Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir – Jamie Brickhouse

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Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir – Jamie BrickhouseDangerous When Wet by Jamie Brickhouse
Published by St. Martin's Press on April 28, 2015
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Personal Memoirs
Pages: 288
Format: Print
Source: Library
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three-stars

"Whoever said you can't get sober for someone else never met my mother, Mama Jean. When I came to in a Manhattan emergency room after an overdose to the news that she was on her way from Texas, I panicked. She was the last person I wanted to see on that dark September morning, but the person I needed the most."
So begins this astonishing memoir--by turns both darkly comic and deeply poignant--about this native Texan's long struggle with alcohol, his complicated relationship with Mama Jean, and his sexuality. From the age of five all Brickhouse wanted was to be at a party with a drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other and all Mama Jean wanted was to keep him at that age, her Jamie doll forever. A Texan Elizabeth Taylor with the split personality of Auntie Mame and Mama Rose, always camera-ready and flamboyantly outspoken, Mama Jean haunted him his whole life, no matter how far away he went or how deep in booze he swam.Brickhouse's journey takes him from Texas to a high-profile career in book publishing amid New York's glamorous drinking life to his near-fatal descent into alcoholism. After Mama Jean ushers him into rehab and he ultimately begins to dig out of the hole he'd found himself in, he almost misses his chance to prove that he loves her as much as she loves him. Bitingly funny, raw, and insightful, Dangerous When Wet is the unforgettable story of a unique relationship between a son and his mother.

Jamie Brickhouse is a gay, alcoholic, red-head from Texas. If that doesn’t make him enough of a walking punchline, his larger than life mother, Mama Jean is always there to put him in his place. A memoir of change, acceptance and finally becoming true to yourself, Dangerous When Wet is at the core a story of redemption.

I am undecided about this memoir. It was advertised as funny and similar to David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs so I was disappointed, as I never found the humor. However, it had heart and solid story telling. It read to me as a true life tales magazine article that had been expanded upon. To me a memoir is about a specific event and an autobiography is about one’s life as a whole. This was an autobiography mascaraing as a memoir; it was sectioned off chronologically from the author’s earliest memories to current. I enjoy memoirs as they are slice of life and tend to be very tight and succinct and this rambled. It was an interesting read never the less, but not what I hoped for. I did enjoy Dangerous When Wet as an autobiography, but a humorous memoir it was not.

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three-stars

Posted June 13, 2015 by Laura in Reviews / 0 Comments


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