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Lost on Treasure Island: A Memoir of Longing, Love, and Lousy Choices in New York City Hardcover – June 1, 2011
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“Steve Friedman is a toxic cad and a fabulous writer.” (Meghan Daum, Los Angeles Times columnist)
“Lost on Treasure Island is the story of every Midwesterner who has ever come to the Big City to follow a dream. I read it with both jealousy and gratitude: jealous because Steve Friedman is a truly gifted memoirist, and grateful that I have never personally auditioned for the role of Mrs. F. This is a fantastic read.” (Sarah Rose, author of All the Tea in China)
“After finishing this sometimes infuriating, oft funny, and truly touching memoir, I’m amazed there’s not a line of ladies volunteering to be Mrs. Friedman. Lost on Treasure Island is chest of wonders indeed.” (Shari Goldhagen, author of Family and Other Accidents)
“An unvarnished reckoning of the realities of following one's dreams to make it as a writer (and fully formed adult) in Manhattan. Through highs and lows, Friedman's caustic charm steals the show."” (Thomas Kohnstamm, author of Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?)
“I loved Lost on Treasure Island, and, by the end, its hapless, hopeful, utterly hilarious narrator. I laughed, I cried, I flung it to the floor and snatched it up again. It's The Devil Wears Prada meets A Million Little Pieces meets Lolita. Fantastic.” (Cathi Hanauer, author of Sweet Ruin and editor of The Bitch in the House)
“Lost on Treasure Island brilliantly limns one Midwestern man's seriocomic struggles with success, sex and spiritual development in Manhattan. Kind of a Bright Lights, Big City without the drugs, a Pilgrim's Progress without the progress, a Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man without the art or the young man. It is one man's down-and-dirty account of his battle with demons within and without. Brutally honest doesn't begin to describe it. This is a spiritual striptease that sears the soul and tickles the funny bone. Friedman writes like an angel going to hell on a Harley.” (Jeff Leen, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of The Kings of Cocaine and Queen of the Ring)
“I love Lost on Treasure Island. It's the truest, funniest, sexiest big-city adventure story I've ever read. As a hero, Steve Friedman is wildly flawed, but as a writer, he's in a class with Nick Hornby at his best and Candace Bushnell in her dreams.” (Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes, And the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen)
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Top Customer Reviews
From inadvertently wearing a lime green suit to his first big city interview with a terrifying big city boss, to engorging himself on copious amounts of deliciously fattening ice cream treats after yet another failed romantic attempt, Friedman lays bare every human emotion. The audience is not the demon he fears, but the prejudice in his own head that follows his every action, and so he documents everything with an entertaining clarity that leaves no thought unexplored. Any lifelong Midwesterner would be intimidated by a move to New York City, and the acclimation process would be a slow but steady progression for anyone with a pulse; for Friedman, specifically, it's a slow but steady progression to becoming a Class-A suck-up, a failed wooer of potential Mrs. Friedmans, and the hilariously honest narrator he is.
Some of his experiences are in the flesh, while still others are only extensions of his incredibly vivid imagination, but to him every incident is supremely real. The reader's journey through his prose to discover which is which is like following a treasure map and then finding a bona fide treasure trove.Read more ›
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So many chick lit beach reads describe the world of NYC publishing as a Bildungsroman - none have done it as well, or as truthfully, or a hilariously, as LOST ON TREASURE ISLAND.
Friedman is a generous guide to his own foibles, reminding readers that we are privileged to occupy other people's skulls for the length of a book. His comic self-report is full of wisdom: we are all cruise ship comedians, forever in our own lime green suits.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Among the many stories of young men coming to age in the big harsh city, this is one of the best I've read. Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by ira feirstein
I have read many memoirs, all claiming to be `brutally honest,' or `unvarnished,' or `unflinching,' or some other variety of... Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by A. Mestre
I read a story Steve wrote, which was published in my latest issue of Backpacker magazine. Enjoyed the story and bought the book. Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by Susan Meagher
I almost gave this book five stars, but the sort of redeeming ending seemed a bit rushed and forced. Read morePublished on September 25, 2012 by Amazon Customer
A tragicomic account of searching for love and sanity in a world that favors sizzle over steak. Although billed as a modern Don Juan story, this book is as much about art and pain... Read morePublished on June 6, 2012 by Reader and Writer
I loved Steve Friedman's book "The Agony of Victory," but this one really falls flat. It's a humorous memoir about his move from the midwest to New York City to write for GQ... Read morePublished on March 9, 2012 by booksy
If nothing else, Steve Friedman is honest. How else to explain a memoir like Lost on Treasure Island, a book in which Friedman decides to expose himself and what was a rather... Read morePublished on August 1, 2011 by Sam Sattler
Friedman is a sensational writer! His hyphenated-and-very-clever prose, his shift from the first to the third-person and his very visual metaphors are truly enthralling. Read morePublished on July 29, 2011 by Walid Chaouki Barake