Queen of the Oddballs

Queen of the Oddballs : And Other True Stories from a Life Unaccording to Plan

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A hilariously offbeat memoir about an adventurous young woman's escapades as she defies conventions and transforms an ordinary Los Angeles life into a star-studded, extraordinary miracle of self-discovery.

Queen of the Oddballs forms a chronology of Hillary Carlip's habitual straying from roads more traveled -- from a wisecracking third-grader suspended from school for smoking (while imitating Holly Golightly) to a headline-making teen activist, juggler and fire eater, friend (NOT "fan") of Carly Simon and Carole King, grand prize-winning Gong Show contestant, cult rock star, and seeker of spiritual and romantic truths that definitely defy expectations.

Illustrated with ephemera -- from diary entries and photographs to a handwritten letter from Carly Simon -- Queen of the Oddballs presents a virtual time capsule of pop culture's last four decades and celebrates a creative life lived to the hilt.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 273 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 20.32mm | 272.15g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060878835
  • 9780060878832
  • 2,165,695

Review quote

Hillary Carlip is the best kind of eccentric: Genuine, ballsy, funny and soulful. ... She deserves to be our queen. --Beth Lisick, Author of Everybody into the Pool"
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Review Text

"[Ms. Carlip's] curriculum vitae reads like a Cliffs Notes version of American popular culture..." New York Times
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1,081 ratings
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2 9% (98)
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