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Judd Apatow Invites Comedians to Open Up in ‘Sicker’ and 4 More Books to Add to Your Reading List


“Hollywood is waiting to see if this was a fluke or if Apatow can officially write his own post,” I said in my piece for “Nightline” when I worked for ABC News.

It wasn’t a fluke.

One of the fun biographical details Apatow shared at the time was that as a student, he used his high school radio show to score interviews with hit comedians such as Garry Shandling and Jerry Seinfeld. In 2016, Apatow took those tapes, transcribed the interviews, and turned them into his first book, “Sick in the Head.”

Apatow took advantage of so many people having so much free time to score interviews with legends such as David Letterman, Whoopi Goldberg and Will Ferrell as well as young talents such as Bowen Yang and Amber Ruffin.

In “Sicker,” they discuss everything from mental health to performance pressures to Hollywood’s relentless reshuffling. This book allows readers to step into the shoes of their favorite comedians as they reveal that they may not be as comfortable in their own skin as fans imagine.

The interview was fun of course, but Apatow was also thoughtful, frank and even profound. I hope you like.

What else Jake is reading

“The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead

Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Nickel Boys” follows the story of two boys sent to a nightmarish correctional school in Florida during the Jim Crow era. Caught in an unfair and cruel system, Elwood and Turner’s friendship ultimately leads to a fateful decision.

Buy ‘The Nickel Boys’ via Bookshop.org here

“The Sheriff of Babylon” by Tom King and Mitch Gerads

King and Gerads reunite to create a 12-issue comedy thriller centered around Chris Henry, a Florida cop turned military consultant, who is tasked with training cadets in Baghdad after 9/11. But after his intern is found dead, he and his allies, Nassir and Sophia, must find out who killed him despite unforeseen strings being pulled in the background.

Purchase ‘The Sheriff of Babylon’ via Bookshop.org here

Recommended by the ‘Jake Tapper Book Club’

“Write for Your Life” by Anna Quindlen

Quindlen, journalist and novelist, draws on her personal experience to highlight the power of writing and recording our lives. Using authors like Anne Frank and Toni Morrison, in addition to love letters and journal musings, she argues that writing is essential to connecting with ourselves and with others.

Buy ‘Write For Your Life’ via Bookshop.org here

‘The Impossible City: A Hong Kong Memoir’ by Karen Cheung

Born in Hong Kong on the eve of its handover to China in 1997, Cheung writes about it with the insight and insights of an insider and journalist. In a city on the fringes of China’s spectacular global rise – among artists, students, protesters and Hong Kong’s cosmopolitan residents – Cheung offers us vivid portraits of the characters and daily events that make up life in a rapidly changing metropolis.

Buy ‘The Impossible City’ via Bookshop.org here

Spotlight on an independent bookstore

In our continued efforts to showcase independent bookstores across the country, we salute Orca Book Cooperative in Olympia, Washington. Located in the heart of downtown, the decades-old store became a member-owned co-op in 2020. “Orca Books Co-op is dedicated to providing a safer and more welcoming space for all,” the store writes on its website. It sells new and used books and organizes events.
Do you have a favorite bookstore? Tweet @JakeTapper with your choice and we may feature it in a future newsletter.

What’s Happening on ‘Jake Tapper’s Book Club’ on CNN+

  • April 17 – Jake chats with Elizabeth Alexander, the author of a poignant new book, ‘The Trayvon Generation’, in which she examines the impact of the past decade of racial justice uprisings on black youth through art .
  • April 24 — Jake interviews Andrea Yaryura Clark, whose book “On a Night of a Thousand Stars” creates a beautiful but heartbreaking story of life during Argentina’s Dirty War and a girl’s quest to uncover the truth about his family.
  • 1st May — Jake talks to Danyel Smith, the former editor of Vibe magazine, about the major contributions of black women to pop music, from Billie Holiday to Whitney and Beyoncé and more.