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Everybody into the Pool: True Talesby Beth Lisick
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Beth Lisick's memoir takes a side-splittingly hilarious look back at her journey from suburban goody two-shoes to San Francisco Alterna-mom.
Beth Lisick was a cheerleader, a homecoming princess, and a star athlete with a Crisco-aided tan and a bad perm. And then everything changed. How exactly did this suburban girl-next-door end up as one of San Francisco's foremost chroniclers of alternative culture, touring as the only straight woman with a band of punk rock lesbian poets and living in illegal warehouses? All while managing to get married, buy a house and have a baby? Lisick explains it all in her hilarious, irreverent memoir, Everybody into the Pool.
"Lisick offers bright, funny takes on her square upbringing....Exaggeration in the interest of a good story is no sin, and Lisick is above all an accomplished storyteller. Light, flippant and savvy." Kirkus Reviews
"Readers who like their memoirs with loose ends neatly tied will not necessarily appreciate Lisick's breezy style; a number of one-time references are left unexplained....Still, these stories most definitely entertain." Library Journal
"Fizzy and delightful... The tales veer from razor sharp to hilarious, and it's a voice — both offbeat and upbeat, wised-up yet curiously wholesome — that you're going to want to hear a lot more of. A." Jennifer Reese, Entertainment Weekly
Lisick's memoir takes a sidesplittingly hilarious look back at her journey from suburban goody two shoes to San Francisco "Alterna-mom."
Beth Lisick started out as a homecoming princess with a Crisco-aided tan and a bad perm. And then everything changed. How exactly did this suburban girl next door end up as one of San Francisco's foremost chroniclers of alternative culture, touring as the only straight woman with a band of punk rock lesbian poets and living in illegal warehouses — all while managing to get married, buy a house, and have a baby? Lisick explains it all in her hilarious, irreverent memoir Everybody into the Pool.
Plunging headlong into America's deepest subcultures, while keeping both feet firmly planted in her parents' Leave It to Beaver values, Lisick makes her adult home on the fringe of mainstream culture and finds it rich with paradox and humor. On one hand, she lives in "Brokeley" with drug dealers and street gangs; on the other, she drives a station wagon with a car seat in the back, makes her own chicken stock, and attends ladies' luncheons.
Among Lisick's true tales are "My Way or the Bi-Way," in which a series of girl-on-girl fiascos from UC Santa Cruz confirm her suspicions that she's just a straight girl with a positive attitude who'd give anything the old college try; "The Lowly Hustle," in which she takes on a litany of odd jobs to make ends meet ("I was like a college student designing my own major, except I was thirty-five and designing my own minimum-wage job"); and the endearing story of her "courtship" with her now husband Eli, who impresses her with a spastic rendition of a song called "The Wack-Ass Caucasian Two Step Chicken" and invites her to his Mission District warehouse space — a world of feral raccoons and exploding sewage pipes. (It's clear to Lisick that he's "The One.")
Fans of David Sedaris and Sarah Vowell will relish Lisick's scathingly funny, smart, and very real take on the effluvia of daily living. No matter what community she's exposing to the light, Lisick's hilarious perspective always hits the right chord.
About the Author
Beth Lisick, author of the New York Times bestseller Everybody into the Pool, is also a performer and an odd-jobs enthusiast. She has contributed to public radio's This American Life and is the cofounder of the monthly Porchlight storytelling series in San Francisco.
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