The Bohemian Love Diaries: A Memoirby Slash Coleman
Infused with southern charm, this irresistibly weird and wonderful story chronicles Slash Coleman's upbringing in a warped but warm-hearted household of eccentric artists. Descended from a posse of off-beat immigrantsincluding a grandfather who danced at the Moulin Rougeand raised near the capital of the Confederacy during the 1970s and '80s, young
Infused with southern charm, this irresistibly weird and wonderful story chronicles Slash Coleman's upbringing in a warped but warm-hearted household of eccentric artists. Descended from a posse of off-beat immigrantsincluding a grandfather who danced at the Moulin Rougeand raised near the capital of the Confederacy during the 1970s and '80s, young Slash sets out to find true love. Unfortunately, he's his own worst enemy. Obsessions with Evel Knievel, rock band KISS, and crisscrossing the country to find the girl of his dreams set his quest for happiness on a hapless course. Hilarious and profound, Coleman slowly comes to terms with his father, a genius sculptor and volatile alcoholic, and his mother, a Holocaust survivor who makes him promise never to reveal that he's Jewish. A touching portrait emerges of a young artist whose passionate spirit refuses to be suppressed. A swift kick to the funny bone, The Bohemian Love Diaries and its laugh-out-loud perversity conjure Jonathan Ames and Augusten Burroughs with a tender edge, revealing what might have happened if John Hodgman raised Holden Caulfield in Chuck Palahniuk's attic. It will leave you howling.
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Meet the Author
Slash Coleman wrote, produced, and starred in the PBS special The Neon Man and Me, which also won the United Solo Award for best drama. The personal perspectives blogger for Psychology Today and a regular contributor to Storytelling magazine, he appeared on the NPR series How Artists Make Money and is creating The New American Storyteller for PBS. He lives in New York City.
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I was afraid to read my son's memoir. I heard recently that authors who write their memoirs are self indulgent and full of lies. So, I decided to be like 50 Cent's grandmother who never listens to his rap music and always says she she loves it. But, curiosity finally got the best of me or else I decided reading it for myself was better than my imagination reading it. Slash Coleman's book "The Bohemian Love Diaries," made me laugh, cry, and say "Amen" a few times. Yes, this is also my life through my child's eyes and I am grateful for his forgiveness. Anyone who has wondered what a family is like that lives with addictions, drama, crisis, mistakes, love and family values might want to join our family for a holiday dinner and please bring a copy of the book with you.
Slash's biographical search for love in The Bohemian Love Diaries compares to a spiritual, "chemical-free", organic rendition of Hunter R.Thompson with lessons learned in the end.
Truly a great read. Laughter, frustration, and tears, all of the things needed to keep a reader engaged and have trouble putting it down. Everything a true book lover enjoys.
The first chapter had me laughing out loud.. wanting more. What a wonderful book it was funny and profound. Full of all the entertainment we would expect from a Memoir by Slash. Can not wait for the next book.
* I was given a free copy via the publisher in exchange for an honest review.* " It's seven minutes after midnight, and I'm standing in a silver shopping cart with a bad wheel in Harvey's Meat Market and Grocery facing a Standoff Sandwich." With those opening lines, I knew this memoir was going to be totally different from the other memoirs I have read. It's a barrel full of crazy.Coleman writes in such a way that I felt I was reading a Dali painting. If you like your biographies on the quirky side then you'll enjoy this book. It's one of the most original, entertainingly weird books I've read in a long time.
Everyone has a story, but how you tell that story is what will be the deciding factor that shines a spotlight upon the past you. Author Slash Coleman has a spot light so damn bright upon him you would think his alter ego was Batman. However, the story he tells will literally cause Batman to hang his head in shame. And that is AWESOME. From an eclectic artistic father who always saw everything in his own defined way, a mother who hid behind her Jewish bloodline, and twin sisters who scared the crap out of him for the longest time, this book will show you the growth of a child to man who knew love, found love, lost love, and wrapped it all up in a crazy offbeat adventure called life. By the end of the book, you will wish your life were even a fraction as quirky as Coleman’s and will be suggesting it to everyone to read. Read more at Musing with Crayolakym