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Caca Dolce - Essays from a Lowbrow Life

Narrated by: Sarah Rouse
Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
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“For anyone who has ever felt weird or poor or misunderstood or just...weird, well, this is the book for you. Martin chronicles her own bizarre upbringing in such a way that the strangeness of it all manages to still feel universal. She recounts everything from her attempt to manifest an alien invasion (she was just 11; what 11-year-old doesn't want ET to visit?) to the fights she had with her family, to what it was like to be diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome as an adolescent. 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." (Kristin Iversen, Nylon

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 11-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 an audiobook about relationships, class, art, sex, money, and family - and about growing up weird, and poor, in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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“Martin’s honest writing exists above the confines of fear and social norms. She is...a breath of pure oxygen in a literary environment that often shies away from female grit...her writing is sweaty, uncomfortable, and enchanting.... She taps into the consciousness of her past selves with precision and care, respecting the integrity and desires of those younger women. A sure hit for fans of Sara Benincasa’s Agorafabulous! and Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl.” (Booklist, starred review)
 

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Absolutely amazing

Writing is great and very affecting. Narrator is on point throughout the entire work. Blown away. More of this.