteen we obviously needed an older confederate to make the purchase for us.

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