Saturday, October 07, 2006

Memoirs That Sell

Sure, everyone knows about the James Frey caper, but take a look at this, pardon the expression, lowballing of the genre. And the follow up "family" edition just sold.
ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME. KEVIN., a humorous account of his deeply-disturbing spiritual crisis, which sends him back to his childhood home in North Carolina in search of his Ultimate Purpose, only to be met with serious doses of reality in the form of his congenitally reclusive brother, manic depressive mother, and grandmother suffering from advanced Alzheimer's (his grandfather and dad were there, too, but they never left the basement where they continually repaired a single lawn mower), to Lindsay Sagnette at Bloomsbury, by Erin Hosier at The Gernert Company.
With that kind of background it's easy to see why Keck is successful. Naturally he and Tommy Lee share the same agent.


Blogger Keck said...

Well, I wouldn't consider myself successful because I still have the time to google myself while watching Law & Order reruns. But I wouldn't exactly call my book a "lowballing" of the memoir genre either. After all, I deploy allusions to classical texts. But I am going to buy a copy of Against a Strong Current because it seems to be in the spirit of Ed Abbey whom I greatly enjoy.

6:08 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Well, you'll learn something from it Kevin, but anal sex won't be in the mix, or any other positions for that matter. I was referring to exactly this sort of hook: I had a debaucherous childhood sort of thing. Mixing that with higher literary forms sure is a sign of higher learning, but isn't what sold it is it? I'm no Abbey, but I try. We walked much the same road.

8:19 PM  

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