Dangerous When Wet

Dangerous When Wet

A Memoir

Book - 2015
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""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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250041159
1250041155
9781466837300
Characteristics: xi, 271 pages ; 25 cm

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JudithE
Aug 08, 2015

Pretty good, entertaining, life story of funny gay man, with lots of chutzpah, who is also an alcoholic. It resembles books by Augusten Burroughs in tone and honesty. I got a bit tired of the long drunkalog portions, but other readers might not feel the same way. I found his relationship with his family, including his incredibly supportive spouse, touching.

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