Here's The Deal: Don't Touch Me
On Sale: November 24, 2009
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A frank, funny, no-holds-barred memoir that reveals the
Deal or No Deal host’s ongoing struggle with OCD and
ADHD–and how it has shaped his life and career.
Howie Mandel is one of the most recognizable names
in entertainment–respected by his peers and beloved by
audiences as the host of the enormously popular prime-time
game show Deal or No Deal. With a career that spans
three decades and many different show-business
platforms–he’s a renowned stand-up comedian who continues to
perform more than 150 sold-out shows a year, he created the
award-winning TV show Bobby’s World, he’s starred in
feature films and the hit TV series St. Elsewhere,
and he’s also hosted his own daytime talk show–he’s one of
the most versatile performers anywhere. But there are
aspects of his personal and professional life he’s never
talked about publicly–until now.
Eleven years ago,
Mandel first told the world about his “germophobia.” He’s
recently started discussing his adult ADHD as well. Now, for
the first time, he reveals the details of his struggle with
these challenging disorders. He catalogs his numerous fears
and neuroses and shares entertaining stories about how he
has tried to integrate them into his act. “If I’m making
myself laugh,” he writes, “then I’m distracted from all the
other things going on in my head that are, at times,
torturous.” And he speaks frankly and honestly about the
ways his condition has affected his personal life–as a son,
husband, and father of three.
Fans who’ve been dying
to know “the deal” behind Mandel’s remarkable rise through
the show-business ranks will be rewarded with many
never-before-told anecdotes, each one generously leavened
with Mandel’s trademark humor. There are tales from every
phase of his colorful career–from his early days as a
teenage carpet salesman and aspiring stand-up comic to his
stint opening for Diana Ross, his six years on St.
Elsewhere, and beyond.
As heartfelt as it is
hilarious, Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me is the
story of one man’s effort to draw comic inspiration out of
his darkest, most vulnerable places. It’s sure to please
Howie Mandel’s legion of fans–and provide hope to the
millions who strive to succeed in spite of OCD and ADHD.
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