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Yokohama Threeway: And Other Small Shames (City Lights/Sister Spit)

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Publisher Comments:

Peering into life's cringe-worthy moments, best-selling author Beth Lisick excavates territory that most would rather ignore. Funny, odd, deeply personal, yet somehow universal, these are the kind of memories that haunt us all, the small awful moments of shame and humiliation that we'd rather forget than relive.

Beth Lisick has made a career of opening her life to her readers in all of its messy, smart hilarity, but this type of story doesn't usually find its way into a memoir. With her trademark humor and sly intelligence, writing in short flashes the way these episodes tend to pop up in memory, Lisick recounts her most embarrassing moments with gusto. From a trick she played on a neighbor thirty years ago to what she accidentally blurted out at last night's dinner party, she explores the bad judgments and free-floating regrets that keep her up at night, and the result is a daring, candid, and wickedly funny collection of embarrassment embraced, the triumph of humor and perspective over everyday mortification.

Writer, performer, and independent film actress Beth Lisick is the author of the New York Times best-selling comic memoir Everybody Into the Pool and the gonzo self-help manifesto Helping Me Help Myself.

Praise for Yokohama Threeway:

"Beth Lisick's kaleidoscopic whirlwind tour through her secret shames is the ultimate joyride for those of us who enjoy cringe-worthy embarrassment, genuine pathos, and an overdosing amount of schadenfreude."—Michael Ian Black, comedian and author of You're Not Doing It Right

"This book is fucking great. There is a story in it called 'PANDA AMBULANCE!!!' How is Beth Lisick not as famous as David Sedaris?"—Kathleen Hanna, musician and activist

"These short pieces, which at first seem casually constructed and connected, are immediately funny, ironic, personable, embarrassing and oddly appealing. Yet quickly they accumulate into deep emotional resonance. Just a few pages in and I was totally involved with the struggles of this clearly talented, hilariously confused person to be better in her own weird antic backassward ways. Full of indelible phrases (Panda Ambulance!) and painfully irrefutable observations about art, crappy jobs, friendship, wealth, sex, hygiene, booze, motherhood, and so many other things, this book is basically the inverse of those sappy self-discovery memoirs that inevitably arc into hard earned wisdom and self-discovery. This writer has the courage to stay in difficult places, and therefore be truer to life. I laughed and cringed and cared more and more. Thank you, Beth Lisick, it was and continues to be worth all the struggles."—Matthew Zapruder, author of Come On All You Ghosts

"Yokohama Threeway by Beth Lisick is a whip-smart, occasionally profound, often profane, always very funny collection of somewhere around three hundred (judged by weight) short, sharp, sweet literary shocks. Speaking as someone who hates everything, I love this book."—James Greer, musician and author of The Failure

"What to call Beth Lisick's Yokohama Threeway? Part flash fiction, part poetry, part outsider art. Reality television, minus the cameras. Spoon River Anthology meets Tom Waits. I'll settle for hilarious, heartbreaking, compassionate, pitch perfect, utterly original."—Joyce Maynard, author of After Her and Labor Day

"No matter how civilized we all like to pretend we are, Lisick's writing reminds us how simultaneously wonderful and terrible it is to be alive. By baring her own 'Oh, no!' experiences, she shows us there is no shame in being human. Okay, a lot of shame. But at least its funny shame."—Kim Wong Keltner, author of Tiger Babies Strike Back

Praise for Beth Lisick:

"An author you can't refuse."—Entertainment Weekly

"[Her] sense of humor makes even the more ridiculous aspects of her history appealing. Full of oddball charm."—People Magazine

Synopsis:

Funny, odd, deeply personal, yet somehow universal, a collection of one woman's most humiliating moments, revealed with wit and gusto.

Synopsis:

Peering into life's cringe-worthy moments, best-selling author Beth Lisick excavates territory that most would rather ignore. Funny, odd, deeply personal, yet somehow universal, these are the kind of memories that haunt us all, the small awful moments of shame and humiliation that we'd rather forget than relive.

Beth Lisick has made a career of opening her life to her readers in all of its messy, smart hilarity, but this type of story doesn't usually find its way into a memoir. With her trademark humor and sly intelligence, writing in short flashes the way these episodes tend to pop up in memory, Lisick recounts her most embarrassing moments with gusto. From a trick she played on a neighbor thirty years ago to what she accidentally blurted out at last night's dinner party, she explores the bad judgments and free-floating regrets that keep her up at night, and the result is a daring, candid, and wickedly funny collection of embarrassment embraced, the triumph of humor and perspective over everyday mortification.

Writer, performer, and independent film actress Beth Lisick is the author of the New York Times best-selling comic memoir Everybody Into the Pool and the gonzo self-help manifesto Helping Me Help Myself.

Praise for Yokohama Threeway:

"The ultimate joyride for those of us who enjoy cringe-worthy embarrassment, genuine pathos, and an overdosing amount of schadenfreude."—Michael Ian Black

"This book is fucking great."—Kathleen Hanna, of Bikini Kill and The Julie Ruin

"A strangely touching and engaging portrait of the artist as a young screwup."—Booklist

"Yokohama Threeway blends the funny and the painful into an elixir more closely resembling cough medicine than soda pop—a little bitter, made up of strange ingredients, not real pretty, but necessary if you want to get better. In the end, you are happy you took it, even if it leaves a funky aftertaste."—World Literature Today

"Speaking as someone who hates everything, I love this book."—James Greer, musician and author of The Failure

"Hilarious, heartbreaking, compassionate, pitch perfect, utterly original."—Joyce Maynard, author of After Her and Labor Day

"A laugh-out-loud series of short, revelatory confessions propelled by curiosity and an acute desire to experience the world. It is not now and perhaps never will be quite in vogue for people to share their shames, but Lisick does it with aplomb and even exuberance."—Evan Karp, SF Weekly

"Beth Lisick's new essay collection Yokohama Threeway made me laugh out loud more than anything else I have read all year, she is a master at sharing her life experiences with self-deprecating yet honest humor."—David Gutowski, Largehearted Boy

"Beth Lisick, divulges the most embarrassing moments in a series of short essays dripping with wicked humor."—7x7 Magazine

About the Author

Beth Lisick is a writer and performer from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her books include the New York Times bestselling comic memoir Everybody Into the Pool and the gonzo self-help manifesto Helping Me Help Myself. Lisick has toured the U.S. and Europe as a solo spoken word performer, front person for the band the Beth Lisick Ordeal, and member of the groundbreaking queer roadshow Sister Spit. Her other projects include comedic performance for the stage and screen with Tara Jepsen, curating the monthly Porchlight Storytelling Series with Arline Klatte, and teaching creative writing to young adults. She played the female lead in Frazer Bradshaws award-winning feature film Everything Strange and New and recently received a grant from the Creative Work Foundation to write a book about the developmentally disabled artists at Creativity Explored.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780872866256
Author:
Lisick, Beth
Publisher:
City Lights Books
Subject:
Humor-Anthologies
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
City Lights/Sister Spit
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 in

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Peering into life's cringe-worthy moments, best-selling author Beth Lisick excavates territory that most would rather ignore. Funny, odd, deeply personal, yet somehow universal, these are the kind of memories that haunt us all, the small awful moments of shame and humiliation that we'd rather forget than relive.

Beth Lisick has made a career of opening her life to her readers in all of its messy, smart hilarity, but this type of story doesn't usually find its way into a memoir. With her trademark humor and sly intelligence, writing in short flashes the way these episodes tend to pop up in memory, Lisick recounts her most embarrassing moments with gusto. From a trick she played on a neighbor thirty years ago to what she accidentally blurted out at last night's dinner party, she explores the bad judgments and free-floating regrets that keep her up at night, and the result is a daring, candid, and wickedly funny collection of embarrassment embraced, the triumph of humor and perspective over everyday mortification.

Writer, performer, and independent film actress Beth Lisick is the author of the New York Times best-selling comic memoir Everybody Into the Pool and the gonzo self-help manifesto Helping Me Help Myself.

Praise for Yokohama Threeway:

"The ultimate joyride for those of us who enjoy cringe-worthy embarrassment, genuine pathos, and an overdosing amount of schadenfreude."—Michael Ian Black

"This book is fucking great."—Kathleen Hanna, of Bikini Kill and The Julie Ruin

"A strangely touching and engaging portrait of the artist as a young screwup."—Booklist

"Yokohama Threeway blends the funny and the painful into an elixir more closely resembling cough medicine than soda pop—a little bitter, made up of strange ingredients, not real pretty, but necessary if you want to get better. In the end, you are happy you took it, even if it leaves a funky aftertaste."—World Literature Today

"Speaking as someone who hates everything, I love this book."—James Greer, musician and author of The Failure

"Hilarious, heartbreaking, compassionate, pitch perfect, utterly original."—Joyce Maynard, author of After Her and Labor Day

"A laugh-out-loud series of short, revelatory confessions propelled by curiosity and an acute desire to experience the world. It is not now and perhaps never will be quite in vogue for people to share their shames, but Lisick does it with aplomb and even exuberance."—Evan Karp, SF Weekly

"Beth Lisick's new essay collection Yokohama Threeway made me laugh out loud more than anything else I have read all year, she is a master at sharing her life experiences with self-deprecating yet honest humor."—David Gutowski, Largehearted Boy

"Beth Lisick, divulges the most embarrassing moments in a series of short essays dripping with wicked humor."—7x7 Magazine

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