I Am Not Myself These Days

I Am Not Myself These Days

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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 Acquadisiac 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 glittering and highly dramatic 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 ultimately deeply moving tour de force by a remarkable new talent.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129 x 196 x 21mm | 218g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552154660
  • 9780552154666
  • 606,242

Review quote

"Absolutely hilarious and heartbreaking and heartfelt" "'Sex, drugs, money, men dressed as women, women trying to care for them, real jobs and pretend jobs, make-up and glitter and high heels and fake tits and goldfish, true love, doomed love, crazy stupid destructive love, big expensive apartments, dirty trash strewn alleys, heartbreak and loneliness, disco balls and dance clubs, pain pain pain and beautiful New York City, I Am Not Myself These Days is 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 " "'I AM NOT MYSELF THESE DAYS is a glittering, bittersweet vision of an outsider who turned himself into the life and soul of the party. Kilmer-Purcell's cast is part freak-show, part soap opera, but his prose is graced with such insight and wit that the laughter is revelatory, and the tears - and there are tears to be shed along this extraordinary journey - are shed for people in whom everybody will find something of themselves. In a word, wonderful.' Clive Barker" "'Bright Lights, Big City in high hair and falsies'" -- Liz Smith "Jaw-dropping" Entertainment Weeklyshow more

About Josh Kilmer-Purcell

After retiring from drag in 2000, Josh Kilmer-Purcell refocused on his advertising career, winning numerous awards, and is now a partner in a creative advertising agency in lower Manhattan. He lives on New York's Upper East Side with his partner of five years.show more

Review Text

"Absolutely hilarious and heartbreaking and heartfelt"show more

Back cover copy

'Jaw-dropping' Entertainment Weekly 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' Booklist 'Bright Lights, Big City in high hair and falsies' Liz Smith '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 Piecesshow more

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