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Jamie Brickhouse

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Jamie Brickhouse is the author of the critically acclaimed Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir of Booze Sex and My Mother. It’s “Required Reading” in Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir; Amazon named it a “Best Book of May 2015,” and Book Chase named it a “2015 Nonfiction Top 10.” It received stellar reviews from publications such as Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, Interview, and The Washington Post. Brickhouse has been published in The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, Daily Beast, Salon, Out, Lambda Literary Review, Publishers Weekly, POZ, Shelf Awareness, Australia’s The Daily Life, The Fix.com, the Latin American travel magazine Travesía, Addiction/Recovery eBulletin, and is a guest blogger for the Huffington Post. ww ...more

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Jamie Brickhouse I'm writing about my relationship with my father, Daddy Earl, who died recently. He's in the shadow of Mama Jean in Dangerous When Wet. In my next…moreI'm writing about my relationship with my father, Daddy Earl, who died recently. He's in the shadow of Mama Jean in Dangerous When Wet. In my next book, it's his turn. After she died I told him that her death would leave more room for our relationship to deepen, and in the five years we had together after she was gone that came true. Even though I'm a mix of both my parents, I'm most like my father. In fact, I am the extreme -- or full blown -- version of him in many respects, for better and worse. In recent years, and especially since he died, I've heard folks in Beaumont, TX -- where I grew up and he lived his whole life -- say, "You favor your daddy." Maybe that's the name of the book: "I Favor My Daddy."(less)
Jamie Brickhouse Reading books and watching movies. Experiencing other stories and styles of expression through books and movies can trigger ideas, and, for me, they…moreReading books and watching movies. Experiencing other stories and styles of expression through books and movies can trigger ideas, and, for me, they can trigger the platinum of inspiration: memory.
Memory almost always inspires me to write. I can't control what sparks a memory, but once a memory is ignited I turn it into fire by writing a series of "I remembers" (a writing prompt taught early to me by workshop teacher Phyllis Raphael) around the subject of that memory: "I remember, as a little boy, being fascinated by the hair on my father's forearms, dark and sweaty as he held a pair of hedge clippers outside." "I remember my father always whistling 'Hello Dolly,' as he performed any chore or glided through town in his Chrysler company car." "I remember that when my father couldn't answer simple questions right before he died, when asked who I was he looked at me and said, 'That's my little boy.'" Then I take those I remembers and turn them into a story. (less)
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Overcoming the Shame of a Suicide Attempt

reprinted from The New York Times Science Section
May 31, 2016

I don’t remember much about the first time I tried to kill myself, 21 years ago, because any time the memory popped up I deleted it from my mind like an unflattering photo on Facebook. Despite being open and public about my second attempt, in 2006, which I revealed in a memoir about my alcoholism, I’ve never told anyone else about tha... Read more of this blog post »
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Dangerous When Wet by Jamie Brickhouse
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"Written with the same humor as Augesten Burroughs "Dry". This is a funny, yet heart wrenching read, as the author spirals to his rock bottom with his alcohol addiction.

Could not put it down."
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