• Miss Fortune

  • Fresh Perspectives on Having It All from Someone Who Is Not Okay
  • By: Lauren Weedman
  • Narrated by: Lauren Weedman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)

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Miss Fortune

By: Lauren Weedman
Narrated by: Lauren Weedman
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Publisher's Summary

Lauren Weedman is not okay. She's living what should be the good life in sunny Los Angeles. After a gig as a correspondent with The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, she scored parts in blockbuster movies, which led to memorable recurring roles on HBO's Hung and Looking. She had a loving husband and an adorable baby boy. In these comedic essays, she turns a piercingly observant, darkly funny lens on the ways her life is actually not okay. She tells the story of her husband's affair with their babysitter, her first and only threesome, a tattoo gone horribly awry, and how the birth of her son caused mama drama with her own mother and birth mother with laugh-out-loud wit and a powerful undercurrent of vulnerability that pulls off a stunning balance between comedy and tragedy.

©2016 Lauren Weedman (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Weedman's charm and self-deprecating humor easily draw the reader in, and her willingness to tangle with hard truths make this a deeply affecting account of salvaging a life from wreckage." ( Publishers Weekly)

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I heard Lauren on a podcast talking about the book. The conversation about the book made it seem to be it was about the affair. I will say the story she told on the podcast made it very interesting and I was very intrigued. As I'm Listening to the podcast, it jumps around a lot then to only cover the affair briefly. The book is more about her life journey with an affair happened to be just another aspect of her life. It was a good read and I enjoy the audio version. A lot of one liners and awkward jokes. Good but kind of boring compared to the podcast.

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Moving, funny, fascinating

This is one of the best comedic collection of personal stories I’ve listened to. Heartfelt ad filled with interesting characters and tales from a performer, but mostly a human being’s life. Her observations on the humanity she’s encountered and experienced in her life is a perfect balance of witty and loving. Highly recommended

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funny, sad and endearing.

What made the experience of listening to Miss Fortune the most enjoyable?

Really good voices! Hilarious.

Have you listened to any of Lauren Weedman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Love L.W.! -Seen several of her one-woman shows- catch one if you can; they are funny. This was similar, with her reading.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending was sweet and weird and uplifting.

Any additional comments?

I'd def buy another book of hers. Very fun.

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relatable -

I wasn't sure at first and sometimes I got a little lost in the situations and it's time lines - but relatable even in situations that weren't ones of my own. I appreciate the author and her wit and openness to her life that would cause vulnerability.