The Bottom Line
- Mandel's humor translates well through his writing
- Offers a real, honest look at OCD and ADHD
- The stories are interesting as we watch Mandel's career progress
- Includes photos from various stages of his life and career
- At just over 200 pages, readers are left wanting more
- Published by Bantam Books, Written by Howie Mandel with Josh Young
- Released November 24, 2009
- Follows Mandel's life story from birth to present, focusing on his career and his struggles with OCD and ADHD
Guide Review - 'Here's the Deal - Don't Touch Me' by Howie Mandel
Howie Mandel is many things to many people: husband, father, son, comedian, game show host, friend, celebrity. He's also a man who battles every day with OCD and ADHD. How does someone with such a public life deal with these often-debilitating conditions? According to his book, Here's the Deal - Don't Touch Me, he handles it with a combination of humor and therapy.
Many celebrity bios serve up plenty of fluff and little substance, but Mandel's book is just the opposite. From descriptions of what's going on in his mind at the very moment he's writing, to painfully honest admissions from various stages of his life, Don't Touch Me is a candid and raw look into Mandel's past and present.
Fans have known for a long time that Howie Mandel is afraid of germs, which is the reason he greets contestants on Deal or No Deal with a fist bump rather than a handshake. Reading his book, however, it quickly becomes clear that Mandel's OCD runs far deeper, often causing paralyzing moments that he must work through in order to function.
Mandel walks us through his hospitalization in January, 2009, and explains the exact cause and subsequent follow-ups. He describes his emotions and reactions during other pivotal moments of his life, and gives us examples of just how terrifying his OCD can be.
Such serious subject matter could easily become heavy reading, but Mandel has written this book with his trademark humor, providing true laugh-out-loud moments and lots of one-liners. You'll find yourself rooting for him as he describes the various highs and lows of his career, and, ironically, many times you'll want to just give him a big hug.
Here's the Deal - Don't Touch Me feels like a conversation in which the author is seeking both understanding and acceptance, while at the same time entertaining us with great stories from his personal and professional life. It is also a touching tribute to his wife, kids, and parents, who have supported Howie Mandel unconditionally. This is an excellent book for people who love Deal or No Deal, are fans of any of Mandel's comedic works, those who suffer with OCD/ADHD, and those who enjoy reading biographies with substance.