Are You There, God? It's Me. Kevin.: A Memoir [NOOK Book]

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In this hilarious, confessional memoir, Kevin Keck tries to come to terms with the intense lack of meaning in his life. At twenty-six, Keck felt like he was losing his mind. When anxieties about his "Ultimate Purpose" aren't manifesting themselves in struggles with OCD or depression, they swing him into a mania that drives him from one dysfunctional girlfriend to the next...all of whom resemble his mother in their shared capacities for personalized madness. In search of sanity, he returns to his childhood home in...
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Overview

In this hilarious, confessional memoir, Kevin Keck tries to come to terms with the intense lack of meaning in his life. At twenty-six, Keck felt like he was losing his mind. When anxieties about his "Ultimate Purpose" aren't manifesting themselves in struggles with OCD or depression, they swing him into a mania that drives him from one dysfunctional girlfriend to the next...all of whom resemble his mother in their shared capacities for personalized madness. In search of sanity, he returns to his childhood home in North Carolina, 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 are there, too, but they never leave the basement where they continually repair a single lawnmower.
Will Keck's anxieties about the failure of his Ultimate Purpose to manifest drift away as he looks for life's meaning in the comforting Carolina hills? No way. That wouldn't be funny. Are You There, God? It's Me. Kevin is a madcap journey to faith (in life? in God?) from an insanely talented comedic genius.
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Another irreverent coming-of-age saga from Keck (Oedipus Wrecked, 2005, etc.). Like David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs before him, the author enchants and occasionally horrifies with self-deprecating tales of familial dysfunction as he exposes the bumps encountered thus far on his road to self-discovery. Displaying a flair for the surprisingly droll, Keck unravels the events that prompted his exodus from graduate school at Syracuse back to his native North Carolina to try and compose himself. He wastes no time confessing his pill-popping, pot-loving proclivities and immediately draws in the reader by revealing the eccentricities that sprang from his precarious mental state. "New Year's Eve 1999," the memoir begins. "It was three in the morning, and I was parked at a gas station in Scranton, Pennsylvania, checking my temperature with a rectal thermometer." Keck came by his paranoiac and bacteriophobic tendencies honestly, he demonstrates. At one point during his young adulthood, his violence-prone mother tried to rouse him out of bed by holding a butcher's knife to his throat and yelling, "Goddammit! Get up, you bitch, or I'll kill you!" Alongside tales of familial hardship, including moving accounts of his grandmother's descent into dementia and his grandfather's death, runs a humorous and sometimes poignant commentary on religion and spirituality that lends the memoir some structure. Lamenting the paucity of lines assigned to his small role in a church skit based on the miracle of the loaves and fishes, Keck can't resist adding, "If you have but a loose association with the church, then you have most likely heard this story of Jesus whipping up a thirty-minute meal." Cheeky views suchas this set the tone in an endearing narrative that shows a lost writer slowly finding his way. Laugh-out-loud memoir that also offers serious food for thought for those tempted to seek the comforts of home when negotiating the trials of adulthood. Agent: Erin Hosier/The Gernert Company
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596918306
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 12/12/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 794 KB

Meet the Author

Kevin Keck is the author of Oedipus Wrecked, a collection of essays, and a frequent contributor to Nerve.com. His writing has appeared in Maxim, Details, and numerous dust-collecting literary journals. He lives just outside Charlotte, North Carolina.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2011

    Damn funny

    Honest and frank memoir. Keck is a new incarnation of David Sedaris. If you are looking for witty humor give this boik a read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2007

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    This is a compelling book where the author is searching for faith and finds it!!! You will not be able put this book down....

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