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Monkey Girl: Swingin' Tales

3.56  ·  Rating Details  ·  68 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews

In her first collection of short stories, celebrated spoken-word artist Beth Lisick evokes the rollicking world of post-boom America. An impoverished but proud office drone ("I am the reigning queen of the Toshiba BD copy machine") gets a makeover. A teenager is drugged by her fraudulent, sadistic orthodontist. On a five-hour flight to Cabo San Lucas, the author psychicall
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Manic D Press, Inc.
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Nov 18, 2009 Mateo rated it really liked it
God bless Beth Lisick.

And if you're a nonbeliever, as I am, well, may the unfrozen head of Walt Disney bless Beth Lisick.

While Bay Area hipsters in the '80s and '90s--a sulfurous tar-pit of an era that somehow combined Oliver North, Ralph Macchio, Ivan Boesky, and "The Super Bowl Shuffle"--were busy leveraging proactive synergies, sniffing the coke out of their septums at Mission District oxygen bars, letting the wind surf through their BMW convertibles and onto their $90 baseball caps, and pa
Nov 03, 2007 Trin rated it liked it
I loved Lisick's memoir, Everybody Into the Pool, in part because it's one of the few—perhaps the only—memoirs I've read that depicts a funny, weird, messed-up adult without pinning all those traits on a fucked-up, miserable childhood (No, look, my childhood is the MOST miserable! See how miserable it was? Wallow in the shit of my childhood a little more, plz).

ANYWAY...Lisick didn't do that! (Although Pool does contain a hilarious and squirm-worthy incident involving, um. Shit.) But I digress,
Halley Sutton
Nov 18, 2014 Halley Sutton rated it liked it
Picked this up because someone whose writing I admired in college liked lisick--occasionally very funny, occasionally very angry, probably works better as a spoken word performance.
Jul 03, 2008 Anastasia rated it it was ok
Picked this up off the publisher's table at the Pop Culture conference, mostly because of the cover and title. Monkey Girl actually refers to the Zodiac symbol, and my fellow Rats don't come out too well...I'd like to think we're a bit better of a group than that. I found myself disappointed not to be able to hear the work aloud, because a lot of it had that feel to it, but the voice comes through strongly. It's a quick read that provides more fun than thought, but everyone needs that type of bo ...more
Jan 19, 2013 Anosh rated it really liked it
I now read all of Beth Lisick's published books. I didn't connected with some of the stories in the stories, especially the bar stories in the first part. Some of the other stories were amazing. You can see the beginnings of "This too can be yours" in this book.

Here is the list of her books in the order of my ratings -
1) This too can be yours
2) Everybody into the pool
3) Monkey Girl
4) Helping me help myself
Sari Lynn
May 01, 2010 Sari Lynn rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers looking foe a unique perspective, people born in the Year of the Monkey
Recommended to Sari Lynn by: PBS
An interesting collection of short pieces, musings and ramblings by spoken word artist Beth Lisick. She definitely has a unique and often w perspective on things! Three and a half stars.
Oct 30, 2012 Debra rated it it was amazing
Love love love this book! Beth has some great stories to tell.
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Beth Lisick, author of the New York Times bestselling book Everybody into the Pool, is also a performer and odd-jobs enthusiast. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies including Best American Poetry, the Christian Science Monitor, and Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Movement. She has contributed to public radio's This American Life and is the cofounder ...more
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