Excuse Me While I Slip into Someone More Comfortable: A Memoir

Excuse Me While I Slip into Someone More Comfortable: A Memoir

by Eric Poole

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Overview

“Eric Poole’s journey of self-delusion and self-discovery had me laughing one minute, crying the next, and rooting for him every second.” —George Takei
 
In 1977, Eric Poole is a talented high school trumpet player with one working ear, the height-to-weight ratio of a hat rack, a series of annoyingly handsome bullies, and a mother irrationally devoted to Lemon Pledge. But who he wants to be is a star . . . ANY star. With equal parts imagination, flair, and delusion, Eric proceeds to emulate a series of his favorite celebrities, like Barry Manilow, Halston, Tommy Tune, and Shirley MacLaine, in an effort to become the man he’s meant to be—that is, anyone but himself.
 
As he moves through his late teens and early twenties in suburban St. Louis, he casts about for an appropriate outlet for his talents. Will he be a trumpet soloist? A triple-threat actor/singer/dancer? A fashion designer in gritty New York City?
 
Striving to become the son who can finally make his parents proud, Eric begins to suspect that discovering his personal and creative identities can only be accomplished by admitting who he really is. Picking up at the end of his first acclaimed memoir, Where’s My Wand?, Poole’s journey from self-delusion to acceptance is simultaneously hysterical, heartfelt, and inspiring.
 
“A touching and RIOTOUSLY funny story about one boy’s search for his personal and creative identities in the 1980’s Midwest. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll keep your jazz hands to yourself, Mister.” —Judith Newman, author of To Siri with Love

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948122030
Publisher: RosettaBooks
Publication date: 05/15/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 285
File size: 817 KB

About the Author

Eric Poole has spent most of his adult life writing commercials for everything from McRibs to tampons to TV shows about celebrities boxing—for which he has won lots of mantle metal from the advertising community and virtually no acclaim from anyone else. He lives in Southern California with his partner of sixteen years. This is his second memoir.

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