Lost on Treasure Island: A Memoir of Longing, Love, and Lousy Choices in New York City

Lost on Treasure Island: A Memoir of Longing, Love, and Lousy Choices in New York City

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by Steve Friedman
     
 

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“Friedman has the rare ability to write effortless prose that is funny, touching and . . . profound.”—The Washington PostSee more details below

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“Friedman has the rare ability to write effortless prose that is funny, touching and . . . profound.”—The Washington Post

Editorial Reviews

Ben Dickinson - Elle
“You may be horrified by the spectacle of Friedman trolling for babes at 12-step meetings while pitying his own inability to understand what his problem with the ladies is. You will be amply rewarded, however, by the final, jaw-dropping comeuppance he receives at the sadistic hands of a famous memoirist who snags him on a cyberdating site and emotionally demolishes him without so much as a smooch. You’ll actually feel sorry for him.”
Meghan Daum
“Steve Friedman is a toxic cad and a fabulous writer.”
Sarah Rose
Lost on Treasure Island is the story of every Midwesterner who has ever come to the Big City to follow a dream. I read it with both jealousy and gratitude: jealous because Steve Friedman is a truly gifted memoirist, and grateful that I have never personally auditioned for the role of Mrs. F. This is a fantastic read.”
Shari Goldhagen
“After finishing this sometimes infuriating, oft funny, and truly touching memoir, I’m amazed there’s not a line of ladies volunteering to be Mrs. Friedman. Lost on Treasure Island is chest of wonders indeed.”
Cathi Hanauer
“I loved Lost on Treasure Island, and, by the end, its hapless, hopeful, utterly hilarious narrator. I laughed, I cried, I flung it to the floor and snatched it up again. It's The Devil Wears Prada meets A Million Little Pieces meets Lolita. Fantastic.”
Jeff Leen
Lost on Treasure Island brilliantly limns one Midwestern man's seriocomic struggles with success, sex and spiritual development in Manhattan. Kind of a Bright Lights, Big City without the drugs, a Pilgrim's Progress without the progress, a Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man without the art or the young man. It is one man's down-and-dirty account of his battle with demons within and without. Brutally honest doesn't begin to describe it. This is a spiritual striptease that sears the soul and tickles the funny bone. Friedman writes like an angel going to hell on a Harley.”
Christopher McDougall
“I love Lost on Treasure Island. It's the truest, funniest, sexiest big-city adventure story I've ever read. As a hero, Steve Friedman is wildly flawed, but as a writer, he's in a class with Nick Hornby at his best and Candace Bushnell in her dreams.”
Elle - Ben Dickinson
“You may be horrified by the spectacle of Friedman trolling for babes at 12-step meetings while pitying his own inability to understand what his problem with the ladies is. You will be amply rewarded, however, by the final, jaw-dropping comeuppance he receives at the sadistic hands of a famous memoirist who snags him on a cyberdating site and emotionally demolishes him without so much as a smooch. You’ll actually feel sorry for him.”
Thomas Kohnstamm
“An unvarnished reckoning of the realities of following one’s dreams to make it as a writer (and fully formed adult) in Manhattan. Through highs and lows, Friedman’s caustic charm steals the show.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611450200
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
06/01/2011
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Steve Friedman, a former senior editor at GQ and former contributing editor at Esquire, is the author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Life, The Agony of Victory, and Lost on Treasure Island, and is featured in The Best American Sports Writing and The Best American Travel Writing. He writes for the New York Times, Newsweek, New York, and Runner’s World among many others. He also teaches at mediabistro.com. He lives in New York City.

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