DOWNLOAD BOOK ☆ Where's My Wand?: One Boy's Magical Triumph over Alienation and Shag Carpeting - by Eric Poole #2020


  • Title: Where's My Wand?: One Boy's Magical Triumph over Alienation and Shag Carpeting
  • Author: Eric Poole
  • ISBN: 9780399156557
  • Page: 461
  • Format: Hardcover

  • Where's My Wand?: One Boy's Magical Triumph over Alienation and Shag Carpeting By Eric Poole Augusten Burroughs, David Sedaris, and David Rakoff have all produced winning memoirs of their demented, alternately heartrending and sidesplitting late twentieth century American childhoods Now, first time author Eric Poole joins their ranks with his chronicle of a childhood gone hilariously and heartbreakingly awry in the Midwest of the 1970s From the age of eight thrAugusten Burroughs, David Sedaris, and David Rakoff have all produced winning memoirs of their demented, alternately heartrending and sidesplitting late twentieth century American childhoods Now, first time author Eric Poole joins their ranks with his chronicle of a childhood gone hilariously and heartbreakingly awry in the Midwest of the 1970s From the age of eight through early adolescence, Poole sought refuge from his obsessive compulsive mother, sadistic teachers, and sneering schoolyard thugs in the Scotchgarded basement of his family s suburban St Louis tract house There, emulating his favorite TV character, Endora from Bewitched, he wrapped himself in a makeshift caftan and cast magical spells in an effort to maintain control over the rapidly shifting ground beneath his feet But when a series of tragic events tested Eric s longstanding belief that magic can vanquish evil, he began to question the efficacy of his incantations, embarking on a spiritual journey that led him to discover the magic that comes only from within Watch a Video
    Eric Poole
    Eric Poole has spent most of his adult life writing commercials for everything from McRibs to tampons to TV shows about celebrities boxing for which he has won lots of mantle metal from the advertising community and virtually no acclaim from anyone else He lives in Southern California with his partner of 16 years This is his second memoir.

    Where's My Wand?: One Boy's Magical Triumph over Alienation and Shag Carpeting By Eric Poole

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    Anita
    First things first, I was alerted to this book s existence on facebook, by a former high school classmate Sally posted about this book, written by yet another high school classmate of ours yay for the Class of 78 Honestly I knew Eric s name, and I remembered him as tall, thin and in the band, and I didn t know much else It s likely I was just as forgettable 32 years later, I was short, average, not part of any particular group and just one of over 700 in our graduating class What I did discover [...]

    Renee
    This is Eric Poole s episodic memoir of growing up in the 1970s in the city of St Louis If I were rating this book solely on content I probably would have given in three stars however, the writing is razor sharp, and laugh out loud hysterical at times This book focuses on his long suffering father, his older sister, and his cleanliness obsessed mother, who if Obsessive Cleanliness disorders would have been the rave in the 1970 s she would have worn the crown The fact that Poole s idol was Agnes [...]

    Michelle
    This book was awesome Eric Poole used Bewitched style magic to help him make the world he was growing up in a little to his liking The understanding and amusement, with which adult Eric looked back on child Eric, gave this memoir its humor, sentimentality, and appeal You will root for young Eric whether he is trying to make friends, save small animals, or gain some time with his sister, like they used to share I highly recommend this book, and am thrilled to see that that Poole has another one [...]

    Lauren
    Reviewed in conjunction with I Want to Be Left Behind Finding Rapture Here on EarthI read these memoirs back to back inside of a week and, despite their differences, it s difficult to review them separately At their core, both are memoirs about growing up as the outlier in a Southern Baptist family and finding personal faith within that environment The authors differ in their approach Mr Poole glides through his tome with humor while religion is front, center, and sideways in Ms Peterson s world [...]

    NerdGirlBlogger
    Where s My Wand One Boy s Magical Triumph Over Alienation and Shag Carpeting by Eric Poole is not only hilarious, sincere, and totally enjoyable for any type of reader, but as far as memoirs go and I like to think of myself as a memoir connoisseur Where s My Wand is one of those rare books that just makes you laugh, and laugh, and laugh Where has Eric Poole been hiding all of my life You will certainly grow to love this small boy as I have the book follows Eric s life from age eight to adolescen [...]

    Carol
    I really enjoyed this book from the problems with shag carpeting to the young boy who felt like an outsider and dearly wanted friends, to slowly becoming young man who made his mark in school with his trumpet I will probably give it to one of my friends but I hate to give it up In Where s My Wand, Eric Poole shows why he adopted magic as a way of defense from his family situation When his father got laid off from work, his mother grew overbearing and obsessive compulsive to cleanliness At the [...]

    Em!ly S.
    I definitely enjoyed the humor Mr Poole used while detailing his humiliating moments of childhood adolescence Reading this book had me reflecting on my own funny embarrassing poignant moments while growing up which I always enjoy doing The Wonder Years was my favorite tv series for many years I was a little confused as to what the point of the book was, where it was going, and if it was going to all come together The last chapter finally did it for me Not only was it my favorite chapter, but it [...]

    Nicole
    Some pretty funny and equally endearing stories about a tough childhood It bothered me a bit that the book turned into a religious soul search, but I was able to accept it as part of the author s journey with magic And, am I the only one who was annoyed that the book is called Where s My Wand but he doesn t actually use a wand in the book, EVER It should be called Where s My Chenille Endora Blanket

    Jen Marchain
    This book was recommended by a co worker for our book club read I am only two chapters in and I am in love with it

    Traci
    Perhaps it was my parents relationship which seemed to be devolving into nightly performances of Who s Afraid of Virginia Woolf sans the Edward Albee script and intermissions that sparked my interest in magic Perhaps it was because my new third grade teacher, a sadist in stilettos named Mrs Locke, had it in for me Today, Mrs Locke would be able to positively channel her aggression into a career as a bounty hunter or an Attica prison guard, but in 1969, her only outlet was a group of unsuspecting [...]

    Lori
    My emotions about the 1970s are mixed, to say the least Take a look at my review of James Lilek s Interior Desecrations and you will see that, along with Lileks, I have come not to praise the Keep on Truckin erabut to bury it Lately, now that this bilious tinged decade is almost 40 years behind us, I have softened just a bit And I begin to realize that there are those little details I almost miss.Eric Poole was a huge loser in the 70s as well as being a Bewitched groupie Already he and I share i [...]

    Aviva
    It was a humorous take on what must have been a challenging childhood, although the author was lucky that even though his parents were religious enough to go to three services a week in a Southern Baptist church and were totally dysfunctional in so many ways, they loved him And they told both him and others that they loved him, even though it was clear pretty early in his life that he was gay, or at least really feminine for a boy But there were things that irritated me enough to knock my rating [...]

    Jill Furedy
    The title of this book caught my eye when it first came out, so I finally picked it up There was a lot of stuff that made me laugh out loud I found his author s note appropriate, where he said he was David Sedaris Fran Lebowitz s love child least from Sedaris, don t know Lebowitz However there was less magic than I expected I thought he was going to be obsessed with it and it would pervade every couple of pages at least As it was, he only disappeared into the basement once every chapter or so t [...]

    Laura
    This was a book I won from a giveaway I was very excited by the premise and had high hopes when I started the novel, but I felt a little let down I don t like Augusten Borroughs work very much, although I do really love certain books by David Sedaris, and I had heard this novel as a sort of in between I didn t find it that way While certain parts made me smile, none of them made me actually laugh The first issue I had with the book was Eric s mother I think it s possible that she really was is a [...]

    Nicholas Husbye
    Eric Poole s Where is My Wand is one of the latest entries into the world of memoirs written by successful gay men detailing their awkward and unpopular childhood Poole s narratives were cohesive a fact I appreciated after reading Wade Rouse s disjointed America s Boy a few weeks ago anchored by his love for all things pop culture The title is a bit misleading in this regard Poole s magical triumph has little to do with a wand and with a chenille bed spread, which he uses to emulate Endora from [...]

    Nezka
    I received Where s My Wand uncorrected proof for limited distribution as part of Firstreads giveaway I m not usually a reader of humorists, so I was intrigued by the other reviews and comments, but didn t really have any specific expectations for the book While there were several funny laugh out loud retorts mostly commentary from Poole s OCD, commandeering, yet frustrated, mother and a few from Poole himself, the chapters of his life growing up in a small Midwestern town were spotty and the ent [...]

    Gregg
    This was one of the funniest books I ve read in awhile The author recounts growing up in suburban St Louis and his attempts to control the circumstances of his life via magic a la Endora from Bewitched There were so many descriptions that made me laugh Like his grandmother s voice that had long since passed Lauren Bacall sexy and was well on its way to Addams Family s Lurch and her cat who was the feline reincarnation of Joseph Stalin Or his mother s description of their neighbors the McDougals [...]

    Arminzerella
    Eric Poole grew up believing that he could do magic, perform miracles, and talk to god if he was wearing his special chenille bedspread and channeling Endora from Bewitched while visualizing the change he wanted to see in the world and making arcane gestures He uses his special powers to bring his parents back together, make friends with the armless girl in school, and exorcise the demons of homosexuality Some of his other spells have ambiguous consequences and Eric has to admit that god works [...]

    Jodi Lu
    Upon finishing, I stick with my mid way progress review that this guy s just not a very good writer The book wants some major editing and professional touches.BUT, it s not terrible to read The thread of religion and magic is sort of forced and weak, but it was a quick and entertaining, albeit predictable.He s also not a great editor Occasionally he even uses an adjective again that he JUST used, but it seems accidental, not for some greater accumulation of sparkly or whatever word it may be I m [...]

    Jeannette
    I have discovered in recent years a fondness for memoirs, and this is no exception Poole s story about family eccentricity growing up in the Midwest would likely have been charming on its own It might seem strange, but I found it even charming due to the underlying layer of loneliness and awkwardness which he experiences growing up homosexual and not fully understanding it It was sweet to watch him face obstacles I ll just dress like Endora and magic away my problems and even sweeter to see the [...]

    Lormac
    Even though it seems this book could be shelved in the Abyssmal Parenting Memoir section of my library i.e The Glass Castle , Unravelling Anne , Running With Scissors etc etc , it turns out to be much .Eric Poole s memoir recounts how he grew up in St Louis in the 70s, how his unusual family life was puzzling and difficult for him to endure as a child, and how, as the years passed, he came to gain a better perspective on his parents and his own place in the world Turns out they were not such aby [...]

    Julie
    Full disclosure this was a First Reads win for me.I have a feeling that Eric Poole and I would have been good friends had we grown up in the same place and time I can completely relate to his not belonging but not understanding why because he really was a sweet guy in a wacky household I can relate to his struggle to improve his life by invoking magic and then god as a youth, then wondering why both are inconsistent.Where s My Wand is a quick, easy, and enjoyable read Poole is funny, but I see h [...]

    Bill Taylor
    Mr.Poole remains true to the title of this winner of a book He never finds the wand or in essence the magic of Endora he s looking for to bewitch the tragic circumstances of his life Everything from the overbearing obsessive compulsive tendencies of his mother his oft times oblivious father his annoying teenage sisterd let us not forget to mention the bullying peers who are all to keen to pick up on his questionable gender identity issues.Yet amidst the gut wrenching humorwe find a wand is not w [...]

    Katharine Grubb
    I won this book from the Good Reads First Reads sweepstakes And I was glad I did I really was excited when I opened the mail An entertaining read Poole certainly writes in the style of Sedaris, but where Poole succeeds in being different is pulling his stories together thematically in this case using his magic Additionally, Poole s family isn t trying to be funny they just are who they are.What I enjoyed was starting the book laughing I read it aloud to my grinning husband There are some charact [...]

    Martha
    I received this book as part of the First Reads sweepstakes The title intrigued me, specifically the mention of shag carpeting As the book opened in media res with an argument between his parents, I was preparing myself for a stereotypical memoir of a middle class, suburban upbringing.Which in many ways it was the neurotic mother, the creative and hence outcast child, changing relationships, introduction to sexuality One complaint I had is that each chapter felt like an episode, taken out of an [...]

    Sonia Reppe
    Writing about various episodes in his youth, including peer harassment, family craziness and his relationship with his trumpet, Poole concocts a fairly entertaining read A competent writer, he was able to conjure up humor in almost every sentence, yet so many punchy lines made it seem facetious The best humor for me is when truth is revealed, not covered up and twisted into something goofy I didn t know what to believe I felt like I didn t get the whole picture and it didn t feel like memoir wri [...]

    Velma
    Right up there with Augusten Burroughs Running with Scissors and most anything written by David Sedaris, Where s My Wand is a comic romp of a Bewitched infused magic carpet ride through the 70s If you enjoy Sedaris Burroughs memoirs, Eric Poole s wry account of growing up in an ahem, eccentric family will make you chuckle Poole s childhood experiences run to the character building than the heart wrenching not as dark as Jeannette Walls Glass Castle, Wand is the newest entry into the I survived [...]

    Morninglight Mama
    Perhaps the comparisons to both Augusten Burroughs and David Sedaris is actually a disadvantage to Eric Poole His memoir collection of essays started out slowly for me, and the bar was set so high that I was expecting a type of darker wit a la Burroughs or self deprecating humor a la Sedaris that wasn t exactly what was being presented by Poole Instead, the book s momentum gradually built, and his own voice is distinctive Funny, yes, but still quite different, in my opinion, than Burroughs and S [...]

    Ashley
    I got to around page 100 before I gave up If you weren t aware of my David Sedaris pet peeve, here it is any author that writes humor essays, is automatically compared to David Sedaris in the reviews printed on their book covers I love David Sedaris, so I fall in to the trap of reading these shit core books often So, because this guy is gay and writing a book of essays that were supposed to be funny, of course he was automatically the love child of David Sedaris or whatever.This book was just de [...]

    Brian Kennedy
    Poole s writing is fast, funny and witty Every chapter is or less a stand alone essay about growing up as an alienated gay youth in St Louis in the 1970 s The only thing that bothered me, was that he tried to string his essays together using a weak through line that he was obsessed with Eudora from Bewitched, and thought he could use magic to make his life better This concept would have been funny if it had been written as it s own chapter But trying to tie it in to every chapter made it old fa [...]

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