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Hairstyles of the Damned

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ISBN13: 9781888451702
ISBN10: 188845170x
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Staff Pick

Hairstyles of the Damned is a very funny and sweet punk-rock coming-of-age story set in Chicago. Highly recommended!
Recommended by the Humanities Team, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

Hairstyles of the Damned is an honest depiction of growing up punk on Chicago's south side: a study in the demons of racial intolerance, Catholic school conformism, and class repression. It is the story of the riotous exploits of Brian, a high school burnout, and his best friend Gretchen, a punk rock girl fond of brawling.

Review:

"This is all worthy if familiar stuff...and will entertain readers who find tales of teen misadventure and rock and roll irresistible." Booklist

Review:

"Written as a first-person narrative, the novel brings Brian to life by making full use of those colorful expletives and sexual jokes that high school boys love so much." School Library Journal

Review:

"[A] well-observed, often laugh-out-loud funny book you would recommend to young-adult readers...and as prime nostalgia for 30-somethings." Chicago Tribune

Synopsis:

The debut novel from Akashic's new imprint, PUNK PLANET BOOKS!

Synopsis:

Included in MTV.com's "These 17 Music-Themed YA Books Could Be Your Life"

A selection of the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Program.

"Meno gives his proverbial coming-of-age tale a punk-rock edge, as seventeen-year-old Chicagoan Brian Oswald tries to land his first girlfriend...Meno ably explores Brian's emotional uncertainty and his poignant youthful search for meaning...His gabby, heartfelt, and utterly believable take on adolescence strikes a winning chord."

--Publishers Weekly

"A funny, hard-rocking first-person tale of teenage angst and discovery."

--Booklist

"Captures the loose, fun, recklessness of midwestern punk."

--MTV.com

"Captures both the sweetness and sting of adolescence with unflinching honesty."

--Entertainment Weekly

"Joe Meno writes with the energy, honesty, and emotional impact of the best punk rock. From the opening sentence to the very last word, Hairstyles of the Damned held me in his grip."

--Jim DeRogatis, pop music critic, Chicago Sun-Times

"The most authentic young voice since J.D. Salinger's Holden Caulfield...A darn good book."

--Daily Southtown

"Sensitive, well-observed, often laugh-out-loud funny...You won't regret a moment of the journey."

--Chicago Tribune

"Meno is a romantic at heart. Not the greeting card kind, or the Harlequin paperback version, but the type who thinks, deep down, that things matter, that art can change lives."

--Elgin Courier News

"Funny and charming and sad and real. The adults are sparingly yet poignantly drawn, especially the fathers, who slip through without saying much but make a profound impression."

--Chicago Journal

"Underneath his angst, Brian, the narrator of Hairstyles of the Damned, possesses a disarming sense of compassion which allows him to worm his way into the reader's heart. It is this simple contradiction that makes Meno's portrait of adolescence so convincing: He has dug up and displayed for us the secret paradox of the teenage years, the desire to belong pitted against the need for individuality--a constant clash of hate and love."

--NewPages.com

"Joe Meno knows Chicago's south side the way Jane Goodall knew chimps and apes--which is to say, he really knows it. He also knows about the early '90s, punk rock, and awkward adolescence. Best of all, he knows the value of entertainment. Hairstyles of the Damned is proof positive."

--John McNally, author of The Book of Ralph

"Filled with references to dozens of bands and mix-tape set lists, the book's heart and soul is driven by a teenager's life-changing discovery of punk's social and political message...Meno's alter ego, Brian Oswald, is a modern-day Holden Caulfield...It's a funny, sweet, and, at times, hard-hitting story with a punk vibe."

--Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times

"Meno's language is rhythmic and honest, expressing things proper English never could. And you've got to hand it to the author, who pulled off a very good trick: The book is punk rock. It's not just punk rock. It's not just about punk rock; it embodies the idea of punk rock; it embodies the idea of punk--it's pissed off at authority, it won't groom itself properly, and it irritates. Yet its rebellious spirit is inspiring and right on the mark."

--SF Weekly

Hairstyles of the Damned is the debut novel of our Punk Planet Books imprint, which originates from Punk Planet magazine.

Hairstyles of the Damned is an honest, true-life depiction of growing up punk on Chicago's south side: a study in the demons of racial intolerance, Catholic school conformism, and class repression. It is the story of the riotous exploits of Brian, a high school burnout, and his best friend, Gretchen, a punk rock girl fond of brawling. Based on the actual events surrounding a Chicago high school's segregated prom, this work of fiction unflinchingly pursues the truth in discovering what it means to be your own person.

Synopsis:

Hairstyles is an honest depiction of growing up punk on Chicago’s south side: a study in the demons of racial intolerance, Catholic school conformism and class repression. It is the story of the riotous exploits of Brian, a high school burnout, and his best friend Gretchen, a punk rock girl fond of brawling.

Joe Meno won the 2003 Nelson Algren Literary Award and is the author of Tender as Hellfire (St. Martin’s, 1999) and How the Hula Girl Sings (HarperCollins, 2001). His online fictional serial, The Secret Hand, is published through Playboy Magazine. His short fiction has been published in TriQuarterly, Bridge, Other Voices Washington Square, and has been broadcast on National Public Radio. He lives in Chicago, and he is a columnist for Punk Planet magazine.

About the Author

Joe Meno (born 1974) is a novelist, writer of short fiction, playwright, and music journalist. He won the 2003 Nelson Algren Literary Award and is the author of Tender as Hellfire and How the Hula Girl Sings. His online fictional serial, The Secret Hand, is published through Playboy magazine. His short fiction has been published in TriQuarterly, Ninth Letter, Bridge, Other Voices Washington Square, and has been broadcast on National Public Radio. He currently teaches fiction writing at Columbia College Chicago. He is a frequent contributor to Punk Planet magazine, where his comic strip Iceberg Town is featured.

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earth_child1, February 23, 2008 (view all comments by earth_child1)
this book is written amazingly. it is by far my favorite book. it relates to what teens are going through today and that is why i think many teens like it. =)
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Sharply written and funny tale of a teenaged boy of the early 1990s struggling to find his place in the world. Meno nails the 17-year-old male voice perfectly.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781888451702
Author:
Meno, Joe
Publisher:
Akashic Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Teenagers
Subject:
Punk culture
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Punk Planet Books
Publication Date:
September 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
278
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.2 x 0.8 in 9 oz

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Product details 278 pages Akashic Books - English 9781888451702 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Hairstyles of the Damned is a very funny and sweet punk-rock coming-of-age story set in Chicago. Highly recommended!

"Review" by , "This is all worthy if familiar stuff...and will entertain readers who find tales of teen misadventure and rock and roll irresistible."
"Review" by , "Written as a first-person narrative, the novel brings Brian to life by making full use of those colorful expletives and sexual jokes that high school boys love so much."
"Review" by , "[A] well-observed, often laugh-out-loud funny book you would recommend to young-adult readers...and as prime nostalgia for 30-somethings."
"Synopsis" by ,
The debut novel from Akashic's new imprint, PUNK PLANET BOOKS!
"Synopsis" by ,
Included in MTV.com's "These 17 Music-Themed YA Books Could Be Your Life"

A selection of the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Program.

"Meno gives his proverbial coming-of-age tale a punk-rock edge, as seventeen-year-old Chicagoan Brian Oswald tries to land his first girlfriend...Meno ably explores Brian's emotional uncertainty and his poignant youthful search for meaning...His gabby, heartfelt, and utterly believable take on adolescence strikes a winning chord."

--Publishers Weekly

"A funny, hard-rocking first-person tale of teenage angst and discovery."

--Booklist

"Captures the loose, fun, recklessness of midwestern punk."

--MTV.com

"Captures both the sweetness and sting of adolescence with unflinching honesty."

--Entertainment Weekly

"Joe Meno writes with the energy, honesty, and emotional impact of the best punk rock. From the opening sentence to the very last word, Hairstyles of the Damned held me in his grip."

--Jim DeRogatis, pop music critic, Chicago Sun-Times

"The most authentic young voice since J.D. Salinger's Holden Caulfield...A darn good book."

--Daily Southtown

"Sensitive, well-observed, often laugh-out-loud funny...You won't regret a moment of the journey."

--Chicago Tribune

"Meno is a romantic at heart. Not the greeting card kind, or the Harlequin paperback version, but the type who thinks, deep down, that things matter, that art can change lives."

--Elgin Courier News

"Funny and charming and sad and real. The adults are sparingly yet poignantly drawn, especially the fathers, who slip through without saying much but make a profound impression."

--Chicago Journal

"Underneath his angst, Brian, the narrator of Hairstyles of the Damned, possesses a disarming sense of compassion which allows him to worm his way into the reader's heart. It is this simple contradiction that makes Meno's portrait of adolescence so convincing: He has dug up and displayed for us the secret paradox of the teenage years, the desire to belong pitted against the need for individuality--a constant clash of hate and love."

--NewPages.com

"Joe Meno knows Chicago's south side the way Jane Goodall knew chimps and apes--which is to say, he really knows it. He also knows about the early '90s, punk rock, and awkward adolescence. Best of all, he knows the value of entertainment. Hairstyles of the Damned is proof positive."

--John McNally, author of The Book of Ralph

"Filled with references to dozens of bands and mix-tape set lists, the book's heart and soul is driven by a teenager's life-changing discovery of punk's social and political message...Meno's alter ego, Brian Oswald, is a modern-day Holden Caulfield...It's a funny, sweet, and, at times, hard-hitting story with a punk vibe."

--Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times

"Meno's language is rhythmic and honest, expressing things proper English never could. And you've got to hand it to the author, who pulled off a very good trick: The book is punk rock. It's not just punk rock. It's not just about punk rock; it embodies the idea of punk rock; it embodies the idea of punk--it's pissed off at authority, it won't groom itself properly, and it irritates. Yet its rebellious spirit is inspiring and right on the mark."

--SF Weekly

Hairstyles of the Damned is the debut novel of our Punk Planet Books imprint, which originates from Punk Planet magazine.

Hairstyles of the Damned is an honest, true-life depiction of growing up punk on Chicago's south side: a study in the demons of racial intolerance, Catholic school conformism, and class repression. It is the story of the riotous exploits of Brian, a high school burnout, and his best friend, Gretchen, a punk rock girl fond of brawling. Based on the actual events surrounding a Chicago high school's segregated prom, this work of fiction unflinchingly pursues the truth in discovering what it means to be your own person.

"Synopsis" by ,

Hairstyles is an honest depiction of growing up punk on Chicago’s south side: a study in the demons of racial intolerance, Catholic school conformism and class repression. It is the story of the riotous exploits of Brian, a high school burnout, and his best friend Gretchen, a punk rock girl fond of brawling.

Joe Meno won the 2003 Nelson Algren Literary Award and is the author of Tender as Hellfire (St. Martin’s, 1999) and How the Hula Girl Sings (HarperCollins, 2001). His online fictional serial, The Secret Hand, is published through Playboy Magazine. His short fiction has been published in TriQuarterly, Bridge, Other Voices Washington Square, and has been broadcast on National Public Radio. He lives in Chicago, and he is a columnist for Punk Planet magazine.

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