Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Eating My Feelings: Tales of Overeating, Underperforming, and Coping with My Crazy Family, by Mark Brennan Rosenberg

Eating My Feelings:
Tales of Overeating, Underperforming, and Coping with My Crazy Family 
Author: Mark Brennan Rosenberg 
Publisher: Three Rivers Press 
Publication Date: August 6, 2013

OMG I feel like I just met Mark Rosenberg and already I want to hang out with him, like, everyday. He can come shopping with me and Ross Matthews who is definitely my new best friend. We'll gossip about celebrities, or better yet, '90's celebrities that we all still remember and wish would become famous again. He could make his case for Taylor Dayne and then he could help me track down the current whereabouts of Roxette. And there would be cake. Obviously.

But it's not all stories about cake and celebrities. There are also some poignant and sometimes heartbreaking stories about his childhood (he did not get along with his stepmother AT ALL), about growing up as a fat little gay kid with parents and stepparents who disagreed about everything from religion to which summer camp to send him to (his mom wanted to let him keep going to the obviously superior theatre camp while his stepmom overruled the decision and sent him to basketball camp...which actually turned out to be fat camp. No wonder he didn't like her).

I didn't know anything about the author before I read this book, but it turns out he's the author of the blog, The Single Life of a Manhattan Homo (already bookmarked it) and the previous book, Blackouts and Breakdowns (which is going on my TBR pile IMMEDIATELY). Also--and he doesn't know this now so don't ruin it for him--he's now my new best friend. Well, him and Ross Matthews. Obviously.

Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from the publisher from NetGalley and also Edelweiss (Above the Treeline). I was not obliged to write a favourable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.

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