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From Danny Pellegrino, creator of the hugely successful podcast Everything Iconic! Stories that will make you laugh, cry, and dig up all your awkward middle-school pictures. Growing up in small-town Ohio isn't easy, particularly when you're a closeted gay kid surrounded by... no one openly gay. Luckily, Danny Pellegrino grew up in the 90s, coming of age when the internet op From Danny Pellegrino, creator of the hugely successful podcast Everything Iconic! Stories that will make you laugh, cry, and dig up all your awkward middle-school pictures. Growing up in small-town Ohio isn't easy, particularly when you're a closeted gay kid surrounded by... no one openly gay. Luckily, Danny Pellegrino grew up in the 90s, coming of age when the internet opened up a whole new world for a curious kid itching for life outside of Midwest suburbia. Danny escaped the pains of growing up by submerging himself in a sea of pop culture—bingeing The Nanny until he had the confidence of Fran Fine, belting out Brandy songs until his heartaches were healed, or watching every semi-clothed Ryan Phillippe scene known to man. Now, as a successful podcaster interviewing the same iconic personalities that he idolized as a kid, Danny's life has only become more entertaining and delightfully chaotic. Heartfelt and hilarious, How Do I Un-Remember This? is a collection of real-life stories exploring Danny's journey from feeling like the only gay kid in Ohio to becoming a big-time podcaster in Los Angeles, and all the amusing moments life threw at him in between. With remarkable honesty and his trademark humor, Danny discusses his struggles alongside his love for all things pop culture in a way that is equally emotional and uplifting. And of course, it's all sprinkled with a little 90s nostalgia and a whole lot of comedy.


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From Danny Pellegrino, creator of the hugely successful podcast Everything Iconic! Stories that will make you laugh, cry, and dig up all your awkward middle-school pictures. Growing up in small-town Ohio isn't easy, particularly when you're a closeted gay kid surrounded by... no one openly gay. Luckily, Danny Pellegrino grew up in the 90s, coming of age when the internet op From Danny Pellegrino, creator of the hugely successful podcast Everything Iconic! Stories that will make you laugh, cry, and dig up all your awkward middle-school pictures. Growing up in small-town Ohio isn't easy, particularly when you're a closeted gay kid surrounded by... no one openly gay. Luckily, Danny Pellegrino grew up in the 90s, coming of age when the internet opened up a whole new world for a curious kid itching for life outside of Midwest suburbia. Danny escaped the pains of growing up by submerging himself in a sea of pop culture—bingeing The Nanny until he had the confidence of Fran Fine, belting out Brandy songs until his heartaches were healed, or watching every semi-clothed Ryan Phillippe scene known to man. Now, as a successful podcaster interviewing the same iconic personalities that he idolized as a kid, Danny's life has only become more entertaining and delightfully chaotic. Heartfelt and hilarious, How Do I Un-Remember This? is a collection of real-life stories exploring Danny's journey from feeling like the only gay kid in Ohio to becoming a big-time podcaster in Los Angeles, and all the amusing moments life threw at him in between. With remarkable honesty and his trademark humor, Danny discusses his struggles alongside his love for all things pop culture in a way that is equally emotional and uplifting. And of course, it's all sprinkled with a little 90s nostalgia and a whole lot of comedy.

30 review for How Do I Un-Remember This?: Unfortunately True Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    “How Do I Un-Remember This?: Unfortunately True Stories” (2022) is a zany entertaining mix of memoir and pop culture by author/comedian Danny Pellegrino, the podcast host of “Everything Iconic With Danny Pellegrino”—who has interviewed numerous celebrities from Katie Couric, Andy Cohen, Daniel Levy, to Cameron Diaz, Rosie O’Donnell and the spectacular Miss Piggy! Danny is from Salon Ohio, and is a graduate from Kent State University. This is his third book. When the family vacation and quest for “How Do I Un-Remember This?: Unfortunately True Stories” (2022) is a zany entertaining mix of memoir and pop culture by author/comedian Danny Pellegrino, the podcast host of “Everything Iconic With Danny Pellegrino”—who has interviewed numerous celebrities from Katie Couric, Andy Cohen, Daniel Levy, to Cameron Diaz, Rosie O’Donnell and the spectacular Miss Piggy! Danny is from Salon Ohio, and is a graduate from Kent State University. This is his third book. When the family vacation and quest for excitement extended beyond small town Ohio to Florida, the Pellegrino’s took full advantage of an Orlando area Time Share presentation offered from an assisted living facility. The comp tickets given funded the family trip to Disney World. Danny always related to music, movies, and magazines to help him find acceptance, meaning, and understanding as a gay teen. The first time he was outed was in the bedroom of one of his childhood friends. When her father expressed disapproval of her having a boy in her room, she told him that it was totally ok—because, well, “Danny was gay!” Danny immediately fled the scene in tears on his bicycle, and went home. As huge fan of Reality TV, Danny loved the Newlyweds Nick and Jessica (2003-05) and the couple seemed “like a match made in heaven”. Despite evidence to the contrary, Danny was convinced that the man he saw breaking into his car from the passenger side was trying to steal his yellow “Jessica Simpson shawl” even his boyfriend could not dissuade him from his line of reasoning. Danny loved 1990’s-2000’s pop culture, the music of Boyz II Men, the Back Street Boys, the Pussycat Dolls, to the fun and glamour of the girl group type music of “Queen” Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Mandy Moore, Kelly Clarkson etc. A special chapter was included on Martin Short “Franck Eggelhoffer” and his love for Fran Drescher’s “The Nanny” and so much more. This is really a fun read, as readers see Danny evolve into his celebrity. Danny also admitted he found both romance and sexuality (somewhat) “loathsome” though with the legality of gay marriage on June 25, 2015, he and his boyfriend remain in a committed relationship and have exchanged rings. Danny also writes candidly about how much easier it is today for LGBTQ people to come out of the closet than it was when he was younger, and the challenges he faced with anxiety, panic attacks, and depressive symptoms; though it is clear for him at least, that comedy and laughter might be the best medicine. **With thanks to Sourcebooks via NetGalley for the DDC for the purpose of review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    3-1/2* 1. I had no idea who this guy was before picking up this book. 2. I do NOT watch reality TV shows – I think they’re mindless, making unremarkable people famous for no good reason. I especially do NOT watch the Housewives of anywhere. 3. I have never watched a podcast. 4. I know little or nothing about most of the people he talks about. 5. BUT with very few TV channels and zero social media I was as obsessed with the pop culture of my day (Elizabeth Taylor / Richard Burton / the Frank Sinatra R 3-1/2* 1. I had no idea who this guy was before picking up this book. 2. I do NOT watch reality TV shows – I think they’re mindless, making unremarkable people famous for no good reason. I especially do NOT watch the Housewives of anywhere. 3. I have never watched a podcast. 4. I know little or nothing about most of the people he talks about. 5. BUT with very few TV channels and zero social media I was as obsessed with the pop culture of my day (Elizabeth Taylor / Richard Burton / the Frank Sinatra Rat Pack / Bobby Darin & Sandra Dee / Rock Hudson / Doris Day) as he is with pop culture of today. 6. I found his writing honest and authentic. 7. He writes openly about his struggle with anxiety and depression. 8. After all of that I enjoyed his book which was sometimes funny and sometimes insightful with lines such as: “Depression is like a tiny dark cell in your body that multiplies faster than you can catch it.” (Pg.130) Well done Danny!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Everyone has a story, and WOW did I enjoy reading Danny’s. This book felt like a long, heartwarming chat with a friend. I’ve been a fan of Danny for a while. I was originally drawn to his podcast because of our similar interests (bravo bravo and more bravo) but stayed because of his hilarious sense of humor and the realistic perspective he offers, both of which were so present in this book. How Do I Un-Remember this was funny, thought provoking, nostalgic and RELATABLE. I laughed as Danny recount Everyone has a story, and WOW did I enjoy reading Danny’s. This book felt like a long, heartwarming chat with a friend. I’ve been a fan of Danny for a while. I was originally drawn to his podcast because of our similar interests (bravo bravo and more bravo) but stayed because of his hilarious sense of humor and the realistic perspective he offers, both of which were so present in this book. How Do I Un-Remember this was funny, thought provoking, nostalgic and RELATABLE. I laughed as Danny recounted childhood family vacations, and his love for all things pop culture (Jessica Simpson, JC Chasez, and talk shows, to name a few) . I cried reading his chapter about processing grief in a Kohls. My heart ached for young Danny trying to feel comfortable in his own skin at a sleepover gone wrong. I felt nostalgic as he recounted fun and tough times spent with his friends. I related to his struggles with mental health, particularly anxiety. Reading about the experiences Danny wanted to “un-remember” had me remembering moments in my own life, and allowed me to gain new perspective for them while feeling less alone in my feelings. I feel SO lucky to have received an advanced copy of this book. Thank you to Sourcebooks! I cannot recommend it enough, and cannot wait to purchase a copy when it hits shelves in March 2022 (fingers crossed for an audiobook?) I’d recommend this to any millennial who enjoys a funny, heartwarming memoir!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Traci Thomas

    Cute book. Liked his ability to whip out pop culture references. I wasn’t a fan before so a lot went over my head. Not sure this book is for folks unfamiliar with the author.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    Yessss! Libras Unite!! I LOVED the chapters about Danny's family vacation. So hilarious! When I was a teenager we had some pretty epic family vacations. Always shenanigans involved and stories you probably wouldn't believe, LOL! For instance, my family was once chased by a man playing a caveman in an outdoor play. You know it's a good read when you share complete paragraphs with your fam while laughing your ass off! The Detour about Home Alone 2 - DEAD!!! 98 Degrees!? Ahhhh!!! They were one of m Yessss! Libras Unite!! I LOVED the chapters about Danny's family vacation. So hilarious! When I was a teenager we had some pretty epic family vacations. Always shenanigans involved and stories you probably wouldn't believe, LOL! For instance, my family was once chased by a man playing a caveman in an outdoor play. You know it's a good read when you share complete paragraphs with your fam while laughing your ass off! The Detour about Home Alone 2 - DEAD!!! 98 Degrees!? Ahhhh!!! They were one of my very first boy band loves! At one point I looked at my husband and said "Omg! Is Danny Pellegrino my new best friend!? I loved Jeff too!!" High five for talking about mental health! I'm such an open book when it comes to my anxiety. The medication, seeing an amazing therapist. We need more of this! Fight the stigma!!!! Okay you guys, this book was FANTASTIC! I loved it so damn much! I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes. And the nostalgia! Oh my gosh, mind blowing! Soooo many memories from my teenage years came flooding back. I needed this beauty in my life. Seriously, just amazing! Highly recommend. Huge thank you to Sourcebooks for my gifted copy!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marisa

    The Michael Bolton ASL story will never get old for me.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I'll begin with the fact that I had no idea who Danny Pellegrino was before reading his book. Someone who is already familiar and a fan will surely have a much different take away from this book. Pellegrino makes constant reference to various reality tv shows (most I don't watch) and daytime tv talk shows (that I also rarely watch). This got tedious for me since they aren't references I identify with. I did grow up in the midwest so definitely could identify with some of his childhood stories, t I'll begin with the fact that I had no idea who Danny Pellegrino was before reading his book. Someone who is already familiar and a fan will surely have a much different take away from this book. Pellegrino makes constant reference to various reality tv shows (most I don't watch) and daytime tv talk shows (that I also rarely watch). This got tedious for me since they aren't references I identify with. I did grow up in the midwest so definitely could identify with some of his childhood stories, though most of his stories are colored by his sexuality so are very different from my experiences. I do enjoy reading books by those with very different lives to mine, but I found Pellegrino's storytelling style to be long and drawn out, making this feel like a slow read and I found myself really looking forward to finishing the book and moving on. There are moments I enjoyed, but overall, I found this book just wasn't a good fit for me. If you aren't familiar with this author, maybe check out his podcast first to see if his humor and storytelling style suits you before grabbing the book. Thank you to SOURCEBOOKS and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for my honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nick Bishop

    As a fan of Danny Pellegrino's podcast "Everything Iconic," I was anxiously awaiting his debut collection of essays. During his Bravo re-caps, Danny displays his sense of humor, while maintaining a refreshing level of vulnerability with his audience. I was excited to see that version of Danny in his essays - I was not disappointed. How Do I Un-Remember This? is many things - hilarious, nostalgic, and brimming with pop culture, to list a few. Certain essays will cause you to audibly laugh while re As a fan of Danny Pellegrino's podcast "Everything Iconic," I was anxiously awaiting his debut collection of essays. During his Bravo re-caps, Danny displays his sense of humor, while maintaining a refreshing level of vulnerability with his audience. I was excited to see that version of Danny in his essays - I was not disappointed. How Do I Un-Remember This? is many things - hilarious, nostalgic, and brimming with pop culture, to list a few. Certain essays will cause you to audibly laugh while reading - the story of Danny's college ASL class did it for me (no spoilers, I promise). I really enjoyed reading and revealing the layers of Danny's family relationships, his life, and his love of pop culture through his writing. Another theme that I enjoyed within this collection was Danny's experience as a gay man - mainly his pre "coming out" experiences. As a gay man myself, his experiences of a young boy resonated with me and reinforced to me how many gay men have similar experiences. While I have been out for many years, I think some queer youth will see themselves in these sorties and perhaps for a moment feel less alone. Overall, I recommend this essay collection to any fan of Danny's, to any fans of pop culture, or to any reader who is looking for a laugh. How Do I Un-Remember This? does not disappoint! Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Larry H

    How Do I Un-Remember This? is a book of reminiscences, stories, and reflections, both funny and poignant.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ True confession: when I received this book as part of a group of books that my friend Carrie sent me, I had no idea who Danny Pellegrino was. Then I saw another friend talk about how excited he was to read this, so I needed to do some research. It turns out he’s the host of a pop culture podcast called Everything Iconic—and it has become my new guilty pleasure.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ This book contains n How Do I Un-Remember This? is a book of reminiscences, stories, and reflections, both funny and poignant.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ True confession: when I received this book as part of a group of books that my friend Carrie sent me, I had no idea who Danny Pellegrino was. Then I saw another friend talk about how excited he was to read this, so I needed to do some research. It turns out he’s the host of a pop culture podcast called Everything Iconic—and it has become my new guilty pleasure.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ This book contains numerous reminiscences of Pellegrino’s through his life, from childhood to adulthood. It touches on funny family stories, dealing with his sexuality, conquering grief and guilt related to his grandmother’s passing, his relationship with his boyfriend/fiancé, mental health, and his favorite subject, pop culture, be it the movies, music, or celebrities.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Some of the stories are laugh-out-loud funny, particularly those recounting a vacation his family took when he was young. Some of the stories definitely hit close to home as well, and some were very emotional.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ You wouldn’t think that a memoir-of-sorts written by someone I wasn’t familiar with would be interesting, but Pellegrino is a tremendously engaging writer, full of personality—and pop culture references. How Do I Un-Remember This? was right up my alley!⁣⁣ Check out my list of the best books I read in 2021 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2022/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2021.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    I’ve been listening to Danny’s podcast, Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino, for about four years. It started with a love of Real Housewives and Bravo as Danny recapped our beloved programs and I laughed along for an hour each week. Over the years I have fallen in love with Danny’s storytelling as he “detours” to hilarious anecdotes about his mom, boyfriend, friends, or an unfortunate experience from earlier in the week. My listening eventually developed into wanting to hear Danny talk more I’ve been listening to Danny’s podcast, Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino, for about four years. It started with a love of Real Housewives and Bravo as Danny recapped our beloved programs and I laughed along for an hour each week. Over the years I have fallen in love with Danny’s storytelling as he “detours” to hilarious anecdotes about his mom, boyfriend, friends, or an unfortunate experience from earlier in the week. My listening eventually developed into wanting to hear Danny talk more about these detours than the show recaps I initially tuned in for. (I specifically love the detour about his impression of Frank Eggelhoffer (of Father of the Bride fame) for a policeman to try and get out of a ticket after getting pulled over on his way to an Equinox class…but that’s neither here nor there.) Don’t get me wrong…I could listen to this man talk for the rest of time breaking down the larger scale events on Bravo such as Jen Shah getting arrested by the FBI for allegedly defrauding the elderly or Lisa Barlow referring to her best friend of 15 years as a garbage shit whore on network television, to the minutia of Kathy Hilton revealing she is unsure which channel the show she stars on airs, on an Instagram live *after the show had already been airing for several weeks*. But even if you aren’t a Bravo or Real Housewives superfan, you will love Everything Iconic and this book. Danny’s wide array of obsessions including Nancy Meyers movies, the Simpson sisters, The View, and all things Christmas season make every episode unique and hilarious. He is truly talented and I cannot wait to see what is next for him! Danny’s ability to talk about heavy events and media stories in such a genuine and informed way, while also being able to introduce humor is one of the things that is going to make him into a talk show star! The likes of which Kathie Lee Gifford herself would surely tune in to watch. *note: there are many instances in this book where Danny wants you to go listen to a song or look up a performance or clip on YouTube. I stayed up far too late last night watching and listening to all of these and it was a pop culture immersion experience. I was particularly shook by the 2007 clip of The View “split screen” where Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck went head to head discussing the war in Iraq.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(4/5, Memoir) Let me keep this review simple for you: If you are a fan of Danny Pellegrino you will love this book and find yourself laughing out loud. If you aren’t familiar with him, he is the host of the Everything Iconic Podcast which is focused on all things Real Housewives and Bravo. I love his humor, his midwestern background, and his crazy tangents. He makes my roadtrips FLY by and i have introduced so many friends to the wonderful world of Danny P (and am forever indebted to my v ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(4/5, Memoir) Let me keep this review simple for you: If you are a fan of Danny Pellegrino you will love this book and find yourself laughing out loud. If you aren’t familiar with him, he is the host of the Everything Iconic Podcast which is focused on all things Real Housewives and Bravo. I love his humor, his midwestern background, and his crazy tangents. He makes my roadtrips FLY by and i have introduced so many friends to the wonderful world of Danny P (and am forever indebted to my very sweet friend who introduced me to him). I think this is a book that is fabulous if you are in the Danny Pellegrino bubble, if you aren’t but are a Bravo lover- maybe test out his podcast, see if you like his sense of humor, and then dive right into his funny and heartfelt book. Best paired with The Iconic Pellegrino from Tom and Ariana’s (of Vanderpump Rules) Cocktail Book that Danny wrote the foreword for!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kerri Ann

    Five stars to Danny Pellegrino on his memoir!! It was poignant, funny, and nostalgic with just the right mix of pop culture references. Danny hosts my favorite podcast, Everything Iconic, so I’m not surprised I loved his book. 10/10 recommend.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emmalee (emsreadz)

    I listened to this on audiobook and it felt like I was listening to a 6 hour long podcast - I loved every minute of it! Danny’s voice was so soothing and his stories were funny, heartwarming and real.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ani

    The book is a 2 in my opinion. However, it is someone’s (very young) life story told with charismatic cliches and some humor. I’m not the one to deny his achievement in writing about his life. Nonetheless, I am not certain for whom it’s written. Thus, at times it was too simplistic and it never provided a line you didn’t expect coming.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Brown

    As a fan of Danny Pellegrino's podcast, 'Everything Iconic!', I was eagerly anticipating reading this book and it did not disappoint. While I had heard some of the stories before on the podcast, I was more than happy to read them again, especially that bold-ass woodpecker and the couch cushions. I also enjoyed all the detours and reading the stories that I hand't heard before - both the highs and the lows. This book was captivating, honest, and hilarious. Danny's writing captures his familiar vo As a fan of Danny Pellegrino's podcast, 'Everything Iconic!', I was eagerly anticipating reading this book and it did not disappoint. While I had heard some of the stories before on the podcast, I was more than happy to read them again, especially that bold-ass woodpecker and the couch cushions. I also enjoyed all the detours and reading the stories that I hand't heard before - both the highs and the lows. This book was captivating, honest, and hilarious. Danny's writing captures his familiar voice perfectly and I felt like I was catching up with an old friend.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Danny Pellegrino, comedian and podcast host, delivers a warm and humorous collection of stories about his childhood, his experience coming out and building a career out of his love of pop culture. Many readers will find a kindred spirit when reading "I've never had a second glass of wine that didn't end with me on Allison Janney's IMBD page." Although Pellegrino ("The Super Carb Diet," with Bob Harper) can't pinpoint when he realized he is gay, he does remember as a preteen recording THE FIRST W Danny Pellegrino, comedian and podcast host, delivers a warm and humorous collection of stories about his childhood, his experience coming out and building a career out of his love of pop culture. Many readers will find a kindred spirit when reading "I've never had a second glass of wine that didn't end with me on Allison Janney's IMBD page." Although Pellegrino ("The Super Carb Diet," with Bob Harper) can't pinpoint when he realized he is gay, he does remember as a preteen recording THE FIRST WIVES CLUB on VHS tape over his brother's copy of THE TERMINATOR and his love for Chris O'Donnell in BATMAN & ROBIN. His rollicking tale of his family enduring an endless time-share tour for free vouchers to Florida theme parks is made even funnier by his frequent diversions, including why Diane Keaton, Alfre Woodard and Dianne Wiest should play superheroes in Marvel movies. In fact, every chapter in HOW DO I UN-REMEMBER THIS? includes a "Detour," in which Pellegrino sidetracks his story for tributes and tirades on everything from late-1990s boy bands to THE NANNY, MAGIC MIKE and some of his favorite places to shop: "Marie Kondo wants us to get rid of shit, but I can only assume that's because she's never been inside of a HomeGoods." Readers will laugh when he postpones flying home to his grandmother's funeral for what became a bad first date. But then, as an example of how his stories perfectly blend hilarity and poignancy, he reveals years of unprocessed grief. This is a winning collection of tales from an unforgettable voice. Danny Pellegrino's exuberantly funny and poignant stories of growing up gay are stuffed with loving pop-culture references and laced with real emotion.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    I was lucky enough to receive an early copy of this gem and to say I was fangirling was an understatement. I was introduced to Mr. Danny Pellegrino by my fellow Bravo obsessed cousin who told me I just had to listen to his podcast. I was immediately hooked. When he mentioned he was releasing a book I was so excited. Being a fan of his podcast, Everything Iconic, where we are constantly laughing and getting glimpses into his life this book takes you on a deeper journey into who he is and how this I was lucky enough to receive an early copy of this gem and to say I was fangirling was an understatement. I was introduced to Mr. Danny Pellegrino by my fellow Bravo obsessed cousin who told me I just had to listen to his podcast. I was immediately hooked. When he mentioned he was releasing a book I was so excited. Being a fan of his podcast, Everything Iconic, where we are constantly laughing and getting glimpses into his life this book takes you on a deeper journey into who he is and how this version of him that we know and love came into existence. After reading I am even more a fan of Mr. Pellegrino. He made me laugh and at times cry reading the stories he shares with us of his childhood. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us. This is an absolute must read!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    3.75 stars. I can’t recall what list/article I came across that recommended adding this memoir to my TBR pile—Or if I mistook him for someone else, as I’ve never listened to his podcast. However, despite being fuzzy on the origin details—I rather enjoyed this one! I’m pretty sure I may have caused some stares from passerby as I listened to the audiobook on my walks this week, frequently chuckling out loud. I think his narration enhanced the experience, and recommend the audiobook version. I’ll h 3.75 stars. I can’t recall what list/article I came across that recommended adding this memoir to my TBR pile—Or if I mistook him for someone else, as I’ve never listened to his podcast. However, despite being fuzzy on the origin details—I rather enjoyed this one! I’m pretty sure I may have caused some stares from passerby as I listened to the audiobook on my walks this week, frequently chuckling out loud. I think his narration enhanced the experience, and recommend the audiobook version. I’ll have to look into his podcasts, because I appreciate his style of humor, as well as his delivery.

  19. 5 out of 5

    M Moore

    This is a funny, heartfelt memoir/group of essays that was so fun to listen to and read! Pellegrino's stories were a mixture of hilarious anecdotes and awkward moments with lots of pop culture references sprinkled in between. You don't need to be a fan of Pellegrino going into this one...if you enjoy memoirs at all, this is a perfect one for you. Thanks to PRH Audio for access to this audiobook. My thoughts are my own. My reviews can also be seen at www.instagram.com/justonemoorebook. This is a funny, heartfelt memoir/group of essays that was so fun to listen to and read! Pellegrino's stories were a mixture of hilarious anecdotes and awkward moments with lots of pop culture references sprinkled in between. You don't need to be a fan of Pellegrino going into this one...if you enjoy memoirs at all, this is a perfect one for you. Thanks to PRH Audio for access to this audiobook. My thoughts are my own. My reviews can also be seen at www.instagram.com/justonemoorebook.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I love Danny’s Everything Iconic podcast so I went in already a fan and I really enjoyed the book! It’s a quick read with funny and heartfelt stories. Each chapter opens with an iconic movie quote and the book is peppered with pop culture references. Definitely recommend. (Side note- the book is not officially out yet I preordered my copy and it came early).

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Hockey

    For fans of Bravo & millennials. Listening to Danny read this book feels like listening to a friend tell stories. Very relatable and funny, but also heartfelt at times. Not for everyone, but if you’re the audience mentioned above, I highly recommend. So happy to support Danny after all the entertainment his podcast has provided us for free these last few years!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Usually I hate surprises but today How Do I Un-Remember This got delivered early-- who am I to argue with the USPS? I put on Kelly Clarkson Spotify radio as soon as the clock hit 5pm commuted my butt down from my home office to read this all in one sitting with a little bed (couch) wine. Since I'm fresh off finishing this book I can tell you my face hurts from smiling and cackling like an insane person (sorry, neighbors). What a delight this book is! I find Everything Iconic weirdly soothing, an Usually I hate surprises but today How Do I Un-Remember This got delivered early-- who am I to argue with the USPS? I put on Kelly Clarkson Spotify radio as soon as the clock hit 5pm commuted my butt down from my home office to read this all in one sitting with a little bed (couch) wine. Since I'm fresh off finishing this book I can tell you my face hurts from smiling and cackling like an insane person (sorry, neighbors). What a delight this book is! I find Everything Iconic weirdly soothing, and even though I'm not actually currently watching each RH franchise I find Danny's recaps calming. But also hysterical! I don't need to explain myself - it works. This book had a similar effect-- I've been cackling for about 5 hours but I also feel very calm. This book was great, and as a millennial who spends hours on IMDB it hits the right spot.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Bellan

    i love danny’s podcast so i bought his book to support him despite generally not loving personal essays. this, however, was as funny and heartwarming as i’d expect from him. i’d never give danny anything less than 5 stars! i’m sure the audiobook is even better.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I am familiar with Pellegrino's pop culture podcast and enjoyed this book of stories from his life. Along with the humor, are some touching moments and lessons about weightier subjects such as grief and self-acceptance. I am familiar with Pellegrino's pop culture podcast and enjoyed this book of stories from his life. Along with the humor, are some touching moments and lessons about weightier subjects such as grief and self-acceptance.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Clementine

    very sweet and charming - probably a little more surface level than i'd have preferred, and it feels a little light in terms of actual content, but the audiobook was really fun and i laughed out loud a lot. very sweet and charming - probably a little more surface level than i'd have preferred, and it feels a little light in terms of actual content, but the audiobook was really fun and i laughed out loud a lot.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Bartos

    I have never listened to, or even heard of, Pellegrino's podcast Everything Iconic!, likely because I don't pay much attention to the podcast world, but I picked this up because the cover caught my eye, and I wanted a funny audiobook by a gay person tbh. This collection of stories gave me what I wanted: a couple good laughs, some relatable moments, and some heartfelt lessons to take with me. It definitely made me interested in looking into his podcast (though, will I?...Unlikely), but I'm glad I I have never listened to, or even heard of, Pellegrino's podcast Everything Iconic!, likely because I don't pay much attention to the podcast world, but I picked this up because the cover caught my eye, and I wanted a funny audiobook by a gay person tbh. This collection of stories gave me what I wanted: a couple good laughs, some relatable moments, and some heartfelt lessons to take with me. It definitely made me interested in looking into his podcast (though, will I?...Unlikely), but I'm glad I listened to the audiobook, even if I don't end up listening to any more from him.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Robyn

    A very likable guy. Nothing special about the essays, but a nice read in my category of "books to read for relaxation while I'm eating lunch." (A pleasant genre populated by comic essays, oral histories of TV shows and all books about Real Housewives.) A very likable guy. Nothing special about the essays, but a nice read in my category of "books to read for relaxation while I'm eating lunch." (A pleasant genre populated by comic essays, oral histories of TV shows and all books about Real Housewives.)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    I loved this - quick, hilarious, and heartfelt. I laughed out loud more than once. He talks a bit about how his favorite talk show hosts make it feel like you’re with a friend, and that’s definitely how this reads.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christina Santorello

    I don’t know where I found this book and had no clue who Danny Pellegrino was, but his stories and word selections reminded me of the David Rose character. He had a positive, authentic way of encouraging the reader through his life stories. Really enjoyed this one!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    2022 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge: A book published in 2022

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