From the two-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter behind the groundbreaking album Exile in Guyville comes a haunting memoir in stories in the tradition of Patti Smith’s M Train
It’s hard to tell the truth about ourselves. It opens us up to being judged and rejected. We spend so much time hiding what we’re ashamed of, denying what we’re wounded by, and portraying ourselves as competent, successful individuals, that we don’t always realize where and when we’ve gone missing. In that, I don’t think I am alone.
When Liz Phair shook things up with her musical debut, Exile in Guyville—making her as much a cultural figure as a feminist pioneer and rock star—her raw candor, uncompromising authenticity, and deft storytelling inspired a legion of critics, songwriters, musicians, and fans alike. Now, like a Gen X Patti Smith, Liz Phair tells the story of her life and career in this haunting memoir that reveals the stubborn moments that have stayed with her.
For Phair, horror is in the eye of the beholder – in the often unrecognized universal experiences of daily pain, guilt, and fear that make up our humanity. Illuminating despair with hope and consolation, tempering it all with her signature wit, Horror Stories is immersive, taking readers inside the most intimate junctures of Phair's life, from facing her own bad behavior and the repercussions of betraying her fundamental values, to watching her beloved grandmother inevitably fade, to undergoing the beauty of childbirth while being hit up for an autograph by the anesthesiologist.
Horror Stories is a literary accomplishment that reads like the confessions of a friend. It gathers up all our isolated shames, bringing us together in our shared imperfection, uncertainty, and cowardice, smashing the stigma on not being in control. But most important, as Horror Stories transforms these deeply personal moments into tales about every one of us, it also asks questions about how we cope with regret and culpability—how we break their spell, and leach them of their power over us.
|Publisher:||Random House Publishing Group|
|Edition description:||Signed Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Liz Phair is a Grammy-nominated singer songwriter whose debut album, Exile in Guyville, is considered by music critics to be a landmark of indie rock. She has been a recording artist and touring performer for over twenty-five years, paving the way for countless music artists, particularly women, who cite her among their major influences. She began her career in the early 1990s in Chicago by self-releasing audio cassettes under the name Girly-Sound. The intense viral response to these early tracks led to Phair signing with the independent record label Matador Records. More than two decades after the release of her debut, Phair’s influence in contemporary music can be felt today more than ever. Liz Phair is also a visual artist who majored in studio art and art history at Oberlin College. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times and The Atlantic. Horror Stories is her first book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was received as an ARC from Random House Publishing Group - Random House in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I am familiar with Liz Phair and the music that she writes including one of my favorite songs, Extraordinary but reading about her life and the struggle she went through raising her son, was so strikingly pleasant to read in relation of all the trials and tribulations we all experience in our everyday lives. It was so shocking that she revealed of how she was bullied and rejected of being who she was and it wasn't until she got older that she really discovered who she truly was and accepted herself for it. The one thing I loved the most about the book was that Liz took painful memories and added humor to it to brighten the situation for the reader. Similar to telling the truth in her own unique voice. Teens and Young Adults will appreciate this book a lot because of the struggle Liz expresses in the book and the humorous style she expresses throughout. An inspirational witty book that will leave you speechless when you are finished. We will consider adding this title to our Biography collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
I grew up listening to Liz Phair, and I really wanted to like this book. But it just was not my cup of tea, while I appreciate the condor in her stories, they were very dramatic. And I think much more dramatic then they had to be, I was turned off when she described a tennis game with an ex boyfriend and when she realized he was a much better tennis player than her she burst into tears and was inconsolable, really?!While I'm sure there is more to that story than just what was floating on the surface, it did not make me any more empathetic to her. The feeling that I got from these stories was that these were all horrifying experiences for her, and I'm sure many of them were, but she hams it up a lot. Almost like she assumed we would all be shocked that all this happened to her... but in reality it's not shocking, it's just stuff that happens. I hate assuming how an author feels when writing anything, and I'm sure this was a very cathartic experience for her, writing it all out. But it read a lot like the ramblings of a drama queen.