Diary of an Emotional Idiot by Maggie Estep
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A slyly constructed semi-autobiographical story about a young woman skirting the edge of the '90s, dealing with relationships, her less-than-perfect past, and artistic angst, Diary of an Emotional Idiot is edgy and entertaining--a mesmerizing story of the more surreal aspects of day-to-day living on country back roads and Manhattan's East Village. 192 pp. Author tour. National media & online publicity. 30,000 print.

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Maggie Estep was born in Summit, New Jersey on March 20, 1963. She dropped out of high school in her late teens and moved to Manhattan. She worked briefly as a go-go dancer, joined the punk scene and became addicted to heroin. She took up fiction writing at a drug rehabilitation clinic in the mid-1980s. She attended the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado and received a B.A. in literature from the State University of New York. She was a novelist and spoken-word poet who helped popularize slam poetry on MTV, HBO and PBS in the 1990s. She wrote several books during her lifetime including Diary of an Emotional Idiot, Love Dance of the Mechanical Animals, Hex, and Alice Fantastic. She also published two spoken-word albums with rock accompaniment, No More Mr. Nice Girl and Love Is a Dog from Hell. She died on February 12, 2014 after suffering a massive heart attack two days before at the age of 50.
Published February 25, 1997 by Harmony. 184 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Erotica, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She and her best friends join together to form Idiots Anonymous, a group with membership restricted to ``dope fiends, sex addicts, or thieves.'' Such is the cool world of la vie bohäme: Zoe herself studies Burroughs's Junkie, makes the obligatory pilgrimage to Morocco, becomes a ``shaky junkie ch...

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Performance artist Estep delivers a raspy, ultra-hip monologue for her first novel, a clever and cynical take on a young woman's life on the edge of urban society.

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Although the narrator of this debut novel starts out as a moldy Gen-X cliché — a junkie punk named Zoe who protests her anomie a little too loudly — she quickly takes shape as a winningly cynical survivor.

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