By James Brown

ISBN-10: 006052152X

ISBN-13: 9780060521523

ISBN-10: 0061354775

ISBN-13: 9780061354779

Stricken by the suicides of either his siblings, inheritor to alcohol and drug abuse, divorce, and financial ruin, novelist James Brown lived a lifestyles clouded via dependancy, damaged supplies, and melancholy. superbly written and limned with darkish humor, those twelve deeply confessional, interconnected chapters tackle own failure, heartbreak, the pains of writing for Hollywood, and the life-shattering occasions that at last confident Brown he needs to "change or die."

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Our father drives 29 James Brown off. We start for the box office. Barry grabs my hand, but I am too old to hold hands, and I pull away. ” “Nothing,” I say. ” “Leave him alone,” Marilyn says. “If he doesn’t want to hold hands, he doesn’t want to hold hands. ” Ordinarily she sides with Barry. She is his biggest admirer, his greatest ally in a family divided by favorites. But today, on this small matter, Marilyn sides with me. We stand together in line at the box office. We sit together inside the theater and share a box of popcorn that she buys with her own money.

For the occasion my hair is freshly cut, I am dressed in slacks, Hush Puppies and a white button-down shirt that my sister ironed for me shortly before we left. On the seat beside me is the Christmas stocking that I made for my mother at school, of red crepe paper, white yarn and silver glitter for snow. My fa34 T H E L O S A N G E L E S D I A R I E S ther is sullen as he drives. His eyes rarely stray from the road. He talks little. The Center for Women is in the neighboring town of Alviso, about twenty miles south of San Jose, but it seems much farther.

An actor maybe. Another writer. And I 45 James Brown think—there’s my competition. That woman shaking hands with the man in the suit. She’s smiling and her eyes look too bright, too excited. Because he probably loved her script. Now she’s only a phone call away from her agent who will nail down a deal for a million up front, plus points on the back end, gross not net, and next Sunday I’ll spot her picture in the “Calendar” section of the Los Angeles Times. Of course I’ll be jealous but I certainly won’t begrudge her victory.

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