I Am Not Myself These Days: A Memoir (Paperback)

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This book comes from the noble tradition of people in advertising/marketing writing memoirs. That said, a memoir about a youngish man who does drag, lives with a male sex worker, and is trying to black out most nights of the week with alcohol offers a nice summer read. Set in NYC, this gay narrative also shows insight in the world of drag, clubs, and love pre-iPhone.

-- Cody

— From Cody M. Staff Picks


The New York Times bestselling, darkly funny memoirof a young New Yorker's daring dual life—advertising art director by day,glitter-dripping drag queen and nightclub beauty-pageant hopeful by night—was asmash literary debut for Josh Kilmer-Purcell, now known for his popular PlanetGreen television series The Fabulous Beekman Boys.His story begins here—before the homemade goat milk soaps and hand-gatheredhoneys, before his memoir of the city mouse’s move to the country, TheBucolic Plague—in I Am Not Myself These Days,  with “plenty of dishy anecdotes and moments of tragi-camp delight” (WashingtonPost).

Praise For…

“I laughed. I cried. I laughed again. I AM NOT MYSELF THESE DAYS is tawdry and brilliantly witty.”

“...absolutely hilarious and heartbreaking and heartfelt.”

“...a delicate narrative that spares not an ounce of pain but never once aims for contrition.”

“...impossible to look away.”

“...Outrageously vulgar, unexpectedly moving, and one of the most sincere love stories I’ve read in a long time. ”

Recipient of Elle‘s Readers’ Prize 2006

Book Sense Pick for March 2006

“...the book goes deeper, ultimately telling what is a painfully dysfunctional love story...”

“I AM NOT MYSELF THESE DAYS is like the memoir equivalent of a hooker with a heart of gold.”

“...this life-altering (and ultimately heartbreaking) love story crawls deep into your veins.”

“…a very entertaining read… as tart and funny as a Noel Coward play, for Kilmer-Purcell is especially good at dialogue, and, as in Coward’s best plays, under the comedy lies the sad truth that even at our best, we are all weak, fallible fools. Again and again in this rich, adventure-filled book, Kilmer-Purcell illustrates the truth of Blake’s proverb, ‘The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.’”

“...decadent and delirious, weird and wonderful.”

“...plenty of dishy anecdotes and moments of tragi-camp delight.”

“...a good read, as you’d expect.”

“Though Aqua is retired, her wit lives on in I AM NOT MYSELF THESE DAYS, with priceless one-liners aplenty.”

“Funny and wise.”

“Readers will find this tale of good-boy-turned-bad-drag-queen darkly hilarious and entertaining.”

“ Through the varied and raucous details of his life experience, Kilmer-Purcell ...renders himself more accessible to all readers.”

“...an exotic, whirlwind tale of an unconventional life.”

“The book is at once a sensational memoir and...a universal love story.”

“...a talented new voice.”

“While Kilmer-Purcell’s way of life may be uncommon, his feelings of love, betrayal, loss and hope are universal.”

“...it’s one hell of a spellbinding read.”

“Kilmer-Purcell acheives the near-impossible task of getting jaded readres to root for this screwed-up pair...”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780060817329
ISBN-10: 0060817321
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: February 7th, 2006
Pages: 336
Language: English