Zooey Deschanel’s site must get what, 100,000 uniques a day? I wonder if this will affect sales. My agent told me press doesn’t really do anything to sales. He said being on the cover of the New York Times Book Review itself might lead to a couple hundred new books sold. This is in an industry where you either sell 50k or your book flopped.
I’ll admit, I have a soft spot for personal essays. More specifically, humorous personal essays. I appreciate the skill, since making someone laugh (in print) is a very difficult task. This is why I’ve compiled a short list of must-read memoirs–that are truly funny.
“How to Piss in Public” by Gavin McInnes
Often referred to as “the Godfather of hipsterdom” Gavin McInnes and his tell-all-and-then-some novel is about as fun as they come. From drug-induced debauchery to nearly losing his foreskin in an aggressive hand-job incident, the contents of this novel are not for the faint of heart. There are some heart-felt moments throughout the memoir however, like finding love, experiencing 911 in New York City, and leaving Vice Magazine (which he co-founded) on rocky terms. Read the book—laugh, cringe, vomit, whatever—and just enjoy it.