9781582437200

The Los Angeles Diaries A Memoir

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  • ISBN13:

    9781582437200

  • ISBN10:

    1582437203

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-03-01
  • Publisher: Counterpoint
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Summary

Plagued by the suicides of both his siblings, and heir to alcohol and drug abuse, divorce, and economic ruin, James Brown lived a life clouded by addiction, broken promises, and despair.

In The Los Angeles Diaries, he reveals his struggle for survival, mining his past to present the inspiring story of his redemption. Beautifully written and limned with dark humor, these twelve deeply confessional, interconnected chapters address personal failure, heartbreak, the trials of writing for Hollywood, and the life-shattering events that finally convinced Brown that he must “change or die.”

In “Snapshot,” Brown is five years old and recalls the night his mother “sets fire to an apartment building down the street.” In “Daisy,” Brown purchases a Vietnamese potbellied pig for his wife to atone for his sins, only to find the pig’s bulk growing in direct proportion to the tensions in his marriage.

Harrowing and brutally honest, The Los Angeles Diaries is the chronicle of a man on a collision course with life, who ultimately finds the strength and courage to conquer his demons and believe once more.

Author Biography

James Brown has received the Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. His writing has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times Magazine, GQ, and Ploughshares. He teaches in the MFA program at Cal State San Bernardino.

Table of Contents

Firep. 1
Snapshotp. 19
Daily Rushesp. 41
My Papa's Waltzp. 55
The Factsp. 61
Touchp. 77
Daisyp. 97
Personal Effectsp. 117
On Selling a Novel to Hollywoodp. 137
A Fine Placep. 147
Midairp. 163
South Dakotap. 195
Acknowledgmentsp. 201
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