Rat Girl by Kristin Hersh
A Memoir

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The founder of a cult rock band shares her outrageous tale of growing up much faster than planned.

In 1985, Kristin Hersh was just starting to find her place in the world. After leaving home at the age of fifteen, the precocious child of unconventional hippies had enrolled in college while her band, Throwing Muses, was getting off the ground amid rumors of a major label deal. Then everything changed: she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and found herself in an emotional tailspin; she started medication, but then discovered she was pregnant. An intensely personal and moving account of that pivotal year, Rat Girl is sure to be greeted eagerly by Hersh's many fans.


 

About Kristin Hersh

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KRISTIN HERSH has released more than twenty albums over the course of her career which have sold more than one million copies worldwide. She records solo, as well as with her bands Throwing Muses and 50 Foot Wave.
 
Published August 31, 2010 by Penguin Books. 334 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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For her first work of nonfiction, Hersh (Toby Snax, 2007), best known as founder and principal songwriter of art-rock band Throwing Muses, revisited the journal she kept from the winter of 1985 through the spring of 1986, when her band made the critical decision to leave provincial Rhode Island a...

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“So I wrote a dumb little song about smack freaks, unemployment and holocausts,” she remembers in her memoir, “Rat Girl.” “It was only a minute long ’cause I got bored, but it was funny.” The song, “Hate My Way,” rants about the aforementioned topics as well as God (it’s all his fault), her fath...

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When Kristin Hersh was 18 years old, her indie rock band Throwing Muses recorded its first album, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and she became a mother for the first time.

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Bookmarks Magazine

After leaving home at the age of fifteen, the precocious child of unconventional hippies had enrolled in college while her band, Throwing Muses, was getting off the ground amid rumors of a major label deal.

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