Synopses & Reviews
In a new collection of stories, celebrated spoken-word artist Beth Lisick evokes the rollicking world of post-boom America.
An impoverished but proud office drone ("I am the reigning queen of the Toshiba BD copy machine") gets a makeover. A teenager is drugged by her fraudulent, sadistic orthodontist. On a five-hour flight to Cabo San Lucas, the author psychically bonds with a flight attendant. In this collection of 25 hilarious, anecdotal short stories, spoken-word performer Beth Lisick creates a panoramic tapestry of strip malls, junk-food habits, and yuppie pickup joints, unveiling a world that most of us simply drive past.
Blending the everyday and its sometimes grotesque underside, hallucinatory detail, and stripped-down dialogue, Lisick's descriptions are almost hypnotic with their complex rhythms and cadences. These stories all of which Beth Lisick uses in performance imbue the ordinary with unique and unexpected hilarity. Striking, witty, and vividly contemporary, these stories evoke what it's like to live now, in the suburban wasteland of the '90s.
In her first collection of short stories, celebrated spoken-word artist Beth Lisick evokes the rollicking world of post-boom America.
About the Author
Beth Lisick, author of the New York Times bestselling book Everybody into the Pool,/i>, is also a performer and odd-jobs enthusiast. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies including Best American Poetry, the Christian Science Monitor, and Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Movement. She has contributed to public radio's "This American Life" and is the co-founder of the monthly Porchlight storytelling series in San Francisco.