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Born Standing Up, by Steve Martin, achieves bestseller status because it is a very serious book by a very serious man about how he became the most successful live comedian in history, selling out arenas, and why he abdicated stand-up at the top of his game. Consistency, the reader learns, is what make a comedian have a great career; this comic achieved that via a tremendous work ethic and the analytic skills of chess-master Gary Kasparov. There are light moments, healthy dollops of gossip, self-deprecation to endear the reader, the kind of rigorous self-analysis one rarely gets and rings true, let alone from a comedian, and a compelling view of his dysfunctional family in Orange County California where he grew up and spurred his interest in comedy and magic. This surprisingly candid book from a very private man is required reading for anyone in or who wants to be in showbiz.