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Too Much Is Not Enough by Andrew Rannells
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Too Much Is Not Enough

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We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Andrew Rannells, on your first book!

by Andrew Rannells

Quick take

From bad auditions to a Broadway debut, a behind-the-scenes look at the life of Girls star Andrew Rannells.

Why I love it

Julie Vadnal
Writer

I’m fairly convinced that I’m actually soulmates with Andrew Rannells. There’s the fact that we both moved to New York City from the Midwest to follow our dreams: me from the Chicago suburbs to be a writer, and he from Omaha to be a Broadway star. We also spent much of our twenties broke, wandering downtown Manhattan, and kissing all the wrong boys. I mean, I think that makes us soulmates, right?

While most celebrity memoirs are roundups of notable career highlights, in Too Much is Not Enough, the Girls and Book of Mormon star never actually talks about his time on Girls or Book of Mormon. Instead, this book is his pre-stardom take on all the things that got him to where he is now, from his complicated relationship with his dad, to being a Catholic altar boy, to navigating the off-off-off-Broadway theater scene. (Rannells’s hot tip: “If you walk into a theater and there is free wine, consider it a preemptive apology, or at least a distraction. And always drink it.”)

Rannells is sweet, hysterical, and smart, but you already knew that. Reading his memoir is worth it because he nails what it feels like when you're navigating that nagging twenty-something question: “Am I good enough?” Spoiler alert: You are, he was, and you know what? You might even find that Rannells is your soulmate, too. Don’t worry, I’m willing to share.

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Synopsis

When Andrew Rannells arrived in New York City from Omaha in 1997, he, like many, saw the city as a chance to break free. To start over. To transform the fiercely ambitious but sexually confused teenager he saw in the mirror into the Broadway leading man of his dreams.

In Too Much Is Not Enough, Rannells takes us on the journey of a twentysomething hungry to experience everything: new friends, wild nights, great art, standing ovations. And at the heart of his hunger lies a powerful drive to reconcile the boy he was and the man he might have been with the man he wants to be. As Rannells reveals how he merged these Andrews into the one who made his Broadway debut at 26, he also shares stories from his path to the Great White Way, from horrible auditions and behind-the-curtain romances to the exhilaration of landing his first gig in Hairspray and the heartbreaking death of his father at the height of his ascent. Along the way, Rannells learns that you never really leave your past—or your family—behind; that the most painful, and perversely motivating, jobs are the ones you almost get; and that sometimes the most unforgettable nights are marked not by the hot clubs you danced at, but by the recap over diner food after.

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Preview

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  • Grand Prairie, TX

    Andrew Rannells is a dynamic presence, whether on stage or on page. Somehow he managed to make me laugh, cry, then laugh again within the span of three chapters. Loved this, and have a renewed of him!

  • Providence, RI

    This book was very raw and inspiring. I like how the author focused more on what he was going through before he found his success. Many autobiographies skip over the “little things”!

  • New York , NY

    this book was EVERYTHING and more!!! his writing is gorgeous, his stories were so personal and real. i laughed, i cried, i LOVED learning more about andrew this book was TRULY special!!

  • Seattle, WA

    I picked this up on a lark, trying to find something different. I really enjoyed it. Rannells has a voice that makes me laugh and smile. I wanted to be his friend!

  • Munster, IN

    This had me roaring in laughter. It was so funny and heartfelt and showed the intense struggle that often comes with pursuing our dreams. A fantastic read.

  • Oakland, CA

    I loved this book. I love Andrew Rannells, but loved him even more after reading this. I could relate to a number of his experiences and it gave me hope.

  • Baltimore, MD

    Very fun and light memoir! It felt so much like listening to a best friend telling stories about their life. Also a quick read I finished in 3 days!

  • Covington, LA

    I really enjoyed this book. So many laugh out loud parts! I love Andrew's honesty about the personal moments in his life and about the business.

  • DPO, AE

    This book isn't about famous Andrew Rannells -- it's about Omaha community theater Andrew Rannells. Which is the best thing about it.

  • Indianapolis, IN

    I was rooting for Andrew from page one. Written with warmth, humor and the insight we have from looking BACK at our youth.

  • Redondo Beach , CA

    You can hear Andrew Ranells voice as he tells his story of his early struggles as a broadway actor. Absolutely loved!

  • Novato, CA

    Entertaining memoir, with plenty of theater references for major theater fans like me. Couldn’t put it down.

  • Sarasota, FL

    Funny, touching, honest...a wonderful look at Andrew Rannells' path from Omaha community theater to Broadway.

  • Roanoke, VA

    Andrew is hilarious, but I enjoyed hearing about his struggle to make it in NYC, and his life in Nebraska.

  • Bedford, NH

    I loved Andrew’s story and how he came into self acceptance and grew to live into his best self.

  • King of prussia, PA

    His voice came through so clearly!

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