Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography


Autobiography pick by Tara

Tired of memoirs that only tell you what really happened?

Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Then look no further than Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. You will be born in New Mexico. You will get your big break at an acting camp. You will get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan. Even better, at each critical juncture of your life, you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D. You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John’s yacht.

Choose correctly and you’ll find fame, fortune, and true love. Choose incorrectly and you’ll find misery, heartbreak, and a hideous death by piranhas. All this, plus magic tricks, cocktail recipes, embarrassing pictures from your time as a child actor, and even a closing song. Yes, if you buy one book this year, congratulations on being above the American average, but make that book Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography!

One of my favorite things about using Libby, our elibrary system, is listening to autobiographies read by the author. I love hearing them share their stories.
This one by NPH is very different as he’s made it a choose your own autobiography based on his childhood love of choose your own adventure books. But this format does not easily translate to audiobook so he’s had to revise it from the printed version. We do have it available in ebook format so you can choose how to adventure with Neil Patrick Harris.

This book is clever, witty and funny as you would expect from him. It is also loving, sad at times and so very honest. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about his journey from Doogie to Barney and everything in between, his childhood and parents to his lovely family he has with husband David Burtka. In my opinion it is worth checking out.20170296-1


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