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The Los Angeles Diaries – by James Description:



The Los Angeles Praise for The Los Angeles Diaries The best addiction memoirs reflect on the running and gunning with just the right amount of thoughtful remove which is exactly what makes James Browns The Los Angeles Diaries so important. The title is deceptive in that theres nothing diary-like about it: No diary could be this elegantly crafted and tightly woven. Structured as a series of standalone vignettes the book has more than enough material to justify a woe-is-me stance–an arsonist mother and suicidal siblings to start with–but a clear-headed voice that mines the subject matter of regret while refusing to ever wallow keeps the narrator out of self-pity. Underread and underrated Browns vibrant imagery and nimble storytelling elevates The Los Angeles Diaries into a league all its own. –The Fix selected as one of the Ten Best Addiction Memoirs The Los Angeles Diaries is one of those rare memoirs that cuts deeply chillingly into the readers own dreams. It is a dramatic vivid heartbreaking very personal story of human responsibility and guilt of alcoholism of suicide of marital struggle of the uncertainties and ambiguities of a writers life in modern America. The book is cleanly and beautifully written and its also incredibly moving. –Tim OBrien author of The Things They Carried and winner of the National Book Award The Los Angeles Diaries is terrific. Its one of the toughest memoirs Ive ever read at once spare and startlingly admirably unsparing. It glows with a dark luminescence. James Brown is a fine fine writer. –Michael Chabon author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay winner of the Pulitzer Prize This gemlike collection . . . materializes in such delicate strokes that the emerging theme bes one of almost miraculous forgiveness any pain and rage all but hidden between the lines. –San Francisco Chronicle (Best Books of the Year) Profound . . . unsparing and clear-eyed a heartbreaking story and yet oddly inspirational the tale of the last man standing. –Janet Fitch Life-affirming . . . An extraordinarily gripping honest and somehow uplifting tale. It seamlessly moves from bleak to beautiful . . . A darkly bright hugely compassionate and oddly redemptive story of loss and failure guilt and addiction. –The Independent As tragic as Browns life has been the memoir displays neither pathos nor self-pity but elegiac wisdom . . . How moving is Browns The Los Angeles Diaries? While double-checking the quotes and facts I simply gave in and reread it again struck even more by its pain its beauty and its craft. –Deirdre Donahue USA Today Its the balance of agony and grace of course that makes life so ferociously interesting. Brown has perfectly captured that balance in this unpretentious very profound book. –Carolyn See The Washington Post Novelist Brown (Lucky Town; Hot Wire; etc.) mines the explosive territory of his own harsh and complicated life in this gut-wrenching memoir . . . Browns genius compels readers to sympathize with him in every instance. Juxtaposed with the shimmery unreality of Hollywood these essays bitterly explore real life an existence careening between great promise and utter devastation. Browns revelations have no smugness or self-congratulation; they reek of remorse and desire passion and futility. Brown flays open his own tortured skin looking for what blood beats beneath and why. The result is a grimly exquisite memoir that reads like a noir novel but grips unrelentingly like the hand of a homeless drunk begging for help. –Publishers Weekly (Best Book of the Year) Browns blackout days make for a darkly alluring read. This is the kind of book that bes an underground classic for all the wrong reasons. –Booklist A riveting read. A supremely powerful and depressing memoir then one that seeks to evoke and express–rather than in any way explain–the misery that engulfed one ambitious American family. –Kirkus The Kennedy curse looks like a garden-variety hex compared with the dysfunction passed down among Browns alcoholic clan. When the acclaimed Lucky Town novelist was 5 his embezzling mom dragged him along to an arson; both his siblings committed suicide in middle age; Brown himself abandoned his wife kids and college English students for days to binge on booze and meth. If thats not bleak enough consider this memoirs really depressing scenes . . . Hollywood script meetings. Its all riveting and self-pitiless but two passages are priceless: a devastating imagining of the post-recovery shame that led his sister to dive into the bone-dry L.A. River and his nightmarishly funny battle of wills with a potbellied pig that was supposed to salvage his marriage but instead helped demolish it. –Chris Willman Entertainment Weekly This is a ghost story and James Brown should be dead. That he is not is a remarkable tale of perseverance in the face of staggering loss and tragedy. –Charles Feldman CNN Remarkable . . . Rises The Los Angeles Diaries – by James