Friday, October 4, 2013
Book Review - The Bohemian Love Diaries by Slash Coleman
About The Book:
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.
When I was first contacted about this book, I had to look twice at the author's name! At first I saw Slash - hmm, not THE Slash I knew from Guns 'N Roses; and then Coleman - hmmm, not my oldest son, who is also named Coleman. It was from the delightfully quirky author Slash Coleman, regarding his equally quirky memoir, "The Bohemian Love Diaries." And I'm glad his name caught my attention - because I have been delightfully entertained by the story of his life!
Coleman tells his life's story with no-holds barred! There are light-hearted moments, and moments that will tear at your heart represented in this look at a young man growing up! Coleman truly did live a bohemian lifestyle with his parents, and survived to become quite successful as a writer, a producer, and an actor! Gave him lots of character - and I am glad for it!
I highly recommend this fascinating autobiography from THE Slash Coleman!
About The Author:
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.
Check out his website at www.slashcoleman.com
My thanks to the author for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.