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Small Mediums at Large Hardcover – December 29, 2004

4.3 out of 5 stars 45 ratings

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From Publishers Weekly

Cosmo Girl! columnist Iacuzzo grew up in a family of seers—including brother Frank, also a celebrity psychic—where fortune-telling, séances and prophetic visions were a daily routine. But psychological factors, including her mother's coldness and her brother's temper, loom larger than psychic phenomena in this spirited and affecting coming-of-age memoir. School was "excruciating" for young Terry, but she, like her siblings, had only to think of blood to get a nose bleed (and a hall pass); later, prescience about her classmates' cheating boyfriends earned her social cachet. Following Frank (her "real mother") to New York after high school, Iacuzzo bounced between apartments and jobs, dropped acid religiously, discovered her sexuality, steeped herself in the effervescent confluence of the blossoming gay and New Age spiritualist subcultures of the 1960s and '70s and finally settled down to offering startling psychic insights to VIP clients. There are a few too many recollected conversations from decades past and trippy descriptions of her LSD-fueled visionary trances, and skeptics may doubt her tales of bizarre paranormal happenings. But her story is full of colorful, well-observed characters, and her insights into more everyday occurrences—such as her tense, poignant account of a visit by her working-class, homophobic father to Frank's wealthy, flamboyant, gay demimonde—prove her a skilled portrayer of familial complexities and disaffection, both normal and paranormal.
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Iacuzzo, a well-known psychic with a high-profile (albeit secret) client list, writes engagingly about growing up psychic in a family where almost everyone was seeing ghosts or tuning in to what was coming next. Raised in Buffalo in a Sicilian family as dramatic as it was psychic, Terry idolized her older brother, Frank, who became a prominent psychic in New York while Terry was still dropping acid and trying to find the maternal love that had eluded her. The brother-sister relationship eventually turned sour, however, and Terry spends much of her memoir alternately describing the admiration she felt for her brother and listing her grievances against him. Terry's own psychic abilities open the story and end it, but the book's focus is on the author's personal journey (filled with drugs, sexual experimentation, and a host of psychics and spiritualists, many of whom seem more malevolent than mystical). Although most readers will be attracted by the word psychic in the title, it's the family dynamics that drive the story. This gang would be plenty interesting without the extrasensory veneer. Ilene Cooper
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Product details

  • ISBN-13 : 978-0399152351
  • Item Weight : 1.25 pounds
  • Hardcover : 368 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0399152350
  • Dimensions : 6.28 x 1.18 x 9.38 inches
  • Publisher : Putnam Adult; 1st Printing edition (December 29, 2004)
  • Reading level : 18 and up
  • Language: : English
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