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The Los Angeles Diaries: A Memoir The Los Angeles Diaries A Memoir Kindle Epub Author James Brown Wgf2011.eu A Man Overcomes The Trappings Of His Family S History Of Suicide And Addiction In This Grimly Exquisite Memoir That Reads Like A Noir Novel Publishers Weekly, Best Book Of The Year One Of The Toughest Memoirs I Ve Ever Read, At Once Spare And Startlingly, Admirably Unsparing It Glows With A Dark Luminescence James Brown Is A Fine, Fine Writer Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Plagued By The Suicides Of Both His Siblings, And Heir To Alcohol And Drug Abuse, Divorce, And Economic Ruin, James Brown Lived A Life Clouded By Despair In The Los Angeles Diaries, He Reveals His Struggle For Survival, Mining His Past To Present The Inspiring Story Of His Redemption Beautifully Written And Filled With Dark Humor, These Twelve Deeply Confessional, Interconnected Chapters Address Personal Failure, Heartbreak, The Trials Of Writing For Hollywood, And The Life Shattering Events That Finally Convinced Brown That He Must Change Or Die Harrowing And Brutally Honest, The Los Angeles Diaries Is The Chronicle Of A Man Who Ultimately Finds The Strength And Courage To Conquer His Demons And Believe Once A Gemlike Collection San Francisco Chronicle Best Books Of The Year Profound Unsparing And Clear Eyed, A Heartbreaking Story, And Yet Oddly Inspirational Janet Fitch A Darkly Bright, Hugely Compassionate, And Oddly Redemptive Story Of Loss And Failure, Guilt And Addiction The Independent An Unpretentious, Very Profound Book Carolyn See, The Washington Post A Grimly Exquisite Memoir That Reads Like A Noir Novel But Grips Unrelentingly Like The Hand Of A Homeless Drunk Begging For Help Publishers Weekly Best Book Of The Year

  • ebook
  • 225 pages
  • The Los Angeles Diaries: A Memoir
  • James Brown
  • English
  • 15 May 2019
  • 9781582438733

About the Author: James Brown

James Brown is the author of several novels, and the memoirs, The Los Angeles Diaries, and This River He is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Fiction Writing and the Nelson Algren Award in Short Fiction His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Ploughshares, and The New England Review.

10 thoughts on “The Los Angeles Diaries: A Memoir

  1. says:

    5 20 16 There are so many addiction memoirs out there Don t they all begin to sound the same after a while Well, not this one Aren t they all just focused on what s in the narrator s head the constant search for the next fix Not this one Don t they mostly just invoke horror at what the addict goes through, with little room for the subtler emotions Definitely some of them But not this one.Two things about The Los Angeles Diaries stand out to me The first, appropriately enough given the title, is the setting James Brown grew up in Hollywood, with an older brother and sister who tried their hand at acting his brother with some success , and Brown himself eventually tries, mostly without success, to become a screenwriter His depiction of his town was successful on every level I was there for the traffic jams I felt the desert heat I could picture the various seedy neighborhoods Although Brown never describes it explicitly, I sensed his flop sweat in every awkward meeting with a Hollywood executive, and I sympathized with his struggle to be creative in such a soul killing atmosphere The vividness of the writing made it much easier to put Brown in context, to recognize that, even in the throes of addiction, he d had a life and was still trying to have one.By the same token, Brown s relationship with his two siblings, both of whom ...

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    I loved The Los Angeles Diaries so much I put off my review just felt so anxious about how I could possibly do it justice Whenever I m bowled over by a book, I get completely insecure in my own ability to string together words that might express how deeply it has made me feel The minute it arrived from , I pretty much devoured it in a sitting With Brown s most recent memoir This River which I read last week still resonating in my mind, I found I could not put The Los Angeles Diaries down At the risk of repeating much of what I already said in my review of This River , Brown s writing is simply gorgeous the language was like this gentle, confident, steady thread capable of guiding even the most squeamish or apprehensive of readers through the hairiest of moments And that s not to say The Los Angeles Diaries wasn t a visceral read it most definitely was What I loved about reading this book immediately after the This River was how much closer it brought me to his family, especially his brother Barry and sister Marilyn I could see them, felt for them and had such a power...

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    For his prose alone I d recommend James Brown s The Los Angeles Diaries It is so beautifully written the sentence structure sparse, the rhythm quick, the imagery intense He makes some brilliant choices with his narration I have never before read a second person narrative where the author uses it to portray empathy Brown does it well and if you re not into this type of memoir, which not everyone is, I suggest you skip ahead and read the chapter Midair It is stunning The entire book is scene driven, there really isn t much reflection Other than the author allowing the reader to make their own conclusion as to his behaviors And I m all for trusting the reader to get it However there are times when it feels as if Brown is too distant He never quite takes responsibility for his actions He says look at that, look how fucked up it was, now on to the next chapte...

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    Wow Where did this book come from Frankly, I should ve read this years ago It s a perfect book I realize I can be overly approbative when it comes to literature I can lay on the praise in thick, greasy layers, immediately pronouncing the writer a genius who fell from the heavens But shit, it s prose, this stuff is hard Really hard Ten times difficult and creative than acting if you ask me Only painting comes close And I still think writing prose is complex Okay, so what does this have to do with James Brown s searing autobiography about his troubled family, substance abuse and life as a struggling writer in Los Angeles Simple The guy s brilliant His sentences are tight, compact, filled with emotion and verve The narration moves at a breakneck speed The story itself Amazing Except it s not a story, it s his life, and it s one of the saddest existences I ve ever read about Even incredible is that he s alive to tell it A struggling writer from a seriously fucked up family comes of age in a sprawling Los Angeles landscape His brother, an actor who actually makes it for awhile, succumbs to alcoholism and suicide His sister, an aspiring actress, follows the same road And here s James doing his best to get his novels optioned into scripts, constantly being tol...

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    Sentence one of every review of this book must include the phrase, No, not that James Brown, lol So that s why I led with that it s not like I had a choice.Now, paragraph two of my review must include mention of the fact that The Los Angeles Diaries is, to date, the only book my library system has added to their collection because I requested that they do so I m crossing my fingers that they ll also add Brown s companion memoir, This River , from 2010 TLAD is a life spanning series of autobiographical essays, bouncing around in time and theme but adding up to a compelling, coherent whole that s still only 224 pages long It is highly readable and highly lovable Brown s language is poetic but not overtly academic, unflinching but not maudlin, hilarious and still 100% serious.The book opens on two of my favorite chapters The first has the adult Brown, with three published novels under his belt, getting his heart broken again and again by Hollywood, which keeps optioning and adapting his books into screenplays but never actually shoots them In the second chapter...

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    The Los Angeles DiariesBy James BrownReview by Brooke EppertThe Los Angeles Diaries by James Brown is a fascinating story about his struggle with drug and alcohol addiction and what kind of events occurred throughout his life that changed who he was My favorite thing about this book is that it is very eye opening to some of the things that happens that I will probably never experience in my life, such as watching as my mother is put into jail The book was very straightforward with topics and James Brown writes his life story in a miraculous way that makes the reader feel the pain, disappointment or happiness he describes This book also teaches many life lessons, such as to never give up on something and to always think before you act Another life lesson taught was that it is never too late to change your self and be a better person, which is what I think James Brown wanted the readers to know the most I enjoyed reading this book, mainly because there are some topics that I cannot relate to, so it was almost a learning experience for me One of the topics that I could relate to that James Brown described in his book was breaking promises to people or having someone break a promise to you Another topic I could relate to was personal failure James Brown describes personal failure when many of his novels ...

  8. says:

    James Brown, the author of several novels including Final Performance and Lucky Town, has mined his dysfunctional childhood many times for material And he s had plenty to choose from, including an arsonist mother who bankrupted the family, the alcoholism and drug addiction and subsequent suicides of his brother and his sister, and his own battles with alcohol and drugs and failed marriage This book is less a chronology of his life than a series of vignettes from his childhood, strung together with scenes from his adult years So much pain, so much tragedy it makes the reader wonder how he was able to redeem himself and recover While Brown writes clearly and clear eyed, it s from a distance He relates the stories of his life with a detachment that leaves the reader unaffected by even some of the most horrific events And when he finally comes to the point where he must choose between life and death, it s almost anticlimactic there s no sense of the torment that must have gripped him P...

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    This is a beautiful book and I read it start to finish on the plane from Burbank to New Orleans You know a book is good when you have to hide your face in a sweatshirt on a plane to avoid the shame of tears The prose is simple, honest and true It s the most effective first person memoir I ve read in a long time Brown s sentences sting without trying too hard, like Everything, I tell myself, is under control The beginning sucked me in right away and held me there The fires that burn LA every summer The Santa Anna ash blowing Then this crazy woman, Jim Brown s mother, lights a building on fire for no apparent reason I wo...

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    I had ordered this book from my library because I had won the follow up to this book, This River A Memoir on First Reads and wanted to have a good understanding of the author s life I had anticipated simply reading this book, as a former addictions counselor, from a bibliotherapy perspective and not putting much thought into it What ended up coming out of this is that I have thoroughly enjoyed the book and read a little less than half of it in one day because the author ha...

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