I just finished Andy Cohen's memoir Most Talkative (buy direct), and it was really an interesting book. First of all, Cohen is a VP at BravoTV and known for hosting the Real Housewives reunions. He's also a producer of the show. He's worked his way up in TV, and the stories he has about producing stories and interviewing people is really fascinating. Lots of good celeb gossip and background.
But there's more. Obviously, for me to mention any book here it has to be relevant to friendship, and in Most Talkative, Cohen wrote about the many friends that he has met and that have supported him over the years. He talks about coming out, how scared he was, and how each friend reacted. He also talked about the way he told each friend he was gay.
I was really blown away by the humor and honesty in the book, and was especially delighted to see Cohen stress the importance of the friendships in his life. I think as a person becomes famous, their friendships can help keep them grounded and also help them deal with the ugly side of fame. Cohen talks about the good and the bad about being famous, but spends most of the time giving readers a behind the scenes look at what it feels like to be him, to be surrounded by those crazy Housewives that we love so much and to be a part of pop culture.
While most memoirs can be really dull at times, Cohen's was filled with humor and self-awareness. I loved reading about someone that seemed to "get" it, meaning that he didn't come across as being filled with a huge ego. He knew his strengths and weaknesses and shared them equally. What's more, the lessons Most Talkative can share about friendship are especially important.
Here's what I took away from the book:
- Be yourself.
- Value your friends. Put the effort into keeping long-time friends and make an effort to meet new friends as well.
- Keep a sense of humor. It will help you get through the rough spots in life and put things in perspective.
- Every moment you've experienced has helped you get where you are right now.
- Admit your mistakes and learn from them.
Have you read Most Talkative yet? What did you think?