Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded

Hannah Hart. Dey Street, $23.99 (272p) ISBN 978-0-06-245751-6
In her debut memoir, comedian Hart, host of the YouTube show My Drunk Kitchen, delves deep into her past, sharing her experiences with family, mental illness, sexuality, friendship, and love. Although she is currently living the life of a public figure, a fact that she teasingly points out throughout the piece, Hart focuses on her past; its complexities, juxtapositions, and contradictions make up the bulk of her entertaining and honest story. Hart exposes the hardest parts of her life: being gay with a Jehovah’s Witness father, growing up poor with a schizophrenic mother. These and other figures of her life could be easily demonized, but Hart allows them to emerge as complicated characters. Her paranoid mother is also intelligent, kind, gentle, and forgiving, and values family and art. Her homophobic and single-minded father gave her good home by certain standards, clean and with a fridge full of food. The topics are grim, but there is kindness in her story, and, most significantly, humor. Fans will be pleased that other stars such as comedian Grace Helbig make guest appearances, and, like a true role model, Hart uses her platform to raise awareness of the shortcomings of the current U.S. medical system in treating mental health. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/17/2016
Release date: 10/01/2016
Compact Disc - 978-1-4551-2384-1
Downloadable Audio - 978-0-06-256295-1
Compact Disc - 978-1-4417-1920-1
MP3 CD - 978-1-4417-1925-6
Paperback - 272 pages - 978-0-06-245752-3
Ebook - 272 pages - 978-0-06-245753-0
Show other formats
Discover what to read next