As hilarious as it heartbreaking, I Am Not Myself These Days is not a read for everyone, but damn, did I love it.
The New York Times bestselling, darkly funny memoirof a young New Yorker’s daring dual life—advertising art director by day,glitter-dripping drag queen and nightclub beauty-pageant hopeful by night—was asmash literary debut for Josh Kilmer-Purcell, now known for his popular PlanetGreen television series The Fabulous Beekman Boys.His story begins here—before the homemade goat milk soaps and hand-gatheredhoneys, before his memoir of the city mouse’s move to the country, TheBucolic Plague—in I Am Not Myself These Days, with “plenty of dishy anecdotes and moments of tragi-camp delight” (WashingtonPost).
Why I Love It:
This is the story of a “drunk drag queen and a crackhead hooker in love.” It’s a memoir about misfits, about broken people, about connection, about identity, about hope, and yes, the glittering dream of NYC.
Josh, advertising art director by day and fabulous drag queen Aqua by night after night, recounts his time living these two distinct lives, and the very blurred lines between them, helped along by his alcoholism. In the midst of his quest to be NY’s amateur drag queen du jour, he meets Jack, a male escort and so begins a tempestuous, highly dysfunctional romance.
The humour, like the situation, is savage. I found myself laughing out loud one moment and feeling my heart break the next. A phenomenal read.
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