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Everybody into the Pool: True Tales Paperback – June 27, 2006
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Lisick, a natural storyteller, plunges not only into the pool but also into details, some undeniably gory, about her transformation from ultratanned homecoming queen (high-school freshman with a hunky senior as her date) in a puffy-sleeved, plaid dress of royal blue, lime green, canary yellow, bright pink, and hues of purple into a young woman living illegally in a warehouse as raw sewage falls from broken pipes and the upstairs occupants. Well, that's a slide into drug-culture squalor for you. That warning posted, let it be said that Lisick employs a whacked-out, loopy humor that many will find charmingly off-the-wall as she recounts such larks as traveling as the sole straight girl with a lesbian punk band and spending an evening at a Catholic charity fund-raiser selling raffle tickets (and filching some of the cash) to fund an abortion her vacationing boyfriend can't. Readers will also learn of Lisick's open-minded, not entirely successful quest for bisexuality in the early 1990s and her stint as a giant banana. Whitney Scott
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“The tales veer from razor sharp to hilarious. A” (Entertainment Weekly (Editor’s Choice))
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And yet, she is extremely intelligent, competent and understands life's seedier people, druggies, the whole world of rock and roll bands and she lives in spooky neighborhoods, warehouses but seems to survive rather well with all of the freaks roaming around nearby.
We also get a fun view of her sexual experiences, not a graphic or erotic view, but a realistic and sometimes hilarious view of what sexual pressures are on regular kids growing up in the public schools.
The end result is that we have traveled through time with her from her first date as a 14 year old to having her first child and her hilarious descriptions of her baby compared to the perfect mother's baby.
I loved the book, it touched me and made me glad to know her. I'll be watching for her next.
Two of my favorite chapters are "My Way Or the Bi-way" and "A Bed and a Breakfast." In the former chapter Lisick recounts her dabbling-- to perserve the metaphor of her book title-- into the lesbian/bi-sexual waters. Will she or won't she? The first time she finds herself naked in bed with another woman, she describes her experience as follows: "There's no doubt I enjoyed myself, but it was similar to the way I enjoyed waterskiing for the first time or eating uni. I jumped in with a positive attitude, realizing it was an activity beloved by millions, but it didn't exactly push me over the edge." To use a phrase of her own, Ms. Lisick "soldiers on," meeting "full-on" women who appreciate "the art of the perfectly formed beer belly, the beauty of filthy hair, the decadence of a homespun knuckle tattoo." (I believe that would with a ball-point pen.) In the "Bed and Breakfast" segment, the writer's observations about this strange phenomenon that sprang up in the last years of the 20th century are as accurate as an arrow from an Amazon's quiver: "Sometime in the mid-eighties, the idea that you might want to pay to spend a weekend sharing a house with strangers in a contrived country setting somehow got shoved over the transom and fell into the ever-expanding, handwoven basket of bourgeoise leisure activities. . . I resented the fact that when I finally came down to breakfast in one of these places, the hostess had seemingly been standing by the oven, warming my mini-orange-cardamom muffins for hours until, upon hearing my footsteps, she raced across the parquet to grab the quilted calico hen to put them in before they cooled off." There are literally dozens of passages just as good as these.
Finally, you have to love a writer who makes a verb out of "tart" as in "to tart up."
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