I usually don't tout things on this blog, but in this case it was completely necessary. If you are looking for a great summer read, hell, a great read no matter what time of the year it is. Kristen Buckley, who brought you The Parker Grey Show, which I posted about a while back, has a new novel, TRAMPS LIKE US: A Suburban Confession'. And this time it's a memoir. For those of you who have written me to let me know how much you enjoy my musings about childhood or whatever on this blog, get this book. The stories are ripe, funny, touching, and completely insane.
Here's the book description:
New Jersey native Kristen Buckley travels through a series of catastrophic detours she calls childhood—one that was anything but normal. Set adrift after her parents divorce, Buckley embarks upon an emotional odyssey through the eerie underworld of northern New Jersey, where perverted gym teachers are as big a threat as the local mobsters, and timbale-playing orangutans wield the power to shape the future. Among the colorful cast of chracaters vividly portrayed are her brilliantlly wry mother; two deaf, adopted siblings from Korea; two Jewish stepsisters; and one pot-smoking runaway. After a childhood spent searching for a place to call home, she ultimately finds it and emerges as a truly unforgettable heroine.
And, order it from Amazon.com on Friday. Um, that means now, damnit. Why Amazon, and why Friday? Because the publishing world will be watching Amazon.com on Friday, looking for spikes and trends in sales, and I'm all about supporting authors who in one short sentence, are fucking great, not afraid to let it all hang out in a way that we can all relate, and make me laugh, feel and say, "I thought I was the only one..." And this book does it. An inspiration to those of us who strive to keep the narrative alive, to express...not to call attention to ourselves, but for the art of expression itself, to further intertwine the threads that make us all laugh, cry, and remind us of the Tramps in ourselves that we thought branded us outcasts.
Get the book. Now.
And if you want to learn more about Kristen and the book, visit her MySpace Page.