People Are Unappealing

People Are Unappealing

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Random House, Inc.
Born the child of a homo and a hypochondriac (Okay, okay. Her dad’s not really a homosexual. He just acts like it. Her mom, however, really is a hypochondriac), Sara Barron never stood a chance of being normal. At age eleven, she starts writing porn (“He humped me wildly with his wiener”). At twelve, she gets mistaken for a trannie. The pre-op sort, no less. By seventeen, she's featured on the Jerry Springer Show. And that’s all before she hits New York.

People Are Unappealing tells the strange, funny, and sometimes filthy stories of Sara Barron’s twisted suburban upbringing and deranged attempt at taking the Big Apple by storm–first as an actor (then a waiter), then a dancer (then a waiter), then a comic (then a waiter). It’s there that she meets the ex-boyfriend turned street clown. The silk pajama-clad poet. The OCD Xanax addict who refuses to have sex wearing any fewer than three condoms.

Barron has a knack for attracting the unattractive. People Are Unappealing is her wickedly funny look at the dark side of humanity.

Baker & Taylor
The up-and-coming writer and performer shares the funny bits of her life story, laying bare the occasionally raunchy, often mortifying details of her past, including an early attempt at writing cheesy porn, experiencing humiliating audition debacles, and encountering celebrities who just get confused when they hear the word "no." Original.

Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, [2009]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780307382450
0307382451
Branch Call Number: 792.7028 BARRO BARRO

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info_crush
Mar 14, 2015

Sara's description of childhood humiliation, service industry woes, online dating mishaps, and painful celebrity encounters made me laugh out loud while reading (nevermind while reading passages aloud to a friend). This is a light read, but it's one that I found rewarding and stayed up late to race through. I'd suggest it for people who like Lena Dunham's Girls. Conversely, those who find Girls too self-indulgent and precious will probably feel the same way about this book. Sure, it may aim to provoke and certainly is suspicious of hyperbole at times, but a light escape was just what I needed this weekend.

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gentle_ion
Aug 08, 2012

I completely agree with the previous comments. This book was a BIG disappointment! Starts off wonderfully....smart and sarcastic...then lowers the bar. I'm not sure who her audience is...I'm not sue she knows who her audience is. I was expecting sooooo much after this book appeared on many Amazon 'humour' lists. Even the titillating parts were tiresome! Give this book a miss.....

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roblyn
Dec 07, 2009

Dissapointing. An attempt to titillate or shock the reader or appeal to adolescents.

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