Ham: Slices of a Life: Essays and Stories

Ham Slices of a Life Essays and Stories For fans of David Sedaris and Chelsea Handler these stories and essays about friendship celebrity growing up and getting sober will have you laughing and crying in equal measure With a wry style th

  • Title: Ham: Slices of a Life: Essays and Stories
  • Author: SamHarris
  • ISBN: 9781476733418
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For fans of David Sedaris and Chelsea Handler, these stories and essays about friendship, celebrity, growing up and getting sober will have you laughing and crying in equal measure.With a wry style that evokes comparisons to Carrie Fisher, David Rakoff, and Steve Martin, Sam Harris proves that he is a natural humorist Even The New York Times, in a review of one of his musFor fans of David Sedaris and Chelsea Handler, these stories and essays about friendship, celebrity, growing up and getting sober will have you laughing and crying in equal measure.With a wry style that evokes comparisons to Carrie Fisher, David Rakoff, and Steve Martin, Sam Harris proves that he is a natural humorist Even The New York Times, in a review of one of his musical performances, called his stories New Yorker worthy Brilliantly written, these sixteen stories span Harris s life from growing up gay in the buckle of America s Bible belt to performing on Oprah s first show after 9 11 In I Feel, You Feel he opens for Aretha Franklin during a blizzard Promises is a front row account of Liza Minnelli s infamous wedding to the man whose name shall go unmentioned In the title story, Ham, he describes how he was upstaged by a young child actor, unknowingly addicted to the spotlight.Taking on issues as diverse as addiction, fame, and parenting with his hilarious and deeply human voice, Harris s entertaining tales trace an arc of personal triumph that is universally accessible and inspiring.

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    About “SamHarris

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      Sam Harris diversified career has run the gamut from singer and songwriter to actor on Broadway, film and television to writer, director and producer Sam s now legendary performances on TV s Star Search led to a multi million selling recording career He has 9 studio cds to his credit and has toured the world in concert, played at The White House, Carnegie Hall, with the Boston Pops and with Cyndi Lauper s True Colors tour Sam is also a Tony nominated Broadway star, The Life, Grease, The Producers and starred in numerous off Broadway productions including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Hair, Pippin, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cabaret, The Jazz Singer and The First Wives Club Sam was a series regular on the CBS series, The Class, and has appeared on numerous television shows as an actor and also as popular talk show guest on everything from Leno to Oprah to Fallon Behind the scenes, he created and co wrote the television series, Down to Earth TBS, 4 years , the musical Hurry Hurry Hollywood, and Liza s Back at the Palace, which won the Tony Award, co produced the television special Love Letter to New York, and wrote and directed the concert event New York s Finest He now adds author to his long list of accomplishments with the release of his first book Ham Slices of a Life, a collection of essays and stories published by Simon Schuster due in January of 2014 Sam lives in Los Angeles with his husband, Danny and their child, Cooper.



    845 thoughts on “Ham: Slices of a Life: Essays and Stories

    • Sam Harris is among the lucky ones…one of the lucky ones who survived high school in Oklahoma as a young gay man in the pre-acceptance days and got away…got away to Nashville, Broadway and finally to Hollywood where he survived his own early success as a belt-‘em-out white man singing songs made famous by black women. Now, as a proud father himself and looking back, he shares the highs and lows and the realities of a show business life.It is a joy to read of someone who finds and nourishes [...]


    • Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/ARC from NetGalley. Thank you NetGalley!!!!The blurb said ”For fans of David Sedaris and Chelsea Handler, these stories and essays about friendship, celebrity, growing up and getting sober will have you laughing and crying in equal measure."I knew nothing about Sam Harris before starting this book, but I love me some David Sedaris so I was all in. While I knew Harris would never make me want to throw my #1 funny man to the side, I hoped I would at least [...]


    • I won this book in a drawing. It was funny, thoughtful, and engaging. I like these short vignettes, about childhood, crazy parents, and weddings. I am a teacher and was reading during class, and I started laughing. So, be careful where you read this book!


    • (galley copy provided by netgalley for review)I absolutely loved this book. I didn't know anything about it, or anything about Sam Harris before I started reading. I saw the blurb comparing him to David Sedaris, and because I'm a fan of Sedaris, I thought I'd give Ham a try. Going into the book with no expectations made it a lot of fun, because Harris has had some really impressive experiences and is friends with a Who's Who of red carpet folks. He doesn't use that as a crutch, though, no name-d [...]


    • I received the advanced uncorrected proofs copy of the book in the mail, and I was immediately excited. As a fan of Mr. Harris since his Star Search days, I couldn't wait to dive into this book to learn a bit more about him. I hesitate to call this a memoir because it feels like so much more than that. Reading this book I felt as though Mr. Harris took my hand, led me into his living room, gave me some cocoa, and talked to me like old friends do. I could relate to quite a few of his experiences, [...]


    • I am not quite sure what to make of this collection of essays by Sam Harris, winner of Star Search and musical theater star. Some of the stories were really sad, some were bordering offensive, some were funny. I had to do some research about Sam Harris to find out who I was really reading about, and then it made it a little easier. Although insights into the behind the scenes theater world were interesting, it was also very depressing. The essays were written from a very light-hearted viewpoint, [...]


    • This book is more of a memoir as told with non-chronological stories about the life of Sam Harris. Since being the winner of Star Search, pursuing a musical career, becoming a minor celebrity and socializing with some famous people, Sam has some interesting stories to tell. We get a pretty good view of his life including his struggles with being gay, his longterm relationship with Danny, their adoption of a son, his career and his social life. I was expecting a compendium of general stories and [...]


    • I never meant to read this book. Quite frankly,when I was choosing books for my e-Reader I saw the cover, my eyes glanced over "David Sedaris" in the first line of the blurb--and thought I was getting an ARC of Sedaris's newest. So when I opened the book on my Kindle and saw author "Sam Harris", I was like,"Who the heck is Sam Harris?!" But now I know and Mr. Harris had me from at least Chapter 3 when he dished out what I first thought was some delicious celebrity gossip--and later realized was [...]


    • This was a win from First Reads- my very first one. Many times when I've been browsing in bookstores, I have come across a book of essays. I've never really shown alot of interest in these little books of short stories, but reading Sam Harris' book was a delightful surprise!It's always a good day when you come across a new Author that you have never read, and find them to be be both very funny and relatable at the same time.Mr. Harris' work read like a comedy, at times even hysterical , and yet [...]


    • I'm not sure why I wanted to read this book. I don't like musicals particularly. I wasn't a fan of Star Search when it was on. Maybe I just had a "where are they now" kind of curiosity about Sam Harris. I'm really glad my need to know won out, because Ham was one of the best memoirs I've read recently.The book isn't set up chronologically, but is more like setting down with a friend as they tell you stories from their life. Sometimes they are hilarious gems featuring divas (the Liza Minnelli wed [...]


    • I won this book in a giveaway, and I am so happy I did.When I first received this book in the mail, I was disappointed that it was written by a famous Broadway performer. I originally thought it was written by someone like me - someone normal, meaning not famous, who had been through the everyday struggles of this life and society. As I read the book, I realized that Sam Harris is just like the rest of us. His success and fame on the stage does not change that. In the book, Harris writes 16 sto [...]


    • Sam Harris narrates his life to this point in a way that is by turns hysterically funny and incredibly poignant. Growing up gay in Oklahoma in the 1960's, he must come to terms with his family, the close-minded residents of his little town and himself. He becomes a singer, and music and musical theater are his salvation. He moves among the top tier of contemporary musicians. His account of his concert in Cleveland with Aretha Franklin is priceless. Sam deals with major social issues of our time [...]


    • 3.5 stars. Unexpectedly good book! I'm honestly not sure why I bought it ( makes it so easy) but I'm glad I did. The book covers a range of topics in short vignettes - growing up gay in Oklahoma, friendship with Liza Minnelli, battling alcoholism, and ultimately adopting a son with his husband. At times funny, sad, and heart-warming (the end will make you cry), I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend. It has a David Sedaris feel, but it's actually funny and doesn't have the acidic meanness tha [...]


    • This is a great read! Written with raw honesty, I found myself so entranced with the words. I became part of world that this wonderful person had lived and had invited me to join. The pain, secrets and joy and wonderment is written so well the reader is consumed. I loved it was sad to read the last page just wanted one more chapter but then that would not have been enough. Thank you Mr. Harris for sharing.


    • This book is stellar in the way it pulls your from the beginning all the way to the end. You will laugh and you will cry and in some of the stories you will find yourself nodding because you connect on a personal level. What more could anyone ask of a book?It is simply hilarious and amazing and I cannot wait for this talented author to tell me more!


    • This book was given to me by the publishers thru netgalley.I have always said I will never buy a kindle. I remember when they first came out, all of my friends and family were separately coming up and telling me about this thing that was coming out that they think I would love. My dad was actually the first, saying something like "hey, have you heard of that new device thing where you will be able to access any and every book or periodical? It's thru amazon I think, and it'll be kinda like a lil [...]


    • Did I sing the ballad yet? Was I amazing?Sam Harris will forever be remembered as the kid who won the first season of Star Search with his dramatic rendition of "Over the Rainbow." Though he played Broadway, was nominated for Tony Awards, gave a sold out concert at Carnegie Hall, sang with The Boston Pops, sang at The White House, sang on Oprah's first show Post 9/11, opened for his idol, Aretha Franklin, and was the Maid of Honor at Liza's ill fated marriage, his Star Search triumph hangs aroun [...]


    • Ham: Slices of a Life: Essays and Stories is a collection of short stories and anecdotes from theater performer and Star Search winner Sam Harris. A gay man who grew up in the Christian south with a flair for performing for a crowd, these stories give an insight into his personal life, and life behind the curtain.When I saw this title on Netgalley, I was immediately interested. Being LGBT and a fan of theater, I thought I'd connect to the story. Plus, the blurb compared the author to the likes o [...]


    • Slice off some bacon! ‘Cause everybody loves bacon!Sam Harris’ collection of essays and stories, Ham: Slices of A Life, is a delightful read. Not a timeline memoir, but more of a contemplative and episodic examination of events in his life, Harris’ honesty and frankness is engagingly presented in a lyrical prose. Each story or essay revolves around a theme and many of them take a turn half way through and offer yet another theme for contemplation. There is Sam’s first quiet summer romanc [...]


    • I received this book for the First Reads giveaway program. Thank you author/publisher for the opportunity to read and review Sam's first book!4.5 starsHam: Slices of a Life: Essays and Stories by Sam Harris is a collection of 16 separate stories of Sam's life not in any certain order but they do all come together to make a good ending.Ahhh Star Search I remember the day I was a young teen watching in the 80s Sam Harris had a fabulous run on that show. But wait! There is so much more to Sam Harr [...]


    • This review is for the audio version of the book. I am not sure why I chose Ham: Slices of Life Essays and Stories by Sam Harris to listen to. It must have been an Audible recommendation, because I had absolutely no idea who Sam Harris was. I still really don’t know who he is, other than he sings, knows lots of famous people (Hello! Best friends with Liza Minnelli), and is really, really funny. This book is a collection of 16 essays. They range from laugh out loud funny, to charming and sweet. [...]


    • Yes, its marketing compares him to David Sedaris -- and this is probably one of the few times I can understand what the marketing gurus are saying here, as opposed to other times after I read a collection of satiric autobiographical stories and think, “Nope, no David Sedaris-essence here.” -- but I’d still call Sam’s work a new storytelling voice that’s uniquely his own.Readers are introduced to Sam, whose subtle ways of dropping hints and clever meanderings leads us to wonderful insig [...]


    • I won an advanced copy of this book. I've been a fan of Sam Harris back from his Star Search days. This was a very intimate look into his life. Each chapter is a separate story. You get to peek behind the curtain and really get to know his story. You'll learn what his life was like growing up, struggling to fit in, and yearning to get into show business. You'll laugh, cry, and perhaps cringe a time or two. If you've ever had the chance to see him live, you already know what a captivating story t [...]


    • Sam Harris, known for his incredible singing and ability to capture the soul and strength of those songs made popular traditionally by black women, is also an excellent story teller and comedian. Growing up in Oklahoma, a young gay man with his unique talent doesn't necessarily have an easy life ahead of him--and show business isn't a piece of cake either. Harris approaches his own story without preach or baggage, and although he is associated with many famous people, he mentions them with a cas [...]


    • I received this as a giveaway in the First Reads contest. Upon receiving the book I put it aside and later came upon it in rearranging books in the den. I put it in my computer case to read on my daily train commute and finally began it a few days ago. I had never heard of Sam Harris as I am not a current TV, Broadway, or movie watcher. While I chuckled at a couple of stories and wondered whether these were true stories or not, I read on and also looked up information on Sam Harris. After readin [...]


    • This is a no-holds-barred group of essays that form a collective memoir, written by a man who is known for his acting and singing, but who could have succeeded as a writer. He includes poignant events from a challenging (to say the least) childhood. The first half of the book includes some of the funniest writing I've ever read. My only criticism is that he arranged the events so that some of the most harrowing come in the last third of the book. So, you will roll on the floor laughing in the be [...]


    • I really enjoyed this book, picking it up having no idea who Sam Harris was. In fact, at this point I feel like I know him so well I want to rate this book a 5 star only because I know he would take it as a personal affront if I didn't. I will give it 4 stars because I have a crazy detailed list of criteria of how I rate books and this one feel into many levels. 3,4&5. I really only read one chapter at a time, and it took me months to finish which puts it more as a 3, but I told many people [...]


    • What could produce more music, magic, and mayhem than a Broadway show? Sam Harris’ book of anecdotes about growing up gay, fabulous, and talented are funny, heartfelt, and self-deprecating. There are insights into well-known superstars, the ups and downs of alcoholism, and the dredge of trying to break into show biz. Perhaps the best moments of the book are when Sam describes life with his son, and the process he and his partner took to adoption. Sam Harris’ writing could easily enough be co [...]


    • In 1984 my Dad called me into the living room, he was watching Star Search. He told me to sit and watch the guy who was going to be singing next. It was Sam Harris. I was mesmerized by his looks and when he opened his mouth, I was hooked.I was sitting in front of that television set for the next four months, watching Sam win and win and win. He was the best performer I had ever heard! When he hit those high notes he gave me the goosebumps and 30 years later, he still does.I own every song he eve [...]


    • Mary I loved the beginning of this book. I loved the end of this book. I made myself read the middle of the book. I just couldn't find the roaring humor in the book everyone else did, though. PatrickHarris' life on stage with the "divas" was interesting and painful to read. His stories with Liza were loving, warm and funny. Sam's real strength is in his inner strength as a, a friend, a lifetime partner, and most of all as a father. While I didn't find this memoir a riot, it is a good book, and t [...]


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