Party of One by Dave Holmes
A Memoir in 21 Songs

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Holmes is all charm, and his self-deprecating style makes his story relatable and engaging without feeling self-involved. A hilarious and touching coming-of-age story that will strike a particular nerve among Generation Y.
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From former MTV VJ Dave Holmes, the hilarious memoir of a perpetual outsider fumbling towards self-acceptance, with the music of the '80s, '90s, and today as his soundtrack
 
Dave Holmes has spent his life on the periphery, nose pressed hopefully against the glass, wanting just one thing: to get inside. Growing up, he was the artsy son in the sporty family. At his all-boys high school and Catholic college, he was the closeted gay kid surrounded by crush-worthy straight guys. And in his twenties, in the middle of a disastrous career in advertising, he accidentally became an MTV VJ overnight when he finished second, naturally, in the Wanna Be a VJ contest, opening the door to fame, fortune, and celebrity—you know, almost

In Party of One, Holmes tells the hilariously painful and painfully hilarious tales—in the vein of Rob Sheffield, Andy Cohen, and Paul Feig—of an outsider desperate to get in, of a misfit constantly changing shape, of a music geek who finally learns to accept himself. Structured around a mix of hits and deep cuts from the last four decades—from Bruce Springsteen's "Hungry Heart" and En Vogue's "Free Your Mind" to LCD Soundsystem’s “Losing My Edge” and Bleachers’ “I Wanna Get Better”—and punctuated with interludes like "So You've Had Your Heart Broken in the 1990s: A Playlist" and “Notes on (Jesse) Camp,” this book is for anyone who's ever felt like a square peg, especially those who have found their place in the world around a band, an album, or a song. It's a laugh-out-loud funny, deeply nostalgic story about never fitting in, never giving up, and letting good music guide the way.


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About Dave Holmes

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DAVE HOLMES is a comic, an actor, a writer, and a television personality based in Los Angeles. After working five years as an MTV VJ, he has hosted shows for CBS, Bravo, Comedy Central, Court TV, E!, FX, History, TV Guide Network, and most recently American Canvas for Ovation. He is a contributor to Esquire; a former writer for Vulture; and a performer at Upright Citizens Brigade, IO West, and Second City theaters. He was named one of NPR’s 10 Favorite Pop Culture Personalities and is a frequent guest on such podcasts as Nerdist, Comedy Bang! Bang!, and Crybabies, as well as a commentator on clip shows all over TV. His monthly comedy game show, The Friday Forty, is currently running at Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist Theater. He also hosts the podcast International Waters on the Maximum Fun Network.
Author Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Author Hometown: St. Louis, MO
 
Published June 28, 2016 by Crown Archetype. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Holmes is all charm, and his self-deprecating style makes his story relatable and engaging without feeling self-involved. A hilarious and touching coming-of-age story that will strike a particular nerve among Generation Y.

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