An instant New York Times bestseller from Kelly Ripa—a sharp, funny, and honest collection of real-life stories showing the many dimensions and crackling wit of the beloved daytime talk show host.
In Live Wire, her first book, Kelly shows what really makes her tick. As a professional, as a wife, as a daughter and as a mother, she brings a hard-earned wisdom and an eye for the absurdity of life to every minute of every day. It is her relatability in all of these roles that has earned her fans worldwide and millions of followers on social media. Whether recounting how she and Mark really met, the level of chauvinism she experienced on set, how Jersey Pride follows her wherever she goes, and many, many moments of utter mortification (whence she proves that you cannot, in fact, die of embarrassment) Kelly always tells it like it is. Ms. Ripa takes no prisoners.
Surprising, at times savage, a little shameless and always with humor… Live Wire shows Kelly as she really is offscreen—a very wise woman who has something to say.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Kelly Ripa has built a career on being likable, and her candid collection of personal essays makes the actress and TV host even more endearing. Ripa’s hilariously blunt “not-memoir,” as she calls it, is full of memorable moments from her childhood in the suburbs of New Jersey through her success on the daytime soap All My Children and her ascent to stardom as a morning show host. Funny, open, and wonderfully self-aware, Ripa’s anecdotes are sincere—and incredibly entertaining. Whether she’s talking about her awkward first meeting with her now-husband or having her pregnancy announced on camera by a psychic before she’d even told her boss, her hilarious personality shines through. Like the bubbly but razor-sharp Ripa herself, Live Wire is full of surprises.
Actor and talk show host Ripa offers a no-holds-barred glimpse of her personal and professional life in her self-deprecating debut. Ripa's humor shines as she dives into topics such as marriage, family, chauvinism, therapy, cosmetic surgery, and her kids leaving for college. The former All My Children star's flair for the dramatic takes center stage as she discusses her lifelong obsession with Cher, meeting her husband (and Riverdale fan favorite) Mark Consuelos, and the unconventional auditions that landed her the role of Live! with Regis cohost: for her first on-camera audition, Ripa interviewed a psychic who announced Ripa's pregnancy to the studio audience, though Ripa herself hadn't yet told anyone outside her immediate family. "I felt like I was underwater," Ripa writes of her shock. In one particularly entertaining story, Ripa giddily describes a lavish dinner party where she sat directly across from Richard Gere. While speaking with him, she indulged in a harmless fantasy inspired by his 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman: "I do remember at one point wondering if Richard Gere could pick me up as easily as he did Debra Winger." Ripa has a penchant for name-dropping and rambling (or, as she puts it, making a "long story, longer"), but her essays are unapologetic, uninhibited, and undeniably hilarious. This banter-filled collection will delight daytime television devotees. Agent: Cait Hoyt, Creative Artists Agency.
Fun and enjoyable read. However, if you watch Live with Kelly and Ryan you will have heard many of the stories.....But, I'm glad I purchased the book.
Kelly, if you’re reading this I just want you to know that I’m a mom of a 1 and 3 year old, and cried through your empty nest stories about your three kids. Knowing one day that would be me. I already dread it!
I’ve watched Live! many times over the years, and have always absorbed your tips of wisdom. This book is no different. Thank you for sharing even more!
P.S. you should write semi-fictional novels about love or loving kids or something of the sorts, I think you’d be good at it.
Kelly Ripa is so entertaining on tv it’s no wonder she would be just as entertaining in her book!! I enjoyed every second of Live Wire, my only disappointment was when it ended, I wanted to read more! Great job!