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Jimmy Neurosis

A Memoir

by James Oseland

On Sale: 02/05/2019

Price: $27.99

Jimmy Neurosis

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Jimmy Neurosis

A Memoir

by James Oseland

On Sale: 02/05/2019

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Price: $27.99

About the Book

From a celebrated figure of the food world comes a poignant, provocative memoir about being young and gay during the 1970s punk revolution in America

Long before James Oseland was a judge on Top Chef Masters, he was a teenage rebel growing up in the pre–Silicon Valley, California, suburbs, yearning for a taste of something wild. Diving headfirst into the churning mayhem of the punk movement, he renamed himself Jimmy Neurosis and embarked on a journey into a vibrant underground world populated by visionary musicians and artists.

In a quest that led him from the mosh pits of San Francisco to the pop world of Andy Warhol’s Manhattan, he learned firsthand about friendship of all stripes, and what comes of testing the limits—both the joyous glories and the unanticipated, dangerous consequences.

With humor and verve, Oseland brings to life the effervescent cocktail of music, art, drugs, and sexual adventure that characterized the end of the seventies. Through his account of how discovering his own creativity saved his life, he tells a thrilling and uniquely American coming-of-age story.

Critical Praise

“A page-turner about a timid adolescent who hurls himself out of 1970s suburban California into New York and San Francisco’s electric gay scenes. This gripping and inspired tale of the artist as a young man vividly shows that it does in fact get better.” - Andre Aciman, author of Call Me by Your Name

“I rooted for Jimmy Neurosis on every page of this brave, engrossing, deeply touching memoir.” - Francine Prose, author of What to Read and Why

“In this triumphant book, James Oseland not only reminds you how hard it is to be teetering on the edge of adulthood, but also what it takes to move forward.  For the first time in my life I finally understand the appeal of Punk Rock.” - Ruth Reichl, author of Tender at the Bone 

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062267368
  • ISBN 10: 0062267361
  • Imprint: Ecco
  • On Sale: 02/05/2019
  • Trimsize: 6.000 in (w) x 9.000 in (h) x 1.050 in (d)
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price: $27.99
  • BISAC1 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / LGBT
  • BISAC2 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Editors, Journalists, Publishers
  • BISAC3 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs