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Searching for John Hughes: Or Everything I Thought I Needed to Know about Life I Learned from Watching '80s Movies Paperback – November 29, 2016
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“Tells a heartbreaking story of restless youth, imposter syndrome, and the movies that help him make sense of it all...Makes me wnat to tell my parents and children how much I love them...and then curl up on the couch and watch The Breakfast Club.” (Emma Straub, author of the New York Times bestsellers Modern Lovers and The Vacationers)
“With geniality, humor and charm, Diamond explores the ways in which cinematic fantasy can influence, overshadow, and help us to escape reality. This book is for anyone playing out an eternal adolescence.” (Melissa Broder, author of So Sad Today)
“Jason Diamond writes with equal parts wit and candor about what happens when life diverges wildly from the suburban fairytales made popular by John Hughes. Diamond passionately conveys how lovely it is when we find less cinematic but harder earned happy endings on our own terms.” (Maris Kreizman, author of Slaughterhouse 90210)
“Oh look, it’s all my favorite things in one book: Chicago, New York City, punk rock, food, and existential crises...Bittersweet, charming and hilarious...details the longing and struggle of an aspiring writer with clarity, wit, and heart.” (Jami Attenberg, New York Times bestselilng author of The Middlesteins and Saint Mazie)
“Both funny and heartbreaking, Diamond’s memoir is not just an account of how one director’s films impacted-and perhaps saved-his life. It is also a memorable reflection on what it means to let go of the past and grow up. A quirkily intelligent memoir of finding oneself in movies.” (Kirkus Reviews)
About the Author
Jason Diamond is the founder of Vol. 1 Brooklyn and an associate editor at Mensjournal.com. His work has been published by the New York Times, The Paris Review, Pitchfork, Vice, Bookforum, McSweeney's, and many other publications. He lives in Brooklyn.
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I am shocked at both of his parents’ behavior and I hope that in the not-too-distant future, Diamond might share what became of his mother and father and how he came to peace with how they treated him. There was both abuse, physical and emotional, as well as abandonment, and no resolution shared in the course of the book. The parts about his childhood were so painful to read, and although Diamond was resourceful, he shouldn't have had to be, as only a teen, and the cruelty that they showed to him was unforgivable.
Loving Chicago and the North Shore as well as Hughes’ movies, I was inclined to read the book and relive the movies in all their glory. Each of them brings back memories of not only life as a teen, but of the city that I adore, which the director so lovingly captured on film.
This is a heartfelt memoir that shows you really can follow your dreams, get knocked down a lot, get back up again and again, and if you don’t give up, you might just be surprised where you land.
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