[Note from the Editor: Reading Giuliana Rancic’s memoir, I laughed out loud. I know people say that to hint at how funny a book is, but I literally spat out my tea several times while reading this book. Guiliana’s stories are hilarious, her voice is charming and candid, and when I finished, I felt inspired to be bold and go off script a little bit in my own life. Talking with her was a real treat!]
Read It Forward: How was it writing memoir? You have other books out there, but this is your first memoir. You start in the beginning – “I was born a celebrity” is the first line, such a funny way to introduce your crazy Italian family! – and you really do move quickly through some hilarious, surprising, and poignant moments in your life. How did you decide where to stop along the way?
Guiliana Rancic: I didn’t realize what an undertaking it would be to write a memoir, to be quite honest. There were many nights when it felt daunting, just having to decide how personal to get.
There are stories in there I haven’t shared before – about past relationships, or my childhood, insecurities – certain things in my adult life I’ve blocked out. Then I had to go back and relive them all, and that was tough, that was definitely the hardest part.
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But I felt like if you’re going to write a memoir, you’re agreeing to be truthful. Otherwise, don’t do it. You have to be truthful, you have to share the stories that molded you, the stories that made you who you are today. That’s how I figured it out.
Even after I wrote it – it was funny – I had some friends read the manuscript, and they said, “But you didn’t tell the story about that time in Vegas…” And I thought, “Oh no! That was a great story! Okay, I’ll have to save that for the next one.”
There’s only so much you can do in 265 pages. I just thought it’s my first memoir, and I should focus on stories that made me who I am – the real essence of who I am.
And I was always looking for stories that are somewhat relatable to people. Not all of them are! Some of them are in there just for the sheer comedy of them – like the ones that have to do with my Italian family.
But even those, I’m sure a lot of women who grew up in crazy households will be able to relate to those stories. I tried to find stories that women could relate to. I wanted to be truthful and connect with people. I’m so excited that my book is out there!
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