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I Am Not Myself These Days: A Memoir (Paperback)
I Am Not Myself These Days follows a glittering journey through Manhattan's dark underbelly -- a shocking and surreal world where alter egos reign and subsist (barely) on dark wit and chemicals...a tragic romantic comedy where one begins by rooting for the survival of the relationship and ends by hoping someone simply survives. Kilmer-Purcell is a terrifically gifted new literary voice who straddles the divide between absurdity and normalcy, and stitches them together with surprising humor and lonely poignancy. As Booklist raved "as tart and funny as a Noel Coward play, for Kilmer-Purcell is especially good at dialogue, and, as in Coward's best plays, under the comedy lies the sad truth that even at our best, we are all weak, fallible fools. Again and again in this rich, adventure-filled book, Kilmer-Purcell illustrates the truth of Blake's proverb, 'The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.'"
About the Author
Josh Kilmer-Purcell is the bestselling author of the memoir I Am Not Myself These Days and the novel Candy Everybody Wants, and the star of Planet Green's documentary television series The Fabulous Beekman Boys. He and his partner, Brent Ridge, divide their time between Manhattan and the Beekman Farm.
“I laughed. I cried. I laughed again. I AM NOT MYSELF THESE DAYS is tawdry and brilliantly witty.”
“...absolutely hilarious and heartbreaking and heartfelt.”
-Armistead Maupin, author of Tales of the City
“...a delicate narrative that spares not an ounce of pain but never once aims for contrition.”
“...impossible to look away.”
“...Outrageously vulgar, unexpectedly moving, and one of the most sincere love stories I’ve read in a long time. ”
-BookSense review by Audrey Brockhaus, Schuler Books & Music Okemos
Recipient of Elle‘s Readers’ Prize 2006
Book Sense Pick for March 2006
“...the book goes deeper, ultimately telling what is a painfully dysfunctional love story...”
“I AM NOT MYSELF THESE DAYS is like the memoir equivalent of a hooker with a heart of gold.”
“...this life-altering (and ultimately heartbreaking) love story crawls deep into your veins.”
“…a very entertaining read… as tart and funny as a Noel Coward play, for Kilmer-Purcell is especially good at dialogue, and, as in Coward’s best plays, under the comedy lies the sad truth that even at our best, we are all weak, fallible fools. Again and again in this rich, adventure-filled book, Kilmer-Purcell illustrates the truth of Blake’s proverb, ‘The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.’”
“...decadent and delirious, weird and wonderful.”
-The New York Blade
“...plenty of dishy anecdotes and moments of tragi-camp delight.”
“...a good read, as you’d expect.”
“Though Aqua is retired, her wit lives on in I AM NOT MYSELF THESE DAYS, with priceless one-liners aplenty.”
“Funny and wise.”
“Readers will find this tale of good-boy-turned-bad-drag-queen darkly hilarious and entertaining.”
“ Through the varied and raucous details of his life experience, Kilmer-Purcell ...renders himself more accessible to all readers.”
“...an exotic, whirlwind tale of an unconventional life.”
-Nashville City Paper
“The book is at once a sensational memoir and...a universal love story.”
“...a talented new voice.”
“While Kilmer-Purcell’s way of life may be uncommon, his feelings of love, betrayal, loss and hope are universal.”
“...it’s one hell of a spellbinding read.”
“Kilmer-Purcell acheives the near-impossible task of getting jaded readres to root for this screwed-up pair...”