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In this unique and hilarious debut memoir, writer and comedian Greg Mania chronicles life as a "pariah prodigy." From inadvertently coming out to his Polish immigrant parents, to immersing himself in the world of New York City nightlife, and finding himself and his voice in comedy. "Born to Be Public" is a vulnerable and poignant exploration of identity (and the rediscover In this unique and hilarious debut memoir, writer and comedian Greg Mania chronicles life as a "pariah prodigy." From inadvertently coming out to his Polish immigrant parents, to immersing himself in the world of New York City nightlife, and finding himself and his voice in comedy. "Born to Be Public" is a vulnerable and poignant exploration of identity (and the rediscovery of it), mental health, sex and relationships, all while pursuing a passion with victories and tragicomic blunders. At once raw and relatable, Mania's one-of-a-kind voice will make you shed tears from laughter and find its way into your heart.


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In this unique and hilarious debut memoir, writer and comedian Greg Mania chronicles life as a "pariah prodigy." From inadvertently coming out to his Polish immigrant parents, to immersing himself in the world of New York City nightlife, and finding himself and his voice in comedy. "Born to Be Public" is a vulnerable and poignant exploration of identity (and the rediscover In this unique and hilarious debut memoir, writer and comedian Greg Mania chronicles life as a "pariah prodigy." From inadvertently coming out to his Polish immigrant parents, to immersing himself in the world of New York City nightlife, and finding himself and his voice in comedy. "Born to Be Public" is a vulnerable and poignant exploration of identity (and the rediscovery of it), mental health, sex and relationships, all while pursuing a passion with victories and tragicomic blunders. At once raw and relatable, Mania's one-of-a-kind voice will make you shed tears from laughter and find its way into your heart.

30 review for Born to Be Public

  1. 4 out of 5

    Greg Mania

    Five stars, because of course.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katherine D. Morgan

    Very charming and very funny. I actually laughed out loud multiple times and I don’t normally do that because I’m tired and bitter. Mania made me want to move to NYC, which I’m shocked about (we have all seen the “Why I’m moving away from NYC” essays). It’s short, sweet, and to the point. I would DEFINITELY recommend it if you like Samantha Irby.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Erik

    A punk recollection of a time spent in nightlife, school, and comedy, Greg Mania's [Mahn-ya or Mania] "Born to Be Public" is reflection on the last decade of greatness in New York City. A son of polish immigrants born outside Trenton, NJ, Mania embraced his unique take on the world from a young age and burst onto the New York scene playing the role of hair stencil artist, Bjork-esque go-go boy, and studious student. "Born to Be Public" tells the story of a New York on the brink of change, a New Y A punk recollection of a time spent in nightlife, school, and comedy, Greg Mania's [Mahn-ya or Mania] "Born to Be Public" is reflection on the last decade of greatness in New York City. A son of polish immigrants born outside Trenton, NJ, Mania embraced his unique take on the world from a young age and burst onto the New York scene playing the role of hair stencil artist, Bjork-esque go-go boy, and studious student. "Born to Be Public" tells the story of a New York on the brink of change, a New York I was familiar with myself, that was slowly sacrificing the last few dives at the mercy of encroaching IHOPs (there is definitely more than one in Manhattan these days.) "Born to Be Public" is a quick, zany take on a life that is equal parts grounded in self-assuredness and still trying to find out who you are. Grab a copy and give it a read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Lawson

    Funny and vulnerable all at once.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Anderson

    I read this book over the course of one day...it was un-put-downable. Full of heart, vulnerability, raunch and New York City references that make you feel like you’re sweating in Penn station and somehow loving it, Born to Be Public is hilarious and captivating. Greg Mania lives up to the title as someone whose name we’re going to be hearing for a long time.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Hunter

    I had so much fun reading this, and the chapter on Roy spoke to me deeply. There are tons of moments like that: insights so real, so moving, that laughing through tears became the norm.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Katie Smith-Siegel

    Greg Mania is, in many ways, a paradox. An effortlessly gifted student by day and a club kid by night; a connoisseur of highbrow art and culture who is also fluent in reality TV and Applebees menus; a towering, intimidating physical presence (even without the 11-inch mohawk) who makes you feel anything but small while talking to him. Above all else, he's always wearing his heart on his sleeve...even if he's only wearing a sleeveless fishnet crop top. Greg has managed to neatly package these beau Greg Mania is, in many ways, a paradox. An effortlessly gifted student by day and a club kid by night; a connoisseur of highbrow art and culture who is also fluent in reality TV and Applebees menus; a towering, intimidating physical presence (even without the 11-inch mohawk) who makes you feel anything but small while talking to him. Above all else, he's always wearing his heart on his sleeve...even if he's only wearing a sleeveless fishnet crop top. Greg has managed to neatly package these beautiful contradictions in his hilarious and honest debut memoir, "Born to be Public." It's equal parks raw, revealing, vulnerable, heartwarming, inspiring, and one-of-a-kind, just like Greg himself. The experience of reading Greg's work during this dumpster fire of a year is like how I imagine the "Great British Baking Show" judges feel when one baker finally nails the technical challenge after the other ten produce health code violation-caliber bakes: it's a sweet relief. Greg, thank you for sharing the first 20-something years of your life with us in this book! I can't wait to see and read what comes next.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Juno

    This is literally the funniest book I've ever read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    I started reading this book and couldn’t put it down, although, I had to because I want to milk every page as long as I could. I laughed out loud, and got choked up multiple times (in a good way!) I related to this book on some levels, it made me reminiscent of my time spent in NYC nightlife, and the ackward dating experiences I’ve had. So thank you Greg for writing this book. For being vulnerable, and showing humor in those ackward situations we all experienced at least once in our life. Please I started reading this book and couldn’t put it down, although, I had to because I want to milk every page as long as I could. I laughed out loud, and got choked up multiple times (in a good way!) I related to this book on some levels, it made me reminiscent of my time spent in NYC nightlife, and the ackward dating experiences I’ve had. So thank you Greg for writing this book. For being vulnerable, and showing humor in those ackward situations we all experienced at least once in our life. Please BUY this book, it will bring you more joy than a bouquet of mozzarella sticks...well I don’t know about that actually but you get the point.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brynn

    "But that's the thing: identity is never neat. It's messy, ever-changing, grainy, unpredictable, frenetic, all over the place, and we'll never be able to reconcile ourselves because we're not supposed to. Every time we think we have ourselves figured out, we go and change again." (29) "From the first night, Magic Monday had this familiar sense of family, like these were people I've known my whole life and that night was just a missing piece of the puzzle I was trying to find in the scheme of tryi "But that's the thing: identity is never neat. It's messy, ever-changing, grainy, unpredictable, frenetic, all over the place, and we'll never be able to reconcile ourselves because we're not supposed to. Every time we think we have ourselves figured out, we go and change again." (29) "From the first night, Magic Monday had this familiar sense of family, like these were people I've known my whole life and that night was just a missing piece of the puzzle I was trying to find in the scheme of trying to find where I belong." (75) "Two best friends WHO SHALL REMAIN UNNAMED went door to door in one of the friend's apartment building asking each tenant if they had any Xanax like they were neighbors asking to borrow a cup of sugar." (136) "I wish I had responded with something deep and pensive, some hoopla about how the past is the past, and what matters is the future, BLAH SMEH UGH. Some musing about how, as a writer, my memories are malleable and never far off—all it takes is the right combination of words, peppered with a sometimes painstakingly thought out verb to conjure whatever image I want in your head. Perhaps I could have deployed an elaborate metaphor, calling upon my theater days, when saying "scene" indicates the beginning or end of a scene: it's the start and the stop, going from one end to another and back again, and arriving at the point that growth is more cyclical than linear. But I'M NOT THAT SMART. It took me no fewer than forty-five minutes to come up with that metaphor just now, as I finish writing this book. This book where I metabolize my past, present, and future, sometimes all at once, turning the memories I have made into stories I will continue to tell, promising him that the person he wishes he had known would be introduced to him—to everyone—on page one, and that all you have to do to meet him is go back to the beginning. But being a writer means never having the right words the first time." (179)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Pete Medrano

    It should go without saying that 2020 has been a literal landfill, however, if you're looking to lift your spirits and LOL IRL then look no further than Greg Mania's stunning and heartfelt debut memoir, Born to Be Public. It is rare to find an author who is able to have their written text come alive as if they were in the room with you— But in Greg Mania's case, HE'S RIGHT IN YOUR FACE AND HE SHOWS NO SIGNS OF HOLDING BACK! Do yourself the favor and purchase my favorite book and join the beloved It should go without saying that 2020 has been a literal landfill, however, if you're looking to lift your spirits and LOL IRL then look no further than Greg Mania's stunning and heartfelt debut memoir, Born to Be Public. It is rare to find an author who is able to have their written text come alive as if they were in the room with you— But in Greg Mania's case, HE'S RIGHT IN YOUR FACE AND HE SHOWS NO SIGNS OF HOLDING BACK! Do yourself the favor and purchase my favorite book and join the beloved army of Maniacs.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Crissy

    I laughed my way through this hilarious and poignantly honest memoir. How often can you say a book makes you laugh out loud? If you’re a fan of Greg Mania’s internet presence (how could you not be?), this book is a delightful door into a long form tweet. It has the same sharp humor we all love interspersed with thoughtful anecdotes and glimpses into Greg’s self-discovery. I loved every chapter and can’t wait to see his career in comedy take off!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Charlene Elsby

    Greg Mania explains, in this book, how he came to be able to express himself in the correct rhythm and with the exact number of syllables required to elicit laughter from his audience, and dagnabbit it works! He’s hilarious, no matter what he’s talking about. There’s also an element of “getting some insight into the behind the scenes of the cool kid group” throughout this book, but Greg’s prom picture is enough to convince me that one day I could be cool too.

  14. 5 out of 5

    FabulousRaye

    This is one of Auntie's top 10 of 2020. It's fabulous, wonderful, hilarious and quotable. It's probably my most highlighted kindle book, EVER. You need to buy this. Also, Greg Mania needs to be more well known.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bree Roberts

    LOVED THIS! Clever, witty and charming memoir by an equally charming writer! This is for anyone who ever partied in NYC, or felt like an outsider, or both. Can't wait to read his next book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lori Zimmer

    Hilarious, thoughtful and honest. Mania lets you into his intimate world of New York nightlife and self discovery. Couldn't put it down.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Manon McLull

    This book had me laughing out loud, which I don't usually do—not even with funny books! It's clear that Mania is poised to have a prolific career. What a debut!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Moody

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mary Swisshelm

  20. 5 out of 5

    John Glynn

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Taylor

  22. 4 out of 5

    Megan Guiry

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kasia

  24. 5 out of 5

    Luv2Read

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marygrace

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lawanda

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mike Ingram

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michael Taeckens

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Cheresnick

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