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The British comedian of Nigerian heritage and co-executive producer and writer of the CBS hit series Bob Hearts Abishola chronicles her odyssey to get to America and break into Hollywood in this lively and humorous memoir. According to family superstition, Gina Yashere was born to fulfill the dreams of her grandmother Patience. The powerful first wife of a wealthy busines The British comedian of Nigerian heritage and co-executive producer and writer of the CBS hit series Bob Hearts Abishola chronicles her odyssey to get to America and break into Hollywood in this lively and humorous memoir. According to family superstition, Gina Yashere was born to fulfill the dreams of her grandmother Patience. The powerful first wife of a wealthy businessman, Patience was poisoned by her jealous sister-wives and marked with a spot on her neck. From birth, Gina carried a similar birthmark—a sign that she was her grandmother’s chosen heir, and would fulfill Patience’s dreams. Gina would learn to speak perfect English, live unfettered by men or children, work a man’s job, and travel the world with a free spirit. Is she the reincarnation of her grandmother? Maybe. Gina isn’t ruling anything out. In Cack-Handed, she recalls her intergenerational journey to success foretold by her grandmother and fulfilled thousands of miles from home. This hilarious memoir tells the story of how from growing up as a child of Nigerian immigrants in working class London, running from skinheads, and her overprotective Mom, Gina went on to become the first female engineer with the UK branch of Otis, the largest elevator company in the world, where she went through a baptism of fire from her racist and sexist co-workers. Not believing her life was difficult enough, she later left engineering to become a stand up comic, appearing on numerous television shows and becoming one of the top comedians in the UK, before giving it all up to move to the US, a dream she’d had since she was six years old, watching American kids on television, riding cool bicycles, and solving crimes. A collection of eccentric, addictive, and uproarious stories that combine family, race, gender, class, and country, Cack-Handed reveals how Gina’s unconventional upbringing became the foundation of her successful career as an international comedian. 


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The British comedian of Nigerian heritage and co-executive producer and writer of the CBS hit series Bob Hearts Abishola chronicles her odyssey to get to America and break into Hollywood in this lively and humorous memoir. According to family superstition, Gina Yashere was born to fulfill the dreams of her grandmother Patience. The powerful first wife of a wealthy busines The British comedian of Nigerian heritage and co-executive producer and writer of the CBS hit series Bob Hearts Abishola chronicles her odyssey to get to America and break into Hollywood in this lively and humorous memoir. According to family superstition, Gina Yashere was born to fulfill the dreams of her grandmother Patience. The powerful first wife of a wealthy businessman, Patience was poisoned by her jealous sister-wives and marked with a spot on her neck. From birth, Gina carried a similar birthmark—a sign that she was her grandmother’s chosen heir, and would fulfill Patience’s dreams. Gina would learn to speak perfect English, live unfettered by men or children, work a man’s job, and travel the world with a free spirit. Is she the reincarnation of her grandmother? Maybe. Gina isn’t ruling anything out. In Cack-Handed, she recalls her intergenerational journey to success foretold by her grandmother and fulfilled thousands of miles from home. This hilarious memoir tells the story of how from growing up as a child of Nigerian immigrants in working class London, running from skinheads, and her overprotective Mom, Gina went on to become the first female engineer with the UK branch of Otis, the largest elevator company in the world, where she went through a baptism of fire from her racist and sexist co-workers. Not believing her life was difficult enough, she later left engineering to become a stand up comic, appearing on numerous television shows and becoming one of the top comedians in the UK, before giving it all up to move to the US, a dream she’d had since she was six years old, watching American kids on television, riding cool bicycles, and solving crimes. A collection of eccentric, addictive, and uproarious stories that combine family, race, gender, class, and country, Cack-Handed reveals how Gina’s unconventional upbringing became the foundation of her successful career as an international comedian. 

30 review for Cack-Handed: A Memoir

  1. 5 out of 5

    Monica **can't read fast enough**

    Insightful and funny. I'm glad that I had an opportunity to read this memoir. I knew very little about Gina Yashere beforehand but after reading this I'd want to be a fan of hers even if I weren't familiar with her professional work. I received an ARC from the publisher Where you can find me: •(♥).•*Monica Is Reading*•.(♥)• Twitter: @monicaisreading Instagram: @readermonica Goodreads Group: The Black Bookcase Insightful and funny. I'm glad that I had an opportunity to read this memoir. I knew very little about Gina Yashere beforehand but after reading this I'd want to be a fan of hers even if I weren't familiar with her professional work. I received an ARC from the publisher Where you can find me: •(♥).•*Monica Is Reading*•.(♥)• Twitter: @monicaisreading Instagram: @readermonica Goodreads Group: The Black Bookcase

  2. 5 out of 5

    Julie H.

    Gina Yashere's Cack-Handed: A Memoir is a mostly-hilarious and stealthily serious read. It's part stand-up routine but also a sober commentary for up and comers on the structural racism and sexism of the world in general and in particular as developed here, in the entertainment world--esp. as relates to a willbe actor and standup comic (trust me, there is no would be about Ms. Yashere). I won an uncorrected proof of this book as a Firstreads giveaway and would like to note to the publisher that Gina Yashere's Cack-Handed: A Memoir is a mostly-hilarious and stealthily serious read. It's part stand-up routine but also a sober commentary for up and comers on the structural racism and sexism of the world in general and in particular as developed here, in the entertainment world--esp. as relates to a willbe actor and standup comic (trust me, there is no would be about Ms. Yashere). I won an uncorrected proof of this book as a Firstreads giveaway and would like to note to the publisher that in trawling through the daily list of giveaways, it was the title that first caught my attention. Then, I recalled that I'd seen Gina on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah where she'd killed. The book arrived within a day or two of my notification (h/t HarperCollins!) and was a superfast and highly enjoyable read. If your Mom is cool, might I recommend that you get her this book for Mother's Day? She'll love Gina's Mom, possibly even finding a little of herself in there, particularly if she sacrificed for you and your siblings and placed enormous expectations on you. Of course, you'll want to read it yourself, first, so that when Mom starts citing some of the random lines at you you'll get the jokes. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go get caught up on her appearance in Season 2 of The Standups on Netflix. Bottom line: funny, timely, and informative book. Read it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    In terms of comedian memoirs, I found this one to be quite lacking, even though I like Gina Yashere's standup, because unlike other comedian memoirs I've read that are quite personal, this is primarily a memoir of Gina's early career rather than being about her personal life. The first half of the book is about her upbringing in a British Nigerian family and the conflicts and cultural differences that come with living with an immigrant parent, but the second half is very much a deep dive into ho In terms of comedian memoirs, I found this one to be quite lacking, even though I like Gina Yashere's standup, because unlike other comedian memoirs I've read that are quite personal, this is primarily a memoir of Gina's early career rather than being about her personal life. The first half of the book is about her upbringing in a British Nigerian family and the conflicts and cultural differences that come with living with an immigrant parent, but the second half is very much a deep dive into how Gina cultivated her comedy career. I admit that since I wasn't very familiar with Gina's beginnings in UK comedy, I found myself zoning out during the latter half of the book. Obviously it's up to her how much she wants to divulge about her life, but despite acknowledging her girlfriend in the Acknowledgments, she doesn't talk at all about how they met or came to become a couple - you would probably need to watch her standup to even gets pieces of that story - and as a reader, that's something I would have been more curious to read about than the nitty gritty of how she clawed her way up in UK comedy. This book also ends with her about to make the move to the American comedy market, but since she's been active over here in the US for a bit - Netflix special, Bob Hearts Abishola, etc - now it felt strange to not have any reflections on that in a book coming out now in 2021; it seems like this book was ready for publication a couple years ago. For me, this was not a noteworthy memoir, but I did enjoy Gina's narration because her vocalizations are always hysterical.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Glenda Nelms

    Gina Yashere is a good storyteller and good writer. Yashere writes about growing up in Nigeria and migrated into the UK. Going deep into Black LGBTQ culture.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jay Duran

    Sharing my original review (initially posted on @ginayashere Instagram page) of this book. "I just finished listening to your book on audible and am still buzzing from the badassery that is #cackhanded. I found your memoir to be powerful, inspiring and very freaking infuriating (not infuriated with you, infuriated with the shit people that tried to hold you down). It evoked emotion and pride for your representation in this community. #lgbtq Thank you for sharing your story. I laughed my ass off, Sharing my original review (initially posted on @ginayashere Instagram page) of this book. "I just finished listening to your book on audible and am still buzzing from the badassery that is #cackhanded. I found your memoir to be powerful, inspiring and very freaking infuriating (not infuriated with you, infuriated with the shit people that tried to hold you down). It evoked emotion and pride for your representation in this community. #lgbtq Thank you for sharing your story. I laughed my ass off, cursed the a-holes and gained an even bigger respect for you and your culture." P.S. If you haven't yet, read this book, you won't regret it. Gina Yashere is not just a funny lady, she is a brilliant writer and an excellent storyteller.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    Gina Yashere (2021) CACK-HANDED - A MEMOIR (AUDIOBOOK) Audible - HarperCollins Publishers ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 out of 5 stars Audible write, "According to family superstition, Gina Yashere was born to fulfill the dreams of her grandmother Patience. The powerful first wife of a wealthy businessman, Patience was poisoned by her jealous sister-wives and marked with a spot on her neck. From birth, Gina carried a similar birthmark - a sign that she was her grandmother’s chosen heir, and would fulfill Patience’s dr Gina Yashere (2021) CACK-HANDED - A MEMOIR (AUDIOBOOK) Audible - HarperCollins Publishers ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 out of 5 stars Audible write, "According to family superstition, Gina Yashere was born to fulfill the dreams of her grandmother Patience. The powerful first wife of a wealthy businessman, Patience was poisoned by her jealous sister-wives and marked with a spot on her neck. From birth, Gina carried a similar birthmark - a sign that she was her grandmother’s chosen heir, and would fulfill Patience’s dreams. Gina would learn to speak perfect English, live unfettered by men or children, work a man’s job, and travel the world with a free spirit. Is she the reincarnation of her grandmother? Maybe. Gina isn’t ruling anything out. In Cack-Handed, she recalls her intergenerational journey to success foretold by her grandmother and fulfilled thousands of miles from home. This hilarious memoir tells the story of how from growing up as a child of Nigerian immigrants in working class London, running from skinheads, and her overprotective Mom, Gina went on to become the first female engineer with the UK branch of Otis, the largest elevator company in the world, where she went through a baptism of fire from her racist and sexist co-workers. Not believing her life was difficult enough, she later left engineering to become a stand-up comic, appearing on numerous television shows and becoming one of the top comedians in the UK, before giving it all up to move to the US, a dream she’d had since she was six years old, watching American kids on television, riding cool bicycles, and solving crimes." ===== Speechless when it comes to the 'Step Bastard'. Honest to God! Jesus. Love the fact this book gives a bit of education on Race here and abroad. Gina doesn't hold back when describing her experiences. I loved Gina before I listened to this audiobook. I love her all the more now. She's just great. ===== #GinaYashere #CackHanded #GinaYashereCackHanded #Book #Books #Read #Reads #Reading #BookShelf #Library #Review #Reviews #BookReview #BookReviews #GoodReads #Kindle #Audible #Audiobook #Audiobooks

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lee Rush

    Yashere is both a deft comic and soulful author I have loved Gina’s comedic prowess for some time, and social media has allowed me the opportunity to see a small piece of the 3D person she is. When she started promoting this book months before release, I immediately preordered a copy. I wanted to know more about where she me from, and how it shaped her edgy comedy. And I wasn’t disappointed. This biography maintains her wonderful edgy tone, and also allows us entry into the events that shaped her Yashere is both a deft comic and soulful author I have loved Gina’s comedic prowess for some time, and social media has allowed me the opportunity to see a small piece of the 3D person she is. When she started promoting this book months before release, I immediately preordered a copy. I wanted to know more about where she me from, and how it shaped her edgy comedy. And I wasn’t disappointed. This biography maintains her wonderful edgy tone, and also allows us entry into the events that shaped her professional presence, as well as her humanity. Through her book, she has inspired me to be aware of my own privilege, and know that my perspective comes from a lens vastly different than hers. And I’m more of a fan girl than ever!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    Cack-Handed by Gina Yashere is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early June. Chaptered with friggin' awesome parables, this book is about Yashere's ancestry into Nigeria, being discriminated against during child and adulthood, yet also being disciplined, protected, and filtering through the best music and tv that England & the US has to offer, working and finding herself during her teens and twenties, diving deep into black LGBTQ culture, performance, and comedy, and traveling around the worl Cack-Handed by Gina Yashere is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early June. Chaptered with friggin' awesome parables, this book is about Yashere's ancestry into Nigeria, being discriminated against during child and adulthood, yet also being disciplined, protected, and filtering through the best music and tv that England & the US has to offer, working and finding herself during her teens and twenties, diving deep into black LGBTQ culture, performance, and comedy, and traveling around the world.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karen Chapelle

    I loved it but I need to hear more! Interesting stories about a remarkable Woman and her upbringing and drive to have the life she's always known she deserves and sees clearly. She's so interesting there wasn't time to share some parts of her life I'm so curious about, so I hope there's a follow-up to this book because she's already had enough life in the few years post these stories for an entire new book and she's not that old! 😂 Highly recommend this book for its humour, political awareness a I loved it but I need to hear more! Interesting stories about a remarkable Woman and her upbringing and drive to have the life she's always known she deserves and sees clearly. She's so interesting there wasn't time to share some parts of her life I'm so curious about, so I hope there's a follow-up to this book because she's already had enough life in the few years post these stories for an entire new book and she's not that old! 😂 Highly recommend this book for its humour, political awareness and heart. I just love her 🙂

  10. 5 out of 5

    Father

    As good as expected. Having seen Gina Yashere perform ( on YouTube), and knowing that I REALLY like her comedy, I am extremely pleased to find that her memoir is even more articulate and fun than I had hoped. Thank you, Gina. You have been the bright spot of every opportunity I've had to read this memoir. As good as expected. Having seen Gina Yashere perform ( on YouTube), and knowing that I REALLY like her comedy, I am extremely pleased to find that her memoir is even more articulate and fun than I had hoped. Thank you, Gina. You have been the bright spot of every opportunity I've had to read this memoir.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    If you want a laugh this is the book for you. Funny, honest memoir of Gina Yashere...where she came from and how she got to where she is now.

  12. 5 out of 5

    JoRolle Nola

    Gina is totally relatable to me. Loved her honesty and positivity.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marci Williams

    I love her. She is one of my favorite comedians.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cecily

    Love her comedy...listened to this on audio and it was like listening/watching one of her specials.

  15. 5 out of 5

    DrCookie

    Funny and absolutely brilliant

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jacques

  17. 5 out of 5

    Artjunkie

  18. 5 out of 5

    CHERYL A ALLEN-LOUIS

  19. 4 out of 5

    Judith Lyn-Marie

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

  21. 5 out of 5

    Selina

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mel

  23. 5 out of 5

    Autumn

  24. 5 out of 5

    Temika

  25. 5 out of 5

    cheryl

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  27. 5 out of 5

    Juanita

  28. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Koefod

  29. 5 out of 5

    Fay McInnes

  30. 4 out of 5

    Libby Knight

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