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By Bob Andelman
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This is not a show people tune into for a lot of heartbreaking conversation. I’m not Oprah and I don’t enjoy fiddling with your heartstrings.
So on its own merits, I honestly would have never chosen Kambri Crews’ new book, Burn Down the Ground: A Memoir as a topic of conversation.
But there’s a quirky bit of Mr. Media history tangled up here.
KAMBRI CREWS audio excerpt: “It is a sad story. But it’s not full of sadness. It’s full of hope.”
You can LISTEN to this interview with writer KAMBRI CREWS, author of BURN DOWN THE GROUND: A MEMOIR, by clicking the audio player above!
Several years ago, Kambri’s husband, comedian Christian Finnegan, was a guest on the show. We got to talking about in-law jokes and he made a remark about how he doesn’t joke about his because his mother-in-law is a lovely woman and his deaf father-in-law is serving 20 years in a Texas prison for attempted murder.
That momentarily brought the conversation to a halt. Frankly, I didn’t know what to say.
A few weeks ago, a publicist pitched me on a new book by Kambri Crews about her insanely crazy, sometimes violent upbringing as a hearing child of deaf parents. I didn’t really think it was right for this show until I read the last line of the pitch: “She is married to standup comedian Christian Finnegan.”
Quick, what’s American Sign Language for “Holy Shit!”?
Suddenly I had the opportunity to get what the late broadcaster Paul Harvey would call “the REST of the story.”
Kambri Crews Website • Twitter • Facebook • Read an excerpt • Order Burn Down the Ground: A Memoir from Amazon.com
Bob Andelman is the host and producer of Mr. Media® Interviews. He is also the author or co-author of 12 books, including Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman’s Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).