My Family and Other Glamorous Varmints
When Simon Doonan sat down to write a memoir, he discovered he had no memories of cuddly family times or romantic Hallmark moments — turns out most of his memories are notably nasty. Birthday parties? No recollection. But his mother’s dentures flying out of her mouth when she sneezed and skittering across the kitchen floor? A vivid mental image that still brings a smile. In his subversively funny memoir, Nasty: My Family and Other Glamorous Varmints, Simon revisits his formative years and the defiantly eccentric, lovably odd family he calls his own, showing us how nasty memories can be very, very good.
Infused throughout with good humor and informed by Doonan’s keen eye for the ridiculous, Nasty reminds us never to take life too seriously. This is a wickedly good memoir from one of today’s most dazzling literary humorists.
“That Simon Doonan is a writer with a flair for the clever aphorism and a trenchant wit is no surprise. But that he is also capable of telling a tremendously moving tale is something of a revelation. It’s all here: the inexorable bonds of family; Swinging London in all its Rita Tushingham glory; the calamities of AIDS… Nasty is a book for anyone who has ever yearned to transcend their own beginnings. In other words, if you were ever younger than you are now, you must read this book.”
—David Rakoff, author of Fraud
“Nasty is wickedly funny. Simon Doonan has an ear and an eye for sublimely bizarre details that will make readers laugh out loud.”
“Beneath the hilarious camp writing in Simon Doonan’s memoir, Nasty, I was touched by his wistful yearning for the life of glamour, glitz, and Beautiful People, which he ultimately achieved.”