Aisha Tyler is a very funny woman. You might know her as the voice of Lana on the animated series Archer, or the current host of Whose Line is it Anyway?, or one of the panelists on The Talk, but you should now know her as the author of the excellent book Self Inflicted Wounds. The subtitle for this hilarious and meaningful exercise in schadenfreude is "Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation", which gives you an idea of what sort of personal exploits Aisha shares throughout the book. From horribly harming herself by playing on a dangerously broken hobby horse to setting an apartment on fire to joining an a capella group in college (long, long before the days of Glee making a capella slightly more socially acceptable) , each event is told with vivid detail, liberal applications of self-awareness, and a genuine sense of humor about it all.
The one thing you won't find, however, is a cautionary tale. That is not the point Aisha tries to make at all, in fact. She willingly bares her soul and her moments of extreme foolishness and stupidity to show how each incident helped shape her, refine her, and make her into what she is today. The book is a giant endorsement for going out, grabbing life by the horns, and seeing what happens. The mistakes, the pain, the embarrassment are all temporary, and a life lived is the only way to know how you actually want to be living. The book is highly recommended to anyone and everyone with a pulse and a sense of humor, though those readers with an aversion to salty language may want to pass.
Tim @ Central