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Try Hard : Tales from the Life of a Needy Overachiever - Em Rusciano

Try Hard

Tales from the Life of a Needy Overachiever

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Published: 1st November 2016
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A hilarious, heartfelt memoir from one of Australia’s most adored performers

Funny, feisty and fabulous, Em Rusciano’s insights into her world of mayhem, marriage and motherhood are a laugh-out-loud, cry-out-loud balm for the soul.

From her exploits at Miss Sheila Fancypants School of Dance and her efforts to secure a solo at her end-of-year performance, to embracing the spotlight as an Australian Idol contestant and her deep and abiding love for John Farnham, Em Rusciano is a self-confessed bottomless pit of anxiety with a taste for glitter.

And behind the stage make-up Em is an overachiever of epic proportions, camp to the core and fiercely maternal. She has all the insecurities of a person who spends their nights racked with self-doubt and all the confidence of a woman who can walk out onto a stage in front of a sold-out theatre and absolutely slay the crowd. Em has an army of gay men she adores, tells the best dirty jokes and loves those closest to her ferociously. When the chips are down you definitely want her by your side.

This all-singing, all-dancing, all-emoting, leopard-print clad warrior is fearless, fabulous and pants-wettingly funny. Her words on the page are silly and sacred, bawdy and heart-felt. The stuff of life.

Try Hard is her story.

Because she is. And she does.

About the Author

Emelia "Em" Rusciano (born 1 March 1979) is an Australian comedian, singer, and radio presenter.

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    Great read, inspirational, relatable!

     
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        A seriously surprising and enjoyable book which inspires, imparts hope and reminds the reader of the importance of family.

         
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          Loved this book, she is hilarious and a great writer. Can just imagine her voice as I read it.

           
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                Fastest I've ever read s book. Love the natural no holds barred style of writing as Em lays it all on the line.

                 
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                  Highly recommend! Very entertaining and extremely honest. Once you start reading it, you can't put it down.

                   
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                    Hilarious, honest and sometimes very raw, Em Rusciano has written a fabulous autobiography.

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                    ISBN: 9781925310757
                    ISBN-10: 1925310752
                    Audience: General
                    Format: Paperback
                    Language: English
                    Number Of Pages: 304
                    Published: 1st November 2016
                    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia
                    Country of Publication: AU
                    Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.6
                    Weight (kg): 0.43