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Bohemian Love Diaries: A Memoir Hardcover – July 16, 2013
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Coleman exhibits flashes of humor and thoughtful introspection. Passages analyzing his mother’s reasons for hiding her Jewish identity prove especially moving. ... An entertaining examination of the plight of an artist’s progeny. (Kirkus Reviews)
Slash Coleman has de-gentrified my soul. (Gary Shteyngart, New York Times–bestselling author of Super Sad True Love Story)
Slash Coleman has a fresh point of view, an original story, and tons of style. The Bohemian Love Diaries is a fun, raucous read by a fantastic storyteller. (Mishna Wolff, bestselling author of I'm Down)
Coleman comes alive on the page in this memoir about the bizarre and beautiful life of a free spirit and artist who navigates through life with his heart. It’s easy to fall in love with him as a reader, and I can’t decide if I wished I was on the journey with him or if I’m completely content to simply read about it and enjoy the laugh. One thing is for sure, Evel Knievel would be proud. (Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR's Ask Me Another and author of Screw Everyone)
Slash’s endearing and idiosyncratic memoir feels wonderfully intimate, like he’s whispering his life’s greatest and most heartbreaking moments right into your ear. A lively, wonderful read. (Mara Altman, author of Thanks for Coming)
This one-man off-Broadway act is proving over and over again that he has the ability to tell a story in a way that few can. His words capture us, his drive amazes us, and his works entertain us. (Slush Heap blog)
An uncommonly good book ... Slash is a wicked storyteller. But, unlike many other successful TV, radio, or just-in-your-living-room storytellers, he also knows how to put his stories on paper in a way that doesn't make them wilt. And the book is frequently very funny. Even more: in places it really makes you laugh out loud ... But there is a lot of tenderness and love in this book. ... So yes, go and buy The Bohemian Love Diaries, it will not change your life, but it will definitely make it richer. (Simply Jews blog)
Everyone has a story, but how you tell that story is what will be the deciding factor that shines a spotlight upon the past you. Author Slash Coleman has a spot light so damn bright upon him you would think his alter ego was Batman. However, the story he tells will literally cause Batman to hang his head in shame. And that is AWESOME. The Bohemian Love Diaries is one that most of us could only ever dream of. I like to visualize it is a fluid mix of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas meets Moonrise Kingdom but factual. ... This book will show you the growth of a child to man who knew love, found love, lost love, and wrapped it all up in a crazy offbeat adventure called life. By the end of the book, you will wish your life were even a fraction as quirky as Coleman’s and will be suggesting it to everyone to read. (Musing with Crayola Kym blog)
A heartbreak of a memoir ... Slash can write, and write well, and make me laugh out loud at the idea of a boy hacking at a tree, but it took him a serious journey to get to where he was writing down his own story. ... I loved every embarrassing moment he shared. ... It’s a bit Running with Scissors mixed with Mennonite in a Little Black Dress meets I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell has dinner with every six-word memoir book made at Smith, sleeps with Girl, Interrupted. ... The book ends in a full-circle road trip with his father. I won’t give it away, but it’s beautiful. I don’t often say a plot is beautiful, but the way that this bohemian discovers the truth of his father is devastatingly pretty. Not girl-pretty, just something-floating-in-space-pretty. This book won’t be hard to spot since the cover has a small child in underwear and a helmet, which makes complete sense to parts of this story. I dare you to read it to get to the truth. (Books and Bowel Movements blog)
It's a barrel full of crazy. Coleman writes in such a way that I felt I was reading a Dali painting. If you like your biographies on the quirky side, then you'll enjoy this book. It's one of the most original, entertainingly weird books I've read in a long time. (I Feel So Unnecessary blog)
About the Author
Slash Coleman wrote, produced, and starred in the PBS special The Neon Man and Me, which also won the United Solo Award for best drama. The personal perspectives blogger for Psychology Today and a regular contributor to Storytelling magazine, he appeared on the NPR series How Artists Make Money and is creating The New American Storyteller for PBS. He lives in New York City.
More About the Author
The "Dear Uncle Slash" advice columnist at howdoidate.com, a 2013 Storytelling World Award Winner and the 2012 United Solo Winner for Best Drama, Slash is best known Â for his one man PBS special, "The Neon Man and Me." Â
As a performer, he's been featured at: TEDx, The International Storytelling Center, Pete Seeger's Clearwater Festival and hundreds of national theatres. Slash lives in New York City and splits his time between performing and writing new material for the stage, film, and television.
Top Customer Reviews
Anyway, this is all behind me. I am happy to report that the dread and the foreboding disappeared somewhere during the first page. And that I have finished the book roughly in two consecutive sittings (well, lying downs in my case). Only now I have another problem. It is indeed an uncommonly good book, and now I have two difficult goals: how to avoid using the superlatives already used by the people that were allowed onto the dust cover and how to overcome another, even more difficult limitation I've imposed on myself. You see, I consider that using quotes from this book, even short ones, will be akin to spoilers. The book is definitely a finely cut gem, and quoting from it will be like chipping off pieces and destroying its integrity*.
So I've kind of painted myself into a corner now. And I have to get to the task from a different end. Instead of talking about the beginning sentence (which is also a good one, believe you me, but I can't quote it here), the narrative, the style etc.Read more ›
The best thing about the book was that it felt real. It's possible, it's always possible, that stories are embellished especially when they are being drawn from the memories of a child but the stories in The Bohemian Love Diaries felt so absurd and unusual it's hard to believe anyone would make them up. I have stories like that in my own family; stories that are so ridiculous they simply have to be true. The opening anecdote had me near tears from laughing at the imagery. A grown man arguing with a shopkeeper about buying beer on Sunday, a fight, and a little boy in a helmet with an orange-visor relishing it all and just waiting to spew cursed venom at the cashier. It was just a story but I felt as though I was simply standing nearby watching it all unfold. I felt like a passerby who couldn't turn away from a car crash or other pure dysfunction. I was captivated. I felt the same way with most of the other stories although I can't say I was smitten with them all.Read more ›
Slash Coleman's, THE BOHEMIAN LOVE DIARIES, is an amazing escapade - a hilarious and melancholy tale of love found, lost, forgotten, and misunderstood.
Bizarre, Beautiful, Brave, Bewildering, Blissful, Brazen, Bittersweet, Brilliant: Bohemian.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved the book! I grew up in the same area as the author and this book brought back a lot of memories.Published 15 months ago by Joseph stevens
I do not want to repeat what the other 5-star reviewers said about the book. I loved the style, the content, the stories... this book satisfied all my needs of a good read. Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by oneofakind
The first two thirds of this book is as raw and soul-baring as Nick Hornby and simultaneously as clever, funny, and absurd as David Sedaris. Read morePublished on January 17, 2014 by Amazon Customer
It starts out pretty good, but then it just goes into lala land. I'm ok going off for a little while but it just seemed very disjointed. A memoir?? Read morePublished on December 31, 2013 by teufel
Insightful. Delicious. Thought provoking. Huggable. Award worthy. These are descriptions that would stand for both Slash and the content. Read morePublished on December 22, 2013 by Raleigh R. Pinskey
Really a very fun, interesting read. I'm not the biggest fan of biographies other than historical ones... Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Diana
I was afraid to read my son's memoir. I heard recently that authors who write their memoirs are self indulgent and full of lies. Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by V. Coleman
What a surprise...I disagree with the average reviewers again. I like memoirs. I enjoy reading about individuals who overcome adversity to find purpose and satisfaction. Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by Monica K
This book was a great surprise ! one of the most enjoyable books that I have read in a long time.Published on November 19, 2013 by nancy a schmitz