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Product Details

  • Paperback: 26 pages
  • Publisher: New Texture (July 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982723954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982723951
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #886,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Massachusetts-born Donna Lethal divides her time between Los Angeles and the Mojave Desert, accompanied by her 90-pound pit bull. She won her first writing contest (third place!) in fifth grade and is currently collaborating on a book with fellow poet Nicca Ray and painter Jesse McCloskey. Intending to teach film studies, Lethal attended the New School in New York City, but decamped for Los Angeles after 9/11. She has also lived in Boston, New York, and London. Her collage work and photographs have been shown in Los Angeles galleries, and her work can be found in Dowager Quarterly, The Hair Hall of Fame, Find a Death, The LA Beat, Cold Dirt Press, Scorchy Girls and a chapter in the book Weird Hollywood. Her blog, Lethal Dose (www.DonnaLethal.com), and its collection of vintage beauty ephemera has been featured in Elle Girl (Korea). Since 2010, she has assisted celebrated photographer Phil Stern in organizing and archiving his vast collection of slides, negatives and prints, spanning over seventy years of classic material. She has also worked as a photo researcher for Cameron Crowe on The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert for HBO and on the Peabody-nominated special 48 Hours: Black Dahlia. She is an avid amateur ornithologist.

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Looking forward to more from the inimitable Donna Lethal!
Thombeau
This book shows the strength of a persons soul having been through what she has growing up.
dan rivers
Both writers have a strong writing voice, each has their charms.
S. J. Koblentz

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By dan rivers on September 23, 2011
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Ive read Milk Of Amnesia twice since i received it this past Wednesday. You are not going to read something more honest and enveloping than this book. Donna Lethal can tell a story that will wrench your heart. And the Brilliance of it all is that her writing can evoke so many emotions without her even trying. She has a way with words like i haven't seen before. She tells some sad tales but looks back on some with a great humor. This book shows the strength of a persons soul having been through what she has growing up. Every Dingy motel in Lowell need to replaces their complimentary bibles with this book, for it is far more enjoyable and telling. Thank you for making such an awesome goddamn book! i look forward to more!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on November 28, 2011
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Great read-I wanted to savor but hadn't the self-control. Great characters with excellent dialogue. A fresh and original voice and format for memoIrish! Donna Lethal-you rock!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura Vona on February 12, 2013
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I had a bit of a hard time determining if this book is a memoir or if it is a fictional novel (different places in the book label it as either) but after reading it I have come to the conclusion that it doesn't really matter either way. What it is, is a marvelous stand alone piece that illustrates time and place with the authors brilliant sparse use of words.
Much like the old saying about music, the words left out of this book are just as important to the whole of the story as the words used to write it.
In a market full of memoirs (let's assume it's a memoir for now) written from a male point of view, this is one of the very best growning up in/near Boston memoirs that I have read, not only becasue it stands apart from the pack for it's female point of view but it's written with such a unique style that makes it a book you just can't put down til the ride is through.
Touching, heart breaking and side splittingly funny, anyone with even the slightest family disfunction will find something to relate to in this book.
I absolutely loved it and can't wait to read more from this brilliant voice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David on September 26, 2011
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Ah - Donna's natural flair for storytelling finally makes it to the printed page!

If you've run across Ms. Lethal in one of her many on-line incarnations (including on her blog, Lethal Dose) then you're no doubt already a fan. If not, do yourself a favor and make your introduction via this collection of vignettes from her both harrowing and hilarious childhood in Lowell, MA.

Donna has an uncanny knack for ushering us though a childhood [you wouldn't wish on anybody] with a jaundiced eye and a wit that's neither forced nor precious.

The book is populated with more characters than you can shake Damon Runyon at, yet never comes across as contrived. You can't imagine it happened that way, yet never doubt that it did. Think Jean Shepherd - through the looking glass.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Koblentz VINE VOICE on September 18, 2011
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Donna Lethal's Milk of Amnesia reminded me of another book that I love, Helene Stapinski's Five Finger Discount (ISBN 0375758704). Both writers have a strong writing voice, each has their charms. But Ms. Lethal's is more episodic, and that acts as look into the mind of someone like us - someone who remembers events as they were, not as they fit into a particular storyline. Our brains work like this - a sound, smell, a glance into a moment of time, and the brain fires off memory, and Lethal has had enough sense to record hers for the reader enjoyment.

Our families and their foibles are stranger than fiction - those of us who have braver to look at those around us without shoehorning them into a Donna Reed or Brady Bunch molds know this.

But how many of us have the guts to sit down and lay it out for ourselves and for others?

The writer accepts these people and the memories because she is part of them and they are part of her. What the author doesn't do is apologize or rationalize - these people in her life, the predicaments that arise, the events and guilty parties (or innocent by-passers) are what they are and she doesn't sugar coat them or try and find excuses for them. Her sriting is stark, and to the point. It's refreshing and not cliche.

Our families make us in part who we are. Ms. Lethal has forged he own identity that unapologetically embraced these moments that she has shared with the reader. And for that I thank her.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L'etranger on September 15, 2011
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I have been trying to say something about Donna Lethal's "Milk of Amnesia" for a week now. The problem is, every time I think I have her locked into a "genre," she slithers back out. At first I thought "Aha! Bukowski's daughter!" But then, while there are Bukowskian moments, she never really has the aloof detachment that seems to pervade his work. "A mixture of Mark Twain and Dorothy Parker," was another mistake. Lethal has none of Twain's folksiness and just a drop of Parker's snark. I looked for a Saint of the Catholic Church, but the closest I got was Santa Lucia, Saint Lucy, who tore out her eyes and presented them, bleeding, to her fiance when he expressed his infatuation with them. "You have such beautiful eyes," he said. "Take them and leave me alone to pray," replied Lucy, holding her ripped out eyeballs out on a silver platter.

Lethal's stories are funny, but there is always an edge, always a threat. She has the unique ability to smell it and I think she does a public service by alerting the young to the warning signs. She's the orifice on the other side of the Penthouse forum, whether she is "teen girl on the beach" or "papergirl" or the "friend's daughter who happened to come downstairs one Saturday just as I was making French toast." But Lethal grabs the situation by the throat and says "I don't think so." And it is impossible not to cheer for her when she runs or kicks or swings a broom handle to victory.

"Milk of Amnesia" starts and ends in the same doctor's office. We get to see what changes, but more importantly, what stays the same. Lethal does not let us off the hook. She doesn't go for the cheap trick or the easy answer. She never violates our trust in what we know about how things happen. Life sucks, but sometimes you get lucky, and, just in time, you realize "who is ten o'clock."
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