So funny you almost feel guilty laughing Reuters The funniest thing we ve ever read InStyle Very funny Jane s got a death wish Matt Stone, co creator of South Park This is one of the funniest books I ve read for a long while Sunday Times This book will change your life Mirror five stars After scriptwriter Jane Bussmann moves to Hollywood, she re So funny you almost feel guilty laughing Reuters The funniest thing we ve ever read InStyle Very funny Jane s got a death wish Matt Stone, co creator of South Park This is one of the funniest books I ve read for a long while Sunday Times This book will change your life Mirror five stars After scriptwriter Jane Bussmann moves to Hollywood, she realizes her day job interviewing celebrities sucks She goes to Africa in search of a dreamy activist and ends up uncovering Joseph Kony s crimes.
A Journey to the Dark Heart of Nameless Unspeakable Evil Charities Hollywood Joseph Kony and Other Abominations So funny you almost feel guilty laughing Reuters The funniest thing we ve ever read InStyle Very funny Jane s got a death wish Matt Stone co creator of South Park This is one of the funniest books I
When I first read this irreverent, eye-opening memoir in 2009 it had a different and I think slightly better title, The Worst Date Ever: War Crimes, Hollywood Heart-Throbs and Other Abominations, but after reading a review of it in the Sunday Times Literary Supplement I had to order my copy from because it wasn’t out in the US. Now with this revised title it’s available stateside, and after scan reading through an advanced review copy of the new version it looks like it’s largely the same [...]
This is an occasionally laugh-out-loud hilarious book about genocide and the mass kidnappings and rape of tens of thousands of Ugandan children. If you're still with me after that description, know that it's also about well-intentioned but misguided Western governmental interference in African affairs, a Useless Person learning how to become Useful, and Ashton Kutcher. Clearly it's a bit piecemeal, a collage of assorted ideas with ragged edges sewn together. But its main conceit is Jane Bussmann [...]
Get this book and put it in your face.Jane Bussmann is a British comedy writer/celebrity journalist who, after having a bit of crisis in her life, decides to become a Useful Person and tries to follow human rights activist (a very hot human rights activist) John Prendergast to Uganda to write about his work. She does this by not really knowing what she needs to do this. She’s never worked as a foreign correspondent. I feel like this probably makes her the best person for the job.Ms. Bussmann d [...]
Normally, every book I read reminds me of a couple of others I've read or have heard about. This was not the case with A Journey to the Dark Heart of Nameless Unspeakable Evil. It's hard to describe this book, and I can't imagine which section you would find it in a bookstore. Fortunately, author Jane Bussmann tackles that problem towards the end of the book when she tells of trying to pitch the story as a Hollywood movie. It's "Romancing the Stone meets Bridget Jones's Diary meets Private Benja [...]
The first. 50 pages, I thought I could never finish this book, very sarcastic potty mouth humor, but then when she goes to Uganda, the humor gets mixed with pathos and I totally enjoyed her way of telling the story
I had originally became interested in this book when the author did an interview on MSNBC's Morning Joe (a fixture in my morning routine), and was very excited to receive a digital copy from Netgalley for review. Unfortunately, my enthusiasm for the book ends there.The author of the book, Jane Bussman, is/was a celebrity journalist who develops a crush on well-respected peace activist, John Pendergrast (aka Former Director of African Affairs for the National Security Council). In an attempt to f [...]
For full review:justaddchampagne/2After scriptwriter Jane Bussmann moves to Hollywood, she realizes her day job interviewing celebrities sucks. She goes to Africa in search of a dreamy activist and ends up uncovering Joseph Kony's crimes. - .I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.So, my addiction to reading things about Africa is what drew me to request this book. I had no idea who Jane Bussmann is. Still don't. I give this book 3 stars. It was funny. She is a very d [...]
I probably should have figured out I wasn't going to love this when I read the blurb on the front cover that boldy declares, "The funniest thing we've ever read[sic] InStyle UK". Ahhh, so people who either a)usually read nothing thicker than the September issue of Vogue or b) have probably worked with the author think it's hilarious? Why, it MUST BE SO.So the author starts off as an (appropriately) self-loathing celebrity 'journalist'. This 'job' basically consists of making shit up, paying othe [...]
Titles are so very important to me, as are covers of books. I expect to learn a lot about the story by the title that the author and/or publisher has chosen. Well, this title has absolutely nothing to do with author Jane Bussmann's memoir. At least as far as I can tell. I didn't finish this book and really didn't get much further than Chapter 12. Memoirs can be entertaining and enlightening, unfortunately, that wasn't the case with this book. Bussman rubbed elbows with many famous people during [...]
Jane Bussmann, a dispirited celebrity reporter with an irreverent sense of humor, decides to become one of the “useful people” after an encounter with Ashton Kutcher and his lawyer. She discovers a tireless human rights activist, John Prendergast, and doggedly pursues ventures that would allow her to write about his efforts in Africa. During her trip to Uganda, she discovers that the links between government, despotic rebel leaders and aid agencies are a bit more complicated and crooked than [...]
Comical Adventures of Hollywood Trash Reporter in Uganda War ZoneJane Bussman, who is British Hollywood trash tabloid reporter, develops obsession with John Prendergast, an American charity worker and activist and chases him to Uganda and the book is about her adventures in Uganda, some of them comical. She goes to Uganda trailing a good looking activist but ends up investigating a warlord. If the book were not quilted with lot of unnecessary prose, it will make a good reading. Bussman is a witt [...]
A blistering page-turner fuelled by rampant potty-humour, filth, and laser-sharp observation of a social and political climate in crisis. I loved the expose of Hollywoodism, and cried a bit at the sheer awfulness of the Ugandan situation, but never stopped laughing throughout, which sounds strange but is eminently achievable with this fine read! I read it in it's UK-release form 'The Worst Date Ever', and hoped against hope that this title was a new work. So sad it isn't, but having read the boo [...]
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)The concept of this book sounded really good: "When renegade British comedy writer Jane Bussmann found herself interviewing Hollywood celebrities for a day job, she fled to war-torn Uganda for a better life… and to seduce a sexy peacemaker."Sadly, the high expectations I obviously had for this book were just too great. I struggled through the first quarter of the book, reading about the life and times of a c [...]
Well I didnt know what I was letting myself in for when I chose this book to read, but what a cracker. this is a real gem and so hilarious, talk about nit picking with the celebrities. I didnt realize being a celebrity journalist would be so funny, not talking to celebs about religion, the reality of living in Los angeles and looking at their lives behind the scenes. How they down own their own house's but rent all the time and then have to find another in a different location, explains such a l [...]
Bussmann is a fabulous writer with great abilities with metaphors and images. I would have given the book five stars if not for the depressing subject matter of utter corruption in Uganda, which is unknowingly financed by unsuspecting nonprofits and well-meaning progressive organizations in the United States. Ultimately the corruption, lies, and physical violence she encounters take some of the joy out of the excellent writing.I definitely intend to read Bussmann's other books just to read her s [...]
Finished this one in more than a few days. How can such horrible, unfathomable awfulness be conveyed in a witty and funny manner? I don't know how she does it but she did. And now I know things I didn't really want to. The question is, now what. Can I be a Useful Person too, and make some sort of meaningful contribution to this conversation that can't go away? Please God/Allah/Yaweh/Krishna/Whateveryouare, make the awfulness stop.
If you really want to learn more about the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Central Africa, but need a healthy dose of snarky comedy to keep yourself from crying too hard to finish the book, read this. Or possibly Chelsea Handler's "Uganda Be Kidding Me." I haven't read that one, but those are probably at least the top two books in the coveted "Inappropriately Funny Books Written About Uganda by Female Comedians in 2014" category.
She reminds me of a tough, EXTREMELY street-saavy version of Lucy Worsley. Interestingly written book; I need to investigate further what impact she's been able to have with it. I still think she actually was/is smitten with Prendergast - behind every tough girl exterior lies great vulnerability.
This had some good laugh out loud moments.
Just couldn't get into it or finish it.
Awkwardly funny, yet disturbing account of a woman out of her element in Uganda. Alternately entertaining and important.