Chelsea Handler’s Uganda Be Kidding Me

I’ve always been a fan of Chelsea Handler and her books. I’ve read a few of her books already and was excited to read her latest one, Uganda Be Kidding Me.

18127101In this book she talks about her travels to Africa, Telluride, the Bahamas, and Switzerland and other places. She has hilarious and outrageous stories of taking a London lover she met on the street, her bowel movements emergencies in the Bahamas, getting lost in the snow in Montana while skiing, and losing her dog while traveling.


She travels with her family, makeup artists, and long time friends who are all characters. The antics they get up to when they travel is so entertaining. Chelsea shares very candid and real photos of her and her entourage traveling without makeup on. She is so vocal and I love that about her and her humor.



I always enjoy reading her books and this one did not disappoint. She’s as funny as she always is. Plus it’s fun to imagine and see what it would be like to have a rich friend who pays for your trip on an African safari and flies in private jets. Definitely recommend this book to Chelsea fans and anyone who wants a good laugh.


My Inappropriate Life by Heather McDonald




“My Inappropriate Life,” by Heather McDonald is a fun read, which is what I wanted and was expecting. Heather used to be a regular on Chelsea Lately and After Lately. She is a a stand up comedienne based out of LA. I love Chelsea Handler and her friends on her show. I recently read Jen Kirkman’s book, ” I Can Only Take Care of Myself,” she was also a regular on those shows.


In this book Heather talks about her life with her husband and three kids and what it’s like to be a comedienne on a cable show. She recounts stories of when she gets recognized in person in the age of social media. She also name drops a bunch which is funny and interesting. Chelsea Handler is friends with Jennifer Aniston and Heather is friends with Kris Jenner. It’s a fun look into the life of a comedy star and the company she keeps.

She, like most moms, deals with the guilt of being a working mom and the shaming from other stay at home moms. She navigates life as a soccer mom, and trying to find other couples to drink wine with and hang out in the pool with the kids.

One of my favorite things in this book was that she made references to the Bachelor show and her thoughts about it. It’s a guilty pleasure of mine so I love hearing other people’s opinions about it as well.

I really like that she is so honest about her thoughts in situations. And because she is a comedienne she puts such a fun spin and interpretations on situations.

Her chapters are short and she includes little pictures sporadically. I always like pictures because it’s a nice peek into people’s lives.

It was a fun, easy, read which is the types of books I mostly like to read. 🙂

I Can Barely Take Care of Myself by Jen Kirkman


Jen Kirkman is a stand up comedian who is most known from being on Chelsea Handler‘s shows Chelsea Lately and After Lately. Her book, ” I Can Barely Take Care of Myself” is about her decision to not have children. She talks about how her friends and strangers all question her decision and have no problem asking personal questions and giving their two cents. People say things like, “You’ll change your mind,” “Don’t you think you’re being selfish by not having children?” “Who will take care of you when you’re old?”

When people ask her if she wants to have kids and she says ,”No” sometimes they follow up with, “Are you able to have children?”And Jen gets offended and thinks to herself, what if I am barren? Do you think that is appropriate to ask casual acquaintance?

She grew up in Boston and tells funny snippets about her mom and her Boston accent. “Jennifah, that just isn’t funny.” I can just hear her mom talking. Throughout the book she also makes a few Kennedy references (which I appreciate because of my love of the Kennedys and understand because of where she’s from), and some pop culture references too which I always like when authors throw those in. For example, when people ask if she wants to give back to the world and help the next generation, and she says that Oprah doesn’t have children either and she’s done so much for society.

Jen says she feels left out especially at birthday parties filled with kids, and feels the pressure from society about not wanting to have children. She constantly has to defend herself and the fact that people without children don’t just party all night, and that she is allowed to be tired. She enjoys her free time and not having to be responsible to another human being.

It’s a very personal decision to have or not have children and it’s somewhat alarming how candid people are and feel the need and the right to judge her.  Having kids isn’t for everyone and I think Jen’s really brave and honest for giving this perspective for women everywhere who don’t want kids either.


Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang by Chelsea Handler


Earlier this summer I read Chelsea’s Lies Chelsea Handler Told Me. It was such a fun read.  I love her humor and wanted to read her other books . So I read Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang which was equally as funny and entertaining.

Chelsea comes from a big family, as the youngest of 5, and told some hilarious stories of her childhood. She talked about her parents and the way they reacted to her antics as a child. She is honest about her not-so-perfect relationship with her father.  But she has her siblings to talk to about their father and his crazy ways.

This book also chronicles more of Chelsea’s sarcasm and practical jokes she plays on her friends and family. This book has similar themes as Lies Chelsea Handler Told Me, with her practical jokes on her coworkers and boyfriend at the time, and her generosity in vacationing with those she works with.

I’m a fan of Chelsea’s offbeat humor and really enjoy her books. It’s no wonder she is so popular and well liked.

Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me


If you watch her shows Chelsea Lately, or After Lately on the E! Network, you will know the Chelsea is all kinds of funny. She is brutally honest and comments on pop culture on a daily basis. I’ve always enjoyed her tell it like it is humor and was excited to read her book. I plan on reading her other 3 books as well but I wanted to read this one first because it’s the most recent, and it’s written by people who are closest to her.

The book is made up of 13 chapters from people in her life including her brothers, sister, stylist, publicist, and co-workers. They all talk about how generous she is with her staff trips frequently in Cabo, and how she always takes them along with her on international trips around the world. She even paid for one of her co-workers honeymoon in Italy. She is also known for being very loyal. She has stayed friend with waitresses she used to work with before making it big. She invited one of her brothers to come to LA and live with her once she found success.

On the flip side she is known to mess with everyone in her life. She hacks into her co-workers emails and announces fake pregnancies, comes out of the closet and basically wrecks havoc. She has also made a co-worker think he lost thousands of dollars in a bet. Her lies can sometimes last up to 6 months! It was really funny to get an insight into the practical jokes Chelsea likes to play. And at the end of the day everyone in the book says that if Chelsea loves you she humiliates you, it’s her way of showing she cares. And at end of each chapter Chelsea write a few sentences about the story just shared or the relationship with that person, and the book is filled with behind the scenes pictures of Chelsea and her victims.

Great read, very funny, and paints a great picture of who the real Chelsea Handler is.

Next Tuesday I’ll be switching gears with a fantastic read about the Kennedy family entitled, “After Camelot,” by J. Randy Taraborrelli.