I am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell

28 Feb


Usually, I’m not one to read memoirs or autobiographies.

I like fiction because I can delve into the story, take a mind break and live someone else’s life. I love fiction because it’s fun, often frivolous and I’m a sucker for a good story. Fiction has a way of easing stress for me, taking away the days’ worries and it’s just entertaining.

I wish I could say the same for biographies or memoirs. I find them preachy and boring and the author is usually full of themselves. Yet, lately, I’ve been drawn towards non-fiction, something I rarely read. I read Night by Elie Wisel last year and it was an eye opening book, a gut wrenching book. I figured, Okay, that’s a fluke. But then I read The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier. Okay, another non-fiction read. Maybe I’m on to something here…

Perhaps I found a niche that I enjoy? I also loved (despite the controversy) A Million Little Pieces. So maybe my tastes are chaging. Talking to a book seller last night she told me that as we grow and mature, so do our tastes. I also promise myself that I would broaden my reading horizons this year, that I would read some good, hard books.

This brings me to I Am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell.

I think it was the title that intrigued me, or it could be the circles on the cover putting me into a trance. Either way, it’s FANTASTIC! But what is it about? It might not be for everyone, but it’s one hell of a read.

Josh is living a double life: Ad exec by day, Drag Queen by night. Going out to drag shows as Aquadisiac, a drag queen with fish floating around in plastic breasts. Hers is a life of vodka, bumps and ABBA.

One night, at a bar, he meets Jack. Jack is a man on the edge and he has a coke problem. Can a cokes out man and a drag queen find love? Well, I don’t know yet. I’m only twenty pages in to it so far and, thus far, it’s perhaps one of the freshest memoirs I have read in a long time.

I’ll keep you posted on how it’s going. One thing is for sure, I’m in for one heck of a ride!

One Response to “I am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell”

  1. francine savill December 30, 2008 at 2:18 pm #

    Although you have said that misery memoir is not a genre that you would normally think about reading, I wondered whether, at some time, you may cast an eye over my blog and let me know if it is a book that, when published, you may be tempted to read?

    You can’t explain death to a pigeon by Francine Savill (93,000 words)


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