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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 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 coworkers. 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. 

©2021 Gina Yashere (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • 2021-06-29

Hilarious & informative.

Gina narrating her own book is really the best way to enjoy her work. It's a two-fer - her comedy is in her delivery and her story is that much more interesting as a result.

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  • Omokhaye Ekhaese
  • 2021-07-08

Be prepared to: Laugh. Learn. Get angry. Cry. Research/Fact-Check.

Best memoir of 2021. I’m partial as Author and I basically grew up in parallel lives, (only I became the Doctor my Nigerian mother demanded of me.) The bravery it must have taken to write this, I pray I have 1/10th of it. Enjoy.

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  • Crystal
  • 2021-07-30

More than meets the eye

Gina is absolutely a gem and it was great reading about her life. The background on Nigeria was such a plus and funny stories about her friends had me laughing out loud. I love that we get to see all the hard work that went into making Gina, Gina. Must read

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  • CHS
  • 2021-07-29

Excellent

Throughly enjoyed. In fact, had to think of more cleaning projects or errands to continue listening!

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  • 2021-07-26

Awesome read!

I enjoyed this book and can’t wait for the next chapter. It was funny, down to earth and held my interest until the end. I highly recommend this to anyone looking to learn about different cultures and lighthearted humor

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  • chellej
  • 2021-07-25

NWhat a ride!

Thoroughly entertaining and relatable. I can’t explain how much I loved listening to Gina’s stories in her signature delivery. Brava!

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  • 2021-07-25

Great read

love this book. love that Gina told her own story. Can't wait for part two

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  • Shelley Martinez
  • 2021-07-24

A great performance.

I've done a lot of books by British authors but Gina's life experience is so different from the typical English story. I'm grateful to her for sharing her story. The way the book ended, we deserve additional chapters.

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  • LuvJonz
  • 2021-07-20

Funny and worth while

I laughed just as hard as I learned from this book. I love the cultural history lessons and her work ethic is beyond reproach! Loved it

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  • Miguel M Soares
  • 2021-07-20

Brilliant!

Loved the book! I really appreciate that Gina read it herself, giving an even better voice to her memories. As the child of immigrants, I could fully relate to her story. Funny how common these experiences are.

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  • Joshua E.
  • 2021-07-17

Brilliant and hilarious!

Finished this one faster than any other audible book I've had, couldn't stop listening and laughing....and learning.