Music to My Years: A Mixtape-Memoir of Growing Up and Standing Up
In this memoir full of humor and heart, comedian, writer, and producer Cristela Alonzo shares personal stories of growing up as a first-generation Mexican-American in Texas and following her dreams to pursue a career in comedy. Cristela shares her experiences and struggles of being a first-generation American, her dreams of becoming a comedian, and how it feels to be a creator in a world that often minimizes people of color and women. Her stories range from the ridiculous—like the time she made her own tap shoes out of bottle caps or how the theme song of The Golden Girls landed her in the principal’s office—to the sobering moments, like how she turned to stand-up comedy to grieve the heartbreaking loss of her mother and how, years later, she’s committed to giving back to the community that helped make her. Each significant moment of the book relates to a song, and the resulting playlist is deeply moving, resonant, and unforgettable. Music to My Years will make you laugh, cry, and even inspire you to make a playlist of your own.
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I have a podcast. I know, doesn’t everyone? This one is totally different from ALL the other ones because it’s the ONLY one hosted by me. So, what’s it about? Do I do celebrity interviews? No. Do I talk to my stand-up comedy buddies? No. Have I made you lose interest? Quite possibly. To Be Continued is (about) an hour long podcast where it’s just me talking about what’s going on in my life, from health to politics to plants and geekdom….it’s a conversation with me that NEVER ends…also, it’s kinda sketchy. Like seriously, there’s a couple sketches in each.
LATEST EPISODE: How A Friendship Saved My Life!
Cristela Alonzo is a stand-up comedian that made TV history in 2014 by becoming the first Latina to create, write and star in a network TV sitcom named “Cristela”. Cristela was also the first Latina to star in a Disney Pixar movie when she starred as Cruz Ramirez in “Cars 3.”
Cristela also served as one of ABC’s “The View’s” most popular guest hosts and has a one-hour stand-up special (“Lower Classy”) currently streaming on Netflix. Aside from comedy, Cristela focuses on advocacy work, fighting for issues that range from immigration, universal healthcare and lower income communities with numerous organizations including Special Olympics Texas, People for the United Way, Planned Parenthood, LUPE (La Union del Pueblo Entero) and serves as advisory board member for Define American.
Cristela is based in LA and will have her first book to be released in 2019 by Atria Books under Simon & Schuster.