I think the time has come where I have read far too many addiction memoirs by white women writers. I kept thinking, "Have I already read this?" Then II think the time has come where I have read far too many addiction memoirs by white women writers. I kept thinking, "Have I already read this?" Then I would remember it was Elizabeth Wurtzle who moved to Austin to drink & write, or that it was Mary Karr who pushed back from AA, and the girl who wrote Smashed had drunken beachy summers with cousins. Blackout is just too similar to Prozac Nation, Lit and Smashed. Hepola is a good writer, but this memoir seemed very surface level and not very memorable...which is interesting for a memoir based on drunk blackouts. 2 1/2 stars....more
Oh my god, Ted Bundy was the worst. Yuck. Ann Rule, the author of this never ending saga, worked with Bundy at a crisis hotline in the 1970s. She wentOh my god, Ted Bundy was the worst. Yuck. Ann Rule, the author of this never ending saga, worked with Bundy at a crisis hotline in the 1970s. She went to a holiday party with him and then met him for lunch a couple of times. Bundy was a very casual acquaintance of Rule's, but once he was arrested, she continued to talk to him on the phone, correspond with him, and send him money for cigarettes and stamps. Oh, and she wrote this book about him. To be fair, Ann Rule was a journalist for true crime magazines before she met Ted Bundy but there is definitely an opportunistic vibe about her writing of his disgusting history. This book launched her gigantic true crime career and was so successful that she ended up writing an epilogue, an update in 1989, an update in 2000, and yet another update in 2008. She states that she wrote true crime novels to warn women about trusting their guts and to not be deceived by good looks or charm. By the end of this book, hell, halfway through this book, I was so sick of hearing about how handsome and intelligent Ted Bundy was. This book sucked me in, grossed me out and gave me bad dreams. Bundy was a modern monster who looked like a regular man, but "inside it was all ashes." I am embarrassed to have read this book, which makes me wonder if Rule was ever embarrassed to write this type of junk-food horror journalism?...more
3 1/2 stars. Drew Barrymore was my spirit animal in the 90s. The former child star turned into a wild it-girl and I loved her butterfly-themed life. H3 1/2 stars. Drew Barrymore was my spirit animal in the 90s. The former child star turned into a wild it-girl and I loved her butterfly-themed life. Her childhood was so insane but it's lovely to see her success as an adult. She wrote this book as a love letter to her daughters, so it's very PG (except for a few F bombs) and lacks gossip/dirt on her former wild days. I kept wishing for a chapter on Courtney Love or even a love letter to her current husband, Will. Overall, Drew seems very smart, sweet, thoughtful and fun....more
Oh, I love this memoir! I assume that I am pretty much the target audience for this book. I was a riot-grrrl, a total Olympia Washington music fan, anOh, I love this memoir! I assume that I am pretty much the target audience for this book. I was a riot-grrrl, a total Olympia Washington music fan, and am a feminist. This book isn't really about riot-grrrl or feminism, but of course, these elements are a part of Brownstein's history. Sleater Kinney and their contemporaries (Bikini Kill, Heavens to Betsy, Team Dresch, & Bratmobile) were a HUGE part of my life as a teenager and it was thrilling to read an insider's view to this under-exposed scene. As far as rock memoirs go, this one lacks the sex/drugs/mental illness gritty details but was still quite revealing. Brownstein is a fantastic writer and I hope to read more non-fiction penned by the woman from the band that "sounds like the main singer is being hit in the throat with a stick"-quote from my brother, circa 1999. I gave this memoir an extra star for the inclusion of Team Dresch and the Pearl Jam tour stories.
I have two comments about curious choices: 1) Carrie Brownstein is a guitar star but isn't playing guitar on the cover (?) and 2) The title is from a Sleater Kinney song that I always thought was about Brownstein's disordered eating. She doesn't write about her own weight/body issues but instead writes about her mother's struggle with anorexia. She does point out that songs written by men don't have to be from one's own experience but that songs written by women usually are assumed to be personal...curious choices aside, I totally dig this book....more
2 1/2 stars...the girl from the "Cherry Pie" video has a memoir? Yep. This is some trashy summer reading, to be sure. I was a big fan of all the hair2 1/2 stars...the girl from the "Cherry Pie" video has a memoir? Yep. This is some trashy summer reading, to be sure. I was a big fan of all the hair bands of the 80s while in elementary school. It was the era of rock on MTV, and I was obsessed with Skid Row, Motley Crue, Guns N' Roses and Warrant. Bobbie Brown starred as the Cherry Pie girl in Warrant's video, and married the "Cherry Pie Guy"/Warrant's lead singer, Jani Lane. She had a child with Jani, divorced Jani, moved in with Tommy Lee, left Tommy Lee, developed a meth addiction and then "wrote" (co-wrote with journalist Caroline Ryder) a book about all of it. There is an insane amount of name dropping and gross sexual encounters, but of course, that's why this book exists. The end result is a sad case of a woman who coasted on her looks instead of building a long lasting career or being a good parent, which is an all too common truth for most model/actress/video girls. To be fair, most men of this era weren't really good parents, either. If you are a music/pop culture dork like me, you might enjoy this very behind-the-scenes story of what it was like in the hair metal MTV days of the late 1980s....more
This is an interesting book: it is part memoir and part how-to guide on living a less consumer & money driven life. The author and her partner useThis is an interesting book: it is part memoir and part how-to guide on living a less consumer & money driven life. The author and her partner used to live in New York City and both had fancy, high earning jobs. They decided to quit their jobs, cash out their 401 K accounts, and bought an old RV lot in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. They proceeded to work their butts off to build an off-the-grid home, garden, workshop and lifestyle. The book covers interesting topics on things that I'll probably never do but still enjoyed reading about like building your own solar panels, fermenting your own mead or wildcrafting local plants to make herbal medicine. I wasn't too interested in reading about Sufis burying the author in dirt or about Burning Man, but that's just me. I will admit that I would totally would love to enjoy the fruits of the author and her partner's labor by soaking in their awesome outdoor natural hot springs under New Mexican skies....more