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Between the Bridge and the River, by Craig Ferguson.

I initially picked this book up because I had previous interest in Craig Ferguson, the actor. This was before I knew he had a late night show, but after I had enjoyed his performance as Mr. Wick, Drew's boss on The Drew Carey Show. I found him funny in a weird, disquieting way, so I figured this book would be right up my alley. It was. I really enjoyed it. It wasn't quite as laugh out loud funny as I thought it would be, but still pretty funny.

Here's the review from Publishers Weekly, by way of amazon.com if you're interested:

A gallery of grotesques slogs through the sewers of the entertainment industry toward redemption in this exhilarating debut novel from the host of The Late Late Show. Leading the pack are Fraser, a Scottish "phony TV evangelist... drunken, selfish media prick... gossip and sot" who has been disgraced in a sex scandal; his cancer-stricken boyhood pal, George; vapid sit-com star Leon; and Leon's 300-pound, sexually perverted Svengali brother, Saul. They make their separate but linked ways through a world populated by snake handlers, serial killers, dead-eyed whores and hack studio executives pushing formulaic action films, while they take hallucinatory side trips. The sprawling tale, with plenty of Scottish backstory, casts a jaundiced eye on media debaucheries and petty vanities, throwing in miscellaneous riffs on everything from Starbuck's to escort ads, but Ferguson is particularly sharp—and funny—on Hollywood proper. For every satire of organized religion or a Vegas that's "as glitzy as a trailer park at Christmas," however, he delivers an injunction to "help others" or an ode to Paris in springtime that somehow sounds fresh. The result is a tour de force of cynical humor and poignant reverie, a caustic yet ebullient picaresque that approaches the sacred by way of the profane.
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