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So I wrote the book from that perspective, at least at the beginning: that of a child trying to piece together the reality of the changing world around him; because that’s how I experienced it. There were mysteries. What is a restaurant? (We’d never been in one). What is a car? A city? And, most devastatingly, what is a family? Because we simply didn’t know.

In the book, I just present it whole, the way it came to me in my life: like a mystery I couldn’t quite fathom that I had to piece together over a lifetime.

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An Amazon Best Book of May 2020: The best memoirs expand the reader’s worldview of how people live, what drives them, or how their childhood, education, friends, and landscape shape their identities and actions. In this reviewer’s mind, good memoirs do not need to be wild or shocking to be good. What matters is the voice and the writer’s ability to convey their experience. Well, Mikel Jollett’s memoir certainly fits the bill for wild and shocking, but it is also beautifully articulated and rationally shared. The short of it is that he Jollett spent the first five years of his life in a cult that was one of the most infamous and dangerous in the country; under the cover of night, he and his brother fled Synanon with a person they were told to call “mom,” but life on the outside wasn’t much better. He grew up living on the margins of society—where alcoholism, drug addiction, and poverty reigned, sadness permeated, abuse was a given, and the notion of a traditional parent was as foreign as regular food on the table. Recollects Jollett, “Is that a mom? Someone who you can’t ever remember not loving you? I know Mom doesn’t think that’s what it is…” Like the best memoirists, Jollett conveys his journey—the hurt, strangeness, and yearning of his youth (especially for a father figure) and falling in love with music—with delicate care, unabashed honesty, and without hyperbole and judgment. Despite the hardships of his childhood, he found a path where lyrics, compassion, and familial love set him free and on the road with his band the Airborne Toxic Event. This rewarding memoir will fascinate you with its abnormality but will also remind you of the power of loyalty and empathy.—Al Woodworth, Amazon Book Review --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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Mikel Jollett is the frontman of the indie band The Airborne Toxic Event. Prior to forming the band, Jollett graduated with honors from Stanford University. He was an on-air columnist for NPR's All Things Considered, an editor-at-large for Men's Health and an editor at Filter magazine. His fiction has been published in McSweeney's. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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