George Lopez, author, visits Houston

Arts & Entertainment, General

I’m Not Gonna Lie: And Other Lies You Tell When You Turn 50” goes on sale today. This is the second book by celebrated comedian, actor and author George Lopez. Houstonians will have a chance to stand in line to get their copies of the book signed by Lopez himself this Friday, May 10, 2013 at 7 pm at Brazos Bookstore. I suggest you make a reservation before just showing up; it’s going to be a busy event.

I’m not gonna lie, my first reaction to hearing that Lopez had a book was shock. He can write? (That was my lame attempt at humor. You can tell that I’m not a comedian.)

Seriously, though, I didn’t know that he was a writer. I checked up and found out that his first book, “Why You Crying?: My Long, Hard Look at Life, Love, and Laughter,” placed in the New York Times Bestsellers top twenty. Of course, it was co-written by award-winning writer Armen Keteyian, but that’s still a wonderful achievement for Lopez.

I haven’t read “I’m Not Gonna Lie” (since it just comes out today), and I haven’t found any reviews posted at the sites I check for book info. The little I know about the book I picked up from Amazon:

George Lopez just hit the half-century mark and the reset button on his life. Newly single and ready to embrace life, George was excited to turn fifty. It would be a welcome new phase in his life, a chance to say goodbye to a decade that included a kidney transplant and a divorce. But when he looked around a room full of his childhood friends, all gathered to celebrate his birthday, many now bald or overweight, it suddenly hit him that he was old.

What happened? And more importantly, what was he going to do about it? George learns the hard way that when you turn 50, everything changes. You pull a muscle in your sleep. You avoid mirrors at all costs, and always, always wear a robe. You have to schedule an appointment to have sex. You have to dye your hair and buy a bathtub with a door.

As George learns to embrace life after fifty, he invites readers into his world, sharing the ups and downs of getting older—from his relationship with a much younger woman to a bizarre session with a pet psychic, to a trip behind-the-scenes at his tumultuous two years at Lopez Tonight, to an intimate look at his sacred ground, the golf course—and, for the first time, he reveals in moving detail, the story of the battle for his life against kidney disease.

I’m Not Gonna Lie will make you laugh at yourself, cry about yourself, and look at turning fifty in a way you never would’ve imagined—through the eyes of George Lopez.

I’m almost absolutely certain I’m not going to read this book. I’m not a big fan of Lopez, and autobiographies aren’t my preferred reading material. But I do hope he has another hit on his hands.

Sandra Fernandez

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