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An outrageous story of drag, drugs and debauchery. This memoir is told with a great deal of humour and pathos. I think I find myself drawn to books like this because the ability for people to hit rock bottom (usually while having a mad and crazy time on the way down!!) and then pull themselves back up with such courage and strength is truly inspiring. I loved this for its campness, it’s darkness and its honesty.
Josh Kilmer-Purcell lived a double life. By day, he was a successful young advertising executive. By night, he would trade in his corporate uniform for high heels and sequins, and perform in downtown New York nightclubs as a drag queen called Aquadisiac before returning to the uptown penthouse he shared with his crack-addicted male escort boyfriend. In this powerfully written, emotional rollercoaster of a memoir, Kilmer-Purcell blends the high camp world of nightclubs, drugs and drag with a soulful and ironic perspective on his own journey through love and life.
Told with a raw and honest voice that conveys hard truths with unflinching courage, I Am Not Myself These Days is a stunningly witty and deeply moving tour de force by a remarkable new talent.
‘As tart and funny as a Noel Coward play’
‘A wonderful book, a ridiculous book, a sad and beautiful book, a book I’ll read again, a book I highly recommend’
James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces
Publication date: 04/06/2007
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||4th June 2007|
|Publisher:||Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites,|
After â€˜retiringâ€™ from drag in 2000, Josh Kilmer-Purcell refocused on his advertising career, winning numerous awards, and is now a partner in a mid-size creative advertising agency in lower Manhattan. He lives on Manhattanâ€™s Upper East Side with his partner of five years.More About Josh Kilmer-purcell