Item description for Tramps Like Us: A Surburban Confession by Kristen Buckley...
New Jersey native Kristen Buckleytravels through a series of catastrophic detours she calls childhood---one that was anything but normal. Set adrift after her parents divorce, Buckley embarks upon an emotional odyssey through the eerie underworld of northern New Jersey, where perverted gym teachers are as big a threat as the local mobsters, and timbale-playing orangutans wield the power to shape the future. Among the colorful cast of chracaters vividly portrayed are her brilliantlly wry mother; two deaf, adopted siblings from Korea; two Jewish stepsisters; and one pot-smoking runaway. After a childhood spent searching for a place to call home, she ultimately finds it andemerges as a truly unforgettable heroine.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.6" Width: 5.3" Height: 1.4" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Apr 24, 2007
Publisher Cyan Communications
ISBN 1905736231 ISBN13 9781905736232
Reviews - What do customers think about Tramps Like Us: A Surburban Confession?
Kristen Buckley's Lemonade Of Life ... Aug 2, 2007
We all know the saying, "When life serves you lemons, make lemonade!" And that is what Kristen Buckley does. I laughed from Page 1 through the end of Tramps Like Us. In my own dysfunctional family (in another state), I had 4 brothers with the same style of wit and humor. Laughing at life become part of the home fabric. Many kudos to Kristen Buckley for her ability to bring these very real, quirky and fun families to others!
save your money Jun 28, 2007
i was really disappointed with this book. i thought between the outstanding reviews on this page and being a bergen county girl myself that i would get a kick out of this book. however, i felt it really dragged and wasnt all that interesting. i also felt the ending was abrupt. i definitely forced myself to finish it just hoping it would get better but it never did.
Putting the "New" in New Jesey, Original and Very Funny Jun 5, 2007
The childhood memoir done with more smarts, warmth, and decidedly more laughs than usual. On more than one occasion, I literally had to put the down down until my laughter subsided a bit. The most strange and wonderful paradox about Buckley's world is that it seems at once both completely familiar and completely original. It is her skill at storytelling and her fantastic knack for details that win the day. Very funny and smart, smart, smart!
I LOVED this book. May 30, 2007
This book is hysterical. Buckley deftly mines her family's stories to great comic effect, while still presenting a warm and affection portrait that always rings true. Everyone is quick to jump on the "dysfunctional family" bandwagon. Finally someone can make us laugh about it! There are parts of this book that are so funny that you'll just have to share with someone. I've been reading whole sections of the book out loud to the assistants in our office and they cannot get enough of it... Funny, funny read and perfect for anyone who was a kid in the 70s or 80s...
I keep laughing even after I finished the book! May 25, 2007
I blazed through this hilarious book faster that anything I've read in ages! And then, as I began the final chapter I realized my remorse at gobbling up the book -- I hated the idea of finishing it! Buckley's heartfelt, wry and oh-so-wise observations and recollections about her wacky family and their beyond colorful Jersey world repeatedly, successfully took me right back to my own 80's teen life...from the Stouffer's Frozen French Bread Pizza mention to her passion for meeting Sting and The Police, I found myself completely charmed and absorbed. I've told all my high school friends this is a can't miss...right down to the special Index of terms and book lists, which is one of the coolest aspects of the book. What a fun read! Perfect for the beach this summer.