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ISBN-10: 0872866254
ISBN-13: 9780872866256
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publish Date: 09/24/2013
Dimensions: 7.90" L, 5.40" W, 0.50" H

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Yokohama Threeway: And Other Small Shames

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Overview

Peering into life’s cringe-worthy moments, best-selling author Beth Lisick excavates territory that most would rather ignore. Funny, odd, deeply personal, yet somehow universal, these are the kind of memories that haunt us all, the small awful moments of shame and humiliation that we’d rather forget than relive.

Beth Lisick has made a career of opening her life to her readers in all of its messy, smart hilarity, but this type of story doesn’t usually find its way into a memoir. With her trademark humor and sly intelligence, writing in short flashes the way these episodes tend to pop up in memory, Lisick recounts her most embarrassing moments with gusto. From a trick she played on a neighbor thirty years ago to what she accidentally blurted out at last night’s dinner party, she explores the bad judgments and free-floating regrets that keep her up at night, and the result is a daring, candid and wickedly funny collection of embarrassment embraced, the triumph of humor and perspective over everyday mortification.

Writer, performer and independent film actress Beth Lisick is the author of the New York Times best-selling comic memoir Everybody Into the Pool and the gonzo self-help manifesto Helping Me Help Myself.

Praise for Yokohama Threeway:

The ultimate joyride for those of us who enjoy cringe-worthy embarrassment, genuine pathos, and an overdosing amount of schadenfreude.–Michael Ian Black

This book is fucking great.–Kathleen Hanna, of Bikini Kill and The Julie Ruin

A strangely touching and engaging portrait of the artist as a young screwup.–Booklist

Yokohama Threeway blends the funny and the painful into an elixir more closely resembling cough medicine than soda pop–a little bitter, made up of strange ingredients, not real pretty, but necessary if you want to get better. In the end, you are happy you took it, even if it leaves a funky aftertaste.–World Literature Today

Speaking as someone who hates everything, I love this book.–James Greer, musician & author of The Failure

Hilarious, heartbreaking, compassionate, pitch perfect, utterly original.–Joyce Maynard, author of After Her and Labor Day

A laugh-out-loud series of short, revelatory confessions propelled by curiosity and an acute desire to experience the world. It is not now and perhaps never will be quite in vogue for people to share their shames, but Lisick does it with aplomb and even exuberance.–Evan Karp, SF Weekly

Beth Lisick’s new essay collection Yokohama Threeway made me laugh out loud more than anything else I have read all year, she is a master at sharing her life experiences with self-deprecating yet honest humor.–David Gutowski, Largehearted Boy

Beth Lisick, divulges the most embarrassing moments in a series of short essays dripping with wicked humor.–7×7 Magazine

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I laughed and cringed and cared more and more. Thank you, Beth Lisick, it was and continues to be worth all the struggles.–Matthew Zapruder, author of Come On All You Ghosts

No matter how civilized we all like to pretend we are, Lisick's writing reminds us how simultaneously wonderful and terrible it is to be alive. By baring her own 'Oh, no!' experiences, she shows us there is no shame in being human. Okay, a lot of shame. But at least it's funny shame.–Kim Wong Keltner, author of Tiger Babies Strike Back

The Sister Spit vet, known for her wry wit and bare-all honesty, spills some of the most embarrassing, cringe-worthy moments of her life. Hannah Horvath, meet your match.–Out Magazine

Beth Lisick recalls a litany of minor transgressions with humility, hilarity and incisive wit.–Annie Atherton, Shelf Awareness Starred Review

Lisick celebrates our uncanny ability to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and plod on. By making private abashment public, she pulls no punches. Indeed, by chuckling at life's whammies and zingers, she leaves us clamoring for more.–Eleanor Bader, Review Fix

Yokohama Threeway mixes equal parts of pain, humor, and honesty to deliver a short, fast, satisfying read. There are jokes, apologies, anecdotes, and confessions that range from the deeply personal to the universal and from the philosophical to the horrible. When you're ready to accept that you're as bad as the rest of us and take pleasure in the humiliation of others, pick this one up.–Gabino Iglesias, Entropy

The ultimate joyride for those of us who enjoy cringe-worthy embarrassment, genuine pathos, and an overdosing amount of schadenfreude.–Michael Ian Black

This book is fucking great.–Kathleen Hanna, of Bikini Kill and The Julie Ruin

A strangely touching and engaging portrait of the artist as a young screwup.–Booklist

Yokohama Threeway blends the funny and the painful into an elixir more closely resembling cough medicine than soda pop–a little bitter, made up of strange ingredients, not real pretty, but necessary if you want to get better. In the end, you are happy you took it, even if it leaves a funky aftertaste.–World Literature Today

Speaking as someone who hates everything, I love this book.–James Greer, musician & author of The Failure

Hilarious, heartbreaking, compassionate, pitch perfect, utterly original.–Joyce Maynard, author of After Her and Labor Day

The book that had me laughing the hardest this year was Beth Lisick's Yokohama Threeway and Other Small Shames. The stories in this hilarious collection are naked and embarrassing and pure. But what I most appreciate about Lisick's storytelling is her brazen disregard for anything except verity. She's not interested in participating in the worldwide clever competition. No, Beth is all about the sloppy, topsy-turvy, warts-and-all truth. Acerbic, ignominious and terrifying at times, the stories told in this slim book always have the core of earnestness.–Joshua Mohr, Writers' favorite books of 2013, San Francisco Chronicle

A laugh-out-loud series of short, revelatory confessions propelled by curiosity and an acute desire to experience the world. It is not now and perhaps never will be quite in vogue for people to share their shames, but Lisick does it with aplomb and even exuberance.–Evan Karp, SF Weekly

Beth Lisick's new essay collection Yokohama Threeway made me laugh out loud more than anything else I have read all year, she is a master at sharing her life experiences with self-deprecating yet honest humor.–David Gutowski, Largehearted Boy

Beth Lisick, divulges the most embarrassing moments in a series of short essays dripping with wicked humor.–7x7 Magazine

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ISBN-10: 0872866254
ISBN-13: 9780872866256
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publish Date: 09/24/2013
Dimensions: 7.90" L, 5.40" W, 0.50" H
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