I Am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer- Purcell

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I Am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer- Purcell
Mon, 04-15-2013 - 3:21pm

51. I Am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer- Purcell 308 pages + 18 additional pages about the author 4/14/13 pub 2006

I found this delightful and funny, but now I’ve read all of Josh Kilmer- Purcell’s books. In order, I have read The Bucolic Plague, The Beekman 1802 Cookbook, Candy Everybody Wants and then this book; the order may not have been ideal. Since The Bucolic Plague and this book are memoirs, I had read 150 pages or so before I copped to Candy Everybody Wants being a novel. (Yes, the cover clearly calls it a novel, why would I read a cover?)

This book takes place when Josh has just moved to New York City, is working in advertising during the day and is the drag queen Aqua (because she has a goldfish in each of her “breasts,” and perhaps because he drinks like a fish) by night. Oh and his boyfriend Jack is an actual crack attempted murdering whore. Maybe Josh needed a background of his experiences with Jack before he got involved with an actual grownup in Brent and later, Sharon Springs.

“…There’s no movie of the week about a drunk drag queen and a crackhead hooker in love. There never has been. It’s not the kind of thing people would care about. People would flip right by the channel, either unbelieving or uncaring. Who’s the good guy? Who’s the bad guy? Aren’t they both bad? If they didn’t get what they deserved by the first commercial, it’d be on to the breast cancer movie.” (257)

(Interlibrary loan, YA Quarterly Challenge #9, local author, Josh lives down the road a bit. A copy is also coming from PBS, and I'll have him autograph it.)

BTW, there is teeny subset of people for whom this would be an appropriate YA novel. 

Julia