Perishable: A Memoir

Perishable: A Memoir
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Still, though, the narrator cannot despise his father. There was a problem adding your email address. Be the first to discover new talent!

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When Mother passed the story along five minutes later, not only did it now include several alligators, but she failed to recognize that one of the people listening was the man who had originally told the story. I decided it was time to scream bloody murder and flop around like a catfish, but that was one strong hag. She rounded the corner and disappeared. So I finally shut up. Mother designs and sews most of my clothes, but nothing has zippers. To pee, I have to drop my pants and underwear to my ankles.

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So when three older kids came into the restroom, they saw a kid dressed like a French surrealist standing at an adultsized urinal with his ass hanging out. Le Couteau de Library. Thus Perishable isn't merely a good read. It may help you laugh at your own crazy relatives. Debra Hamel -- author of Trying Neaira: All of us grew up in families that were more or less dysfunctional.

But this one takes the cake. Well, it wasn't as bad as those families you see on the TV news where a child is actually killed, but boy was it bizarre.

Perishable: A Memoir by Dirk Jamison

In fact it seems remarkable that Mr. Jamison grew up at all, let alone sane enough to put enough sentences together to write a book like this. Then when you find the humor and understanding that he brings to the book and you have to realize that almost regardless of what you do to them kids seem to shake it off and grow up.

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The story is delightful so long as you didn't have to live it. This is what happened to the true hippies who never became part of society. Or as viewed from the standpoint of the author realizing that everyone in your family is a lunatic.

Dad's dropped out, working sucks and he isn't going to do it any more; Mom is a Mormon whose main goal is to get her children into heaven; sis is trying to kill him. They are all nuts, but as it is described, they're nuts in a delightful way. I found this book hard to read because of all the animal abuse. It doesn't just happen one or even two times, it happens over and over again. The only person I could feel for is the mom. She seems like the only sane one in the family. The father and children are just not very likable, and I found it very hard to feel anything for them other than disgust at the way they abused their animals, and dislike for their whine-y, "poor me" attitudes.

I can't understand the high reviews, this book was just not very interesting and it was pretty hard to read about the animal abuse. In fact, I pretty much couldn't even read those sections. Would not recommend this one. I was browsing the biography section of the library today and ran across Perishable. It sounded familiar - like the story behind a recent documentary about a father that "drops out" from a professional career and takes his kids out of school so they can live on a beach and surf.

Well, this ain't it. This is probably the dysfunctional version of that story. I read the first 75 pages in the library and then took the book home where I finished it - about 3 hours total and probably the most amusing 3 hours I have had in years. Not only is it a great story but it's a well-told great story. See all 8 reviews. Most recent customer reviews.

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His overweight Mormon mother tranquilized herself with boxes of cupcakes and long telephone conversations with her sisters in Utah. In , Dirk Jamison's father started having a midlife crisis that never ended, and after purposefully losing his construction job, he moved his family to a ski resort and started feeding Throughout the memoir, the author provides us with the often hilarious details of concealing scavenged food in foil from his mother, building housing multiple times with his father, surviving adolescence in a Mormon community and a tumultuous relationship between his parents. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. I enjoyed the excerpts on This American Life.

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