3/17/2006

I Am Not Myself These Days



I just keep finding really great books, and this one is going to make my top ten of all time list, I think.

Josh Kilmer-Purcells memoir "I Am Not Myself These Days' is the true story of a guy who moves to New York and works for an ad firm by day and is a successful drag queen, Aqua, by night. She keeps goldfish in glass globe titties in her custom made outfits. And Josh/Aqua falls in love with a crack-addict high-end escort.

The book is hilarious and heart-breaking all at once. I slipped into a bath with my Lush products (see below) last night as I started the last few chapters, and within two pages Josh was talking about his love of Lush products. Uncanny! And then at the end of the book I found out he graduated from Michigan State University and was a cartoonist for The State News (I was an editor there most of my college years.) So, I fell in love with the book even more.

I insist that you go purchase this awesome book today. Yes, he is sort of following the David Sedaris/Augustin Burroughs/James Frey style of memoir writing, but he manages to do it in a totally original voice.

Grade: A+

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Blogger amandarama said...

Nate asked me why I've been reading so many recovery/addict/I-lost-my-mind books... but now he's reading one. He also asked me if I had any "manly" books - I think he meant a book with a male main character. I always trust your book recommendations, and I really need a new book, so I'll get this with my next Borders coupon. Thanks!

1:41 PM, March 17, 2006  
Blogger Chargenda said...

yeah, i don't think I have too many manly books for him to read. I like faggy stuff. I promise you will like this, Amanda!

1:43 PM, March 17, 2006  
Anonymous josh kilmer-purcell said...

wow...thanks! "top 10 of all time"?!? i'm truly honored. thank you very much for the plug.

hugs and fishes,
josh kilmer-purcell (and aqua)

6:10 PM, March 17, 2006  
Blogger amandarama said...

I cannot believe that you got a comment from the author and didn't make a special post about it. You have way more self control than I ever could.

12:33 PM, March 29, 2006  

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