Man Up!

By Ross Mathews, Gwyneth Paltrow & Chelsea Handler

Man Up! - Ross Mathews, Gwyneth Paltrow & Chelsea Handler
  • Release Date: 2013-05-07
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 281 Ratings


In this hilarious and inspirational memoir, Ross Mathews-best known as "Ross the Intern" from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno-chronicles his life growing up as an atypical kid in a small Northwestern farm town to living as an atypical adult in Los Angeles, to eventually being his loud, proud, apologetically genuine self on national television.

As a young kid growing up in a farm town, Ross Mathews might as well have wished for a pet unicorn or a calorie-free cookie tree to grow in his front yard. Either of those far-fetched fantasies would have been more likely to come true than his real dream: working in television in Hollywood, California. Seriously, that stuff just doesn't happen to people like Ross. But guess what? It totally did.

Now, with his first book, Ross takes us inside his journey as a super-fan, revealing the most embarrassing and hilarious moments of his small-town life and big-city adventures. From learning to swear like a hardened trucker to that time in high school when had to face down the most frightening opponent of all (his girlfriend's lady bits), Ross holds nothing back. Oh, then there's his surprisingly shady past involving the cutest pair of plus-sized women's pajama bottoms, deliciously dangerous pot butter, and embezzled sandwiches. And, of course, how he's managed to turn an obsession with pop-culture into one-on-one interactions with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Tiffani-Amber Theissen, Madonna, Michelle Kwan, and countless more without ever having a single restraining order issued against him.

Infused with Ross's trademark humor, unique voice, and total honesty, Man Up! is a mission statement for anyone who doesn't fit the mold. His hasn't been the most traditional way to build a career in Hollywood, but Ross has somehow managed to make his mark without ever compromising who he is. He is as serious about this as he is about Golden Girls trivia: You don't need to change who you are to achieve your dreams (although there's nothing wrong with a makeover every now and then). You just need to Man Up!


  • Man Up!

    By Rockstar1230
    I love Ross Mathews and this book was on point!! Hilarious and reeaallyy ppheennomminal work💋💋

    By Chauntelle Taylor
    Very funny book!
  • Man Up!

    By Runt4uk
    This was one of the funniest bios I have read in a long time. The only thing better would be hearing it on audio read by Ross himself. Great summer read for a rainy day pick me up.
  • Loved

    By Jason Warner
    Loved, loved, loved this book. You can hear Ross' voice as you read almost. Who needs an audiobook anyways. Buy this book!!!!!!
  • Uh. Maze. Ing!!!

    By MegnRN
    This book is laughs, tears, and fears all in one!! What a great read!
  • Fun read

    By SinD23
    It's as if you are having a friendly chat when you read this book..
  • FabuRoss

    By Krisbell514
    Laughed so hard and felt all the emotions with Ross throughout his incredible book! Looking forward to his next one :)
  • Love.It.

    By Chanelmybelle
    This book is AHMAAAZING! Reading it makes you realized that actually you can get what you want out of life if only you're willing to take the first step. I couldn't stop highlighting it. Ross I want to be you're best friend! Thank you for writing this book, and also for admitting to things that secretly I think we all experience. I still feel different but now I know I'm not alone...
  • Great read.

    By Ray Amadeo
    Next to Chelsea Handy, the best books! It Mede me laugh out load! Loved it! If you ever felt different this book is for you!
  • Man Up!

    By Awesome!, can't wait for more!
    I loved reading this book by Ross Matthews. It is funny, compelling, and fully demonstrates what is good in the world today! If you need an uplifting great book, this is it!