I love fun/funny memoirs. Let's list our favorites and talk about them here.
First up, Wade Rouse.
I took a workshop with Wade Rouse in April, where he taught a class on "Humor, Humanity, and Honesty" as a way to write memoir. It was a compelling, life-changing session for me.
Previous to the workshop, I'd read excerpts of his book Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler. I thought the book looked good, but never pursued reading it, and eventually forgot mostly about it.
Two weeks ago I got his first book America's Boy and Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler from inter-library loan.
Stop reading this post right now. Go to the book store or library. Locate these two books and read them in the order they were written in. Now. I'll wait.
You back? Good.
He just published a new book, At Least In the City Someone Would Hear Me Scream. It has been getting a lot of press and I'm going to be picking it up from the library today and it'll be going on vacation with me. I'm, quite seriously, just pre-squee about this.
His website, for those who are interested, is waderouse.com (duh? ) Book information and trailers are available there.
In chatting with him during the workshop, and then during his class, I found out a lot about myself and how I want to write. His story is compelling, his method is fresh, and he himself is really just a terrific guy.