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Marc Maron - Attempting Normal


Marc Maron was a parent-scarred, angst-filled, drug-dabbling, love-starved comedian who dreamed of a simple life: a wife, a home, a sitcom to call his own. But instead he woke up one day to find himself fired from his radio job, surrounded by feral cats, and emotionally and financially annihilated by a divorce from a woman he thought he loved. He tried to heal his broken heart through whatever means he could find—minor-league hoarding, Viagra addiction, accidental racial profiling, cat fancying, flying airplanes with his mind—but nothing seemed to work. It was only when he was stripped down to nothing that he found his way back.

Attempting Normal is Marc Maron’s journey through the wilderness of his own mind, a collection of explosively, painfully, addictively funny stories that add up to a moving tale of hope and hopelessness, of failing, flailing, and finding a way. From standup to television to his outrageously popular podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, Marc has always been a genuine original, a disarmingly honest, intensely smart, brutally open comic who finds wisdom in the strangest places. This is his story of the winding, potholed road from madness and obsession and failure to something like normal, the thrillingly comic journey of a sympathetic f***up who’s trying really hard to do better without making a bigger mess. Most of us will relate.

Praise for Marc Maron and WTF

“The stuff of comedy legend.”—Rolling Stone

“Marc Maron is a startlingly honest, compelling, and hilarious comedian-poet. Truly one of the greatest of all time.”—Louis C.K.

“I’ve known Marc for years and I can tell you first hand that he’s passionate, fearless, honest, self-absorbed, neurotic, and screamingly funny.”—David Cross

“Revered among his peers . . . raw and unflinchingly honest.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Devastatingly funny.”—Los Angeles Times

“For a comedy nerd, this show is nirvana.”—Judd Apatow



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Crate&Trauma; March 31, 2013 at 8:33 pm

I already pre-ordered a while ago Maron.  Hell, I even pre-ordered Jerusalem Syndrome on Audible too. 

What else do you want from me?

Lawton April 04, 2013 at 10:38 am


I see the enhanced edition of Attempting Normal is only available on Apple devices AND only available in the USA.

Will there be a version for the rest of the world? And perhaps on other devices?


Realized April 14, 2013 at 11:57 pm

I just realized you look just like Tom Crean.

Laura Anne April 17, 2013 at 4:35 pm

wait isn’t this a photo book about cats? sh*t I pre-ordered the wrong book;-)
Kant wait to read it Marc….

1600_AM_old_school April 18, 2013 at 6:36 pm


Psyched (pre-ordered the book) about your work!  (Cut to 2004, when nobody had noticed hundreds of thousands of people on the streets in NYC against the Iraq war.) There was a real Media-Stalingrad karma around your show.  My wife and I would rush to the kitchen to turn on our AM radio in the morning.  The political time was awful.  I cannot believe you were only on air for such a brief time. 

To us, it really feels like your show lasted for many years….


~G and H with love

Meg April 27, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Pre-ordered via my existing Audible account. Looking forward to the neurotic, yet oddly comforting sound of Maron’s voice in a couple of

Coolrobert August 31, 2013 at 3:48 am

This book may be good, but the audiobook is a real experience! I loved it! I listened to it on a drive across California and enjoyed it so much. It’s smart, funny, warm, insightful and so very human. Beautifully written and the reading feel so spontaneous and alive.