Book Review: The Bohemian Love Diaries by Slash Coleman

The Bohemian Love Diaries: A Memoir
By Slash Coleman
Genre: Non-fiction/Biography
249 pages
Publisher:Lyons Press
Publication Date: July 16, 2013 

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* I was given a free copy via the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Book Synopsis:

Infused with southern charm, this irresistibly weird and wonderful story chronicles Slash Coleman’s upbringing in a warped but warm-hearted household of eccentric artists. Descended from a posse of off-beat immigrants--including a grandfather who danced at the Moulin Rouge--and raised near the capital of the Confederacy during the 1970s and ’80s, young Slash sets out to find true love. Unfortunately, he’s his own worst enemy. Obsessions with Evel Knievel, rock band KISS, and crisscrossing the country to find the girl of his dreams set his quest for happiness on a hapless course.
            Hilarious and profound, Coleman slowly comes to terms with his father, a genius sculptor and volatile alcoholic, and his mother, a Holocaust survivor who makes him promise never to reveal that he’s Jewish. A touching portrait emerges of a young artist whose passionate spirit refuses to be suppressed. A swift kick to the funny bone, The Bohemian Love Diaries and its laugh-out-loud perversity conjure Jonathan Ames and Augusten Burroughs with a tender edge, revealing what might have happened if John Hodgman raised Holden Caulfield in Chuck Palahniuk’s attic. It will leave you howling.

My Thoughts:

" It's seven minutes after midnight, and I'm standing in a silver shopping cart with a bad wheel in
Harvey's Meat Market and Grocery facing a Standoff Sandwich."   

With those opening lines, I knew this memoir was going to be totally different from the other memoirs I have read. It's a barrel full of crazy.Coleman writes in such a way that I felt I was reading a Dali painting. If you like your biographies on the quirky side then you'll enjoy this book.  It's one of the most original, entertainingly weird books I've read in a long time. So, I'm giving it:

About the Author:

  Slash Coleman is an American storyteller, producer, and writer who lives in New York City. The author of "The Bohemian Love Diaries," a personal perspectives blogger for Psychology Today, and a regular contributor to Storytelling Magazine, he appeared on the NPR series How Artists Make Money and is creating The New American Storyteller for PBS. He lives in New York City.

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  1. I love that you compared this read to a Dali painting! That makes me want to check it out. :)

    1. Thanks! It's very enjoyable, hope you like it.

  2. I love that I was compared to a Dali painting too! I think I need to name a sandwich after Dali. Yum!


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