The Bohemian Love Diaries by Slash Coleman
A Memoir

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An uneven but entertaining examination of the plight of an artist’s progeny.
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Infused with southern charm, this irresistibly weird and wonderful story chronicles Slash Coleman’s upbringing in a warped but warm-hearted household of eccentric artists. Descended from a posse of off-beat immigrants--including a grandfather who danced at the Moulin Rouge--and raised near the capital of the Confederacy during the 1970s and ’80s, young Slash sets out to find true love. Unfortunately, he’s his own worst enemy. Obsessions with Evel Knievel, rock band KISS, and crisscrossing the country to find the girl of his dreams set his quest for happiness on a hapless course.
            Hilarious and profound, Coleman slowly comes to terms with his father, a genius sculptor and volatile alcoholic, and his mother, a Holocaust survivor who makes him promise never to reveal that he’s Jewish. A touching portrait emerges of a young artist whose passionate spirit refuses to be suppressed. A swift kick to the funny bone, The Bohemian Love Diaries and its laugh-out-loud perversity conjure Jonathan Ames and Augusten Burroughs with a tender edge, revealing what might have happened if John Hodgman raised Holden Caulfield in Chuck Palahniuk’s attic. It will leave you howling.
 

About Slash Coleman

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Slash Coleman wrote, produced, and starred in the PBS special The Neon Man and Me, which also won the United Solo Award for best drama. The personal perspectives blogger for Psychology Today and a regular contributor to Storytelling magazine, he appeared on the NPR series How Artists Make Money and is creating The New American Storyteller for PBS. He lives in New York City.
 
Published July 16, 2013 by Lyons Press. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Jun 23 2013

An uneven but entertaining examination of the plight of an artist’s progeny.

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Above average
Reviewed by Stevie Godson on Jul 15 2013

What could in less skilled hands have ended up as a freakish melodrama, a kind of gallery of the grotesque, is by turns darkly comic, side-splittingly funny, and poignant.

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