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Caca Dolce

Essays

List Price: $16.95

ON SALE: August 22, 2017 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.25, 192 pages | ISBN 9781593766771

“Martin’s honest writing exists above the confines of fear and social norms...a breath of pure oxygen in a literary environment that often shies away from female grit... A sure hit for fans of Sara Benincasa’s Agorafabulous! and Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl.” BooklistStarred Review

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Funny, candid, and searchingly self-aware, this essay collection tells the story of Chelsea Martin’s coming of age as an artist. We are with Chelsea as an eleven-year-old atheist, trying to will an alien visitation to her neighborhood; fighting with her stepfather and grappling with a Tourette’s diagnosis as she becomes a teenager; falling under the sway of frenemies and crushes in high school; going into debt to afford what might be a meaningless education at an expensive art college; navigating the messy process of falling in love with a close friend; and struggling for independence from her emotionally manipulative father and from the family and friends in the dead-end California town that has defined her upbringing. This is a book about relationships, class, art, sex, money, and family―and about growing up weird, and poor, in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

About Chelsea Martin

CHELSEA MARTIN is the author of Everything Was Fine Until Whatever (2009); The Really Funny Thing About Apathy (2010); Even Though I Don’t Miss You (2013), named one of the Best Indie Books of 2013 by Dazed magazine; and Mickey (2016). Her work has appeared in publications including the Poetry Foundation, Hobart, Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter, Vice, and Catapult, and chosen as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2016. She is a comic artist and illustrator and the creative director of Universal Error. She holds a BFA from California College of the Arts and currently lives in Spokane, Washington.

Praise

“Martin’s honest writing exists above the confines of fear and social norms…a breath of pure oxygen in a literary environment that often shies away from female grit… A sure hit for fans of Sara Benincasa’s Agorafabulous! and Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl.” BooklistStarred Review

“Martin’s book of essays is funny and searching, shockingly honest and relentless in its exploration of her own life, yes, but also just life in general . . . It’s a wild ride of a memoir, and a true glimpse into the mind of an artist as she’s figuring out what life is all about.” —NYLON

“(T)he author takes a hard look at her youth, chronicling the tumult and hardship that modern American life visits on the young, thanks mostly to the regrettable behavior of grown-ups who are scarcely grown themselves:… it’s the sort of thing with which any sensitive reader who has suffered through adolescence will feel sympathetic recognition.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Martin, a writer who’s earned a cult following with her books Mickey and Even Though I Don’t Miss You, turns to nonfiction in her debut essay collection, bringing her irreverent voice to tales of childhood, crushes, art school and the California town she grew up in where people just can’t seem to leave . . . If you can relate, pick this one up.” —The Huffington Post

“This is my favorite book by Chelsea Martin and I’ve read every book by her and even published one. If David Sedaris were younger, hipper, and had once subscribed to Cat Fancy, he might write like this.”—Elizabeth Ellen, author of Person/a

“Chelsea Martin delivers neon electric jolts of reality in deadpan perfection. Refreshing, hilarious, self-deprecating, as far from pretentious as you can get—you will find you’re no longer alone with your weirdness after reading this book. Caca Dolce is righteous, painfully righteous.”—Molly Brodak, author of Bandit

Caca Dolce explores the discomfort, melancholia and absurdity of taking up space in the world when we aren’t sure if we really deserve it. Deeply human—it’s a lonely book that made me feel less alone.” —Melissa Broder, author of So Sad Today

“I highly enjoyed Caca Dolce—a weird, funny, moving, complex memoir that’s excitingly like if Diane Williams edited a 500-page novel down to 200 pages.”—Tao Lin, author of Taipei

 

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