"You're Not Doing It Right" is Michael Ian Black's take on marriage, sex, death and other humiliations.

I’m a big fan of Michael Ian Black, but I’ve found that a lot of people have trouble placing him. You may know him as that guy from that show Ed that was on forever ago; he was in “Wet Hot American Summer,” and starred in his own show, Michael & Michael Have Issues, with  Michael Showalter, his co-star in legendary ’90s sketch comedy group, The State.

His most recent work is “You’re Not Doing It Right,” which I would now classify as one of my favorite memoirs. The best thing about this collection of essays is that Michael Ian Black is honest. Brutally honest. It’s both refreshing and hilarious. Sometimes he and his wife, Martha, say “I hate you” to each other. They have screaming matches over ridiculous things, and neither is so sure that marriage should be forever. But it’s not always like that. In fact, it’s clear that Michael and Martha do love each other, and they’re actually in it for the long haul. My favorite passage in the book seems to sum up Black’s whole attitude about where he is in life:

Now that I am here, I can’t help but think that forty should feel different. Different how? I don’t know. More serious, maybe. More competent, for sure. I never imagined after all these years I would still feel so hopelessly and radically stupid. About everything. Paying bills, fixing things, giving good advice to my children, my herky-jerky career. All manner of useful knowledge espaces me. When I hear Martha or the kids start to ask a quesiton, I feel my stomach clench, because I know the answer before they ask. The answer is, “I don’t know.”

    “How do you change the air filter downstairs?”

    “I don’t know.”

    “What is your schedule next week?”

    “I don’t know.”

    “Dad…?”

    “I don’t know.”

How does one survive for forty years knowing as little as I do?  I dont know.

Don’t miss other funny celebrity audiobook memoirs read by their respective authors*:

Bossypants” by Tina Fey

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?” by Mindy Kaling

Seriously…I’m Kidding” by Ellen DeGeneres

Stories I Only Tell My Friends” by Rob Lowe

If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t)” by Betty White

Mr. Funny Pants” by Michael Showalter

*Title availability may vary by geographic location.


Karen Donovan is a collection development associate at OverDrive

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