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Wilsey's father was a distant, wealthy man who used a helicopter when a moped would do and whose mandates included squeegeeing the stall after every shower. Much of Wilsey's youth was spent as subservient to, or rebelling against this imposing man. But the maternal figures in Wilsey's childhood were no less affecting. His mother, a San Francisco society butterfly turned globe-trotting peace promoter, seemed to behave only in extremes--either trying to convince young Sean to commit suicide with her, or arranging impromptu meetings with the Pope and Mikhail Gorbachev. And Dede, his demon of a stepmother, would have made the Brothers Grimm shiver.
As always with memoirs one must take expansive sections of recalled dialogue with a grain of salt, but Wilsey's short, unflinching sentences keep his outlandish story moving too quickly for much quibbling. In the end, Wilsey says, "It took the unlikely combination of the three of them--mother, father, stepmother--to make me who I am." It's a fairly basic conclusion after 479 pages of turning every stone, but it's also one that renders his story--more than shocking or glorious--human. --Brangien Davis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book had me totally laughing out loud many times. I would just burst out laughing at how he described these horrible situations. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Mamasan
A great book, especially if you are at all familiar with San Francisco social politics. Very fascinating, heartbreaking and triumphant.Published 11 days ago by jill
i am in SF part time so i am familiar with the people in the book. many of the happenings take place in familiar territory. It was very interesting reading.Published 1 month ago by Julie A. Fong
In the interest of full disclosure I also was a student at Cascade School between August of '85 to September of '87. According to Mr. Read morePublished 4 months ago by suzanne
This outrageously hagiographic biopic snap-pic of the top of the heap in the Bay, how hard work triumphs over laziness or whatever and so forth, should, if you allow it, nullify... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sean T Pauzauskie
Written with humor, I couldn't put it down. A well-told story where the writer was willing to show his own warts. What a journey the author has been on by such a young age. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ljim
Rich, deep and set in San Francisco, this book gives you a real look into wealthy families and how they live.Published 11 months ago by Quintana M. Clark
This book is a wonderful break from the run of celebrity memoirs (I know it came out before they were ubiquitous, but for a new reader like me, it's important). Read morePublished on May 21, 2011 by Ashley
Sean Wilsey's blistering coming-of-age tale, "Oh the Glory of It All," is intended as a memoir, but is more tell-all trash-fest than a lessons-learned right of passage. Read morePublished on December 13, 2010 by Michael F McCauley