Where's My Wand?: One Boy's Magical Triumph Over Alienation and Shag Carpeting
Tracey Ullman once described Eric Poole as "the best undiscovered writer I ever met." Now the world can enjoy his achingly honest wit and gift for capturing real life characters in this memoir about growing up in the 1970's wi...more
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I read these memoirs back to back inside of a week and, despite their differences, it’s difficult to review them separately. At their core, both are memoirs about growing up as the outlier in a Southern Baptist family and finding personal faith within that environment. The authors differ in their approach – Mr. Poole glides through his tome with humor while religion is front, center, and sideways in Ms. Peterson’...more
In Where’s My Wand, Eric Poole shows why he adopted magic as a way of defense from his family situation. When his father got laid off from work, his mother grew more overbearing and more obsessive compulsive to cleanlin...more
The fact that Poole's idol was...more
As the book opened in media res with an argument between his parents, I was preparing myself for a stereotypical memoir of a middle-class, suburban upbringing.
Which in many ways it was: the neurotic mother, the "creative" (and hence outcast) child, changing relationships, introduction to sexuality. One complaint I had is that each chapter felt more like an ep...more
Eric Poole's memoir recounts how he grew up in St. Louis in the 70s, how his unusual family life was puzzling and difficult for him to endure as a child, and how, as the years passed, he came to gain a better perspective on his parents and his own place in the world. Turns out they w...more
Eric Poole was a huge loser in the 70s as well as being a Bewitched groupie. Already he and...more
Yet amidst the gut wrenching humor......more
I have a feeling that Eric Poole and I would have been good friends had we grown up in the same place and time. I can completely relate to his not belonging but not understanding why (because he really was a sweet guy in a wacky household!). I can relate to his struggle to improve his life by invoking magic and then god as a youth, then wondering why both are inconsistent.
Where's My Wand? is a quick, easy, and enjoyable read. Poole is funny, but...more
But there were things that irritated me enough to knock my r...more
The first issue I had with the book was Eric's mother. I think it's possible that sh...more
BUT, it's not terrible to read. The thread of religion and magic is sort of forced and weak, but it was a quick and entertaining, albeit predictable.
He's also not a great editor. Occasionally he even uses an adjective again that he JUST used, but it seems accidental, not for some greater accumulation of "sparkly" or whatever word it may b...more
An entertaining read. Poole certainly writes in the style of Sedaris, but where Poole succeeds in being different is pulling his stories together thematically- in this case using his magic. Additionally, Poole's family isn't trying to be funny- they just are who they are.
What I enjoyed was starting the book laughing- I read it aloud to my grinning husband. There are some...more
If you enjoy Sedaris & Burroughs memoirs, Eric Poole's wry account of growing up in an ahem, eccentric family will make you chuckle. Poole's childhood experiences run more to the character-building than the heart-wrenching; not as dark as Jeannette Walls' Glass Castle, Wand is the newest entry into...more
This book is the journey of a young man through his (sometimes painful) middle and high school years as he learns to cope with a neatnik mother, bullying and finding his way in the world. His belief in magic, God, and eventually himself are told with both humor and wisdom. Growing up can be hard. But it...more
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Eric Poole is the secret love child of Fran Lebowitz and David Sedaris. But oddly taller. A VP of marketing for a major media company and the winner of 30+ advertising awards, Eric was once called "the best undiscovered writer I've ever met" by Tracey Ullman, an accolade he continues to live up to. He resides in Los Angeles with his partner of eight years. (from Amazon)