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Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir
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"A blisteringly funny, wrenching account of wrestling way too close to—and later loose from—booze, sex and drugs and his adorable, infuriating mother. Bravo!" —Mary Karr, New York Times bestselling author of The Liars' Club

"Whoever said you can't get sober for someone else never met my mother, Mama Jean. When I came to in a Manhattan emergency room after an overdose to the news that she was on her way from Texas, I panicked. She was the last person I wanted to see on that dark September morning, but the person I needed the most."

So begins this astonishing memoir—by turns both darkly comic and deeply poignant—about this native Texan's long struggle with alcohol, his complicated relationship with Mama Jean, and his sexuality. From the age of five all Brickhouse wanted was to be at a party with a drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other and all Mama Jean wanted was to keep him at that age, her Jamie doll forever. A Texan Elizabeth Taylor with the split personality of Auntie Mame and Mama Rose, always camera-ready and flamboyantly outspoken, Mama Jean haunted him his whole life, no matter how far away he went or how deep in booze he swam.

Brickhouse's journey takes him from Texas to a high-profile career in book publishing amid New York's glamorous drinking life to his near-fatal descent into alcoholism. After Mama Jean ushers him into rehab and he ultimately begins to dig out of the hole he'd found himself in, he almost misses his chance to prove that he loves her as much as she loves him. Bitingly funny, raw, and insightful, Dangerous When Wet is the unforgettable story of a unique relationship between a son and his mother.
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      • bioText: Jamie Brickhouse has been published in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, Salon, Out, Lambda Literary Review, Publishers Weekly, Poz, Shelf Awareness, TheFix.com, Addiction/Recovery eBulletin, and the Latin American travel magazine, Travesía. He is also a guest blogger for the Huffington Post. Brickhouse spent over two decades in the publishing industry, most recently at two major houses as head of their publicity and lecture divisions. He is founder and CEO of redBrick Agency, a lecture bureau for authors. Dangerous When Wet is his first book and was named an Amazon Best Book of May 2015 and is "Required Reading" in Mary Karr's bestselling The Art of Memoir. Brickhouse is a Moth StorySLAM winner, has performed stand-up comedy and recorded voice-overs for the legendary cartoon TV show, Beavis and Butthead. A native of Beaumont, Texas, he is a graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and the Radcliffe Publishing Course (now the Columbia Publishing Course). He spent his junior of college at Goldsmiths College, University of London. A native of Beaumont, Texas, Brickhouse lives in Manhattan with his common-law husband, Michael. He is at work on his next book, I Favor My Daddy, a memoir about his father Earl.
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"A blisteringly funny, wrenching account of wrestling way too close to—and later loose from—booze, sex and drugs and his adorable, infuriating mother. Bravo!" —Mary Karr, New York Times bestselling author of The Liars' Club

"Whoever said you can't get sober for someone else never met my mother, Mama Jean. When I came to in a Manhattan emergency room after an overdose to the news that she was on her way from Texas, I panicked. She was the last person I wanted to see on that dark September morning, but the person I needed the most."

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      • premium: False
      • source: George Hodgman, New York Times bestselling author of Bettyville
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        "Jamie Brickhouse's Mama Jean must take her place in the hall of fame where infuriating and unforgettable American mothers wreak havoc, break hearts, but finally instill survival. Surely there is a pedestal available far from Harriet Nelson and Mrs. Brady, close to the rowdy regions where Mary Tyrone lifts a cocktail and Joan Crawford waves a hanger. I loved this book. It made me laugh more than anything in years. Jamie is an original, entertaining voice and a totally wonderful talent."

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      • source: Entertainment Weekly
      • content: "Glamorously tragic and howlingly funny in equal measure."
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      • source: The Washington Post
      • content: "There's never a shortage of drama -- or humor -- as Brickhouse chronicles his early years running behind his mother's (high) heels, his wild days in Manhattan and his struggle with addiction."
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      • source: Entertainment Weekly, A-
      • content: "A chronicle of [Brickhouse's] often tumultuous but deeply loving relationship with his mother that's as multifaceted as Mama Jean herself."
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      • source: Vanity Fair
      • content: "Jamie Brickhouse plunges into his dark days of boozing in Dangerous When Wet."
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      • source: Wally Lamb, New York Times bestselling author of We Are Water
      • content: "A poignant, hilarious, and sharply observed story of a gay man's exchange of self-destruction and self-loathing for wisdom and a mature understanding of love. Move over, Augusten Burroughs. You've got company."
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        February 15, 2015
        A former New York publishing executive's darkly humorous memoir about the difficult relationship he had with his mother and the alcoholism that came to define his life.Even as a child, Texas native Brickhouse knew that all he wanted was "to be at a cocktail party with a drink in one hand [and] a cigarette in the other." He also knew that he wanted as much of his larger-than-life mother Mama Jean's attention as he could get. By the time the author was a teenager, Mama Jean had introduced him to both champagne cocktails and a dazzling New York world she encouraged him to make his own. She also forced him into the role of her "happy little prince," the little boy who could never express his true feelings. In the meantime, Brickhouse indulged liberally-and at times dangerously-with gay sex and alcohol, while Mama Jean showered him with expensive trips, clothes and a private college education. But her generosity had a price: Anything he did that his mother didn't like "meant that [he] didn't love her." Brickhouse moved to New York to live out the dream to which Mama Jean had helped him give birth. Yet for all his outward signs of success in the publishing industry, in private, the author drank heavily, experimented with drugs, routinely cheated on his long-suffering partner and eventually contracted HIV. Only after a less-than-glamorous film noir-inspired suicide attempt, a stint in rehabilitation-funded by Mama Jean-and his mother's dramatic decline and death did an older, wiser and newly sober Brickhouse realize the truth. Not only would Mama Jean always be "a bigger star to [him] than Joan Crawford or Elizabeth Taylor," but Brickhouse would never be able to outrun his attachment to her because it "was love in its purest form." Unabashedly campy but always candid.

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        March 15, 2015
        Brickhouse always knew he was gay and knew he was still Mama Jean's beloved boy. When in college, he came out to his parents. They accepted him but, as always, with Mama Jean's tough warnings delivered, as always, with her God damn emphasis. With humor, wryness, and an openness that sometimes threatens to overwhelm, Brickhouse details his romantic peccadilloes and rowdy life, a life made rowdier by alcohol. Working as a publishing executive in NYC and living with a man he loves, he winds up drinking more often and, more often than not, waking up in someone else's bed and taking a sick day at work. After a suicide attempt and a stint in rehab, he struggles to stay sober, but he is still under the loving thumb of Mama Jean, until she is overtaken by dementia. There's the story, but it's hard to do justice to Brickhouse's dance-, song-, and celebrity-filled prose, escapades, good-natured storytelling, and unflagging hope. A funny, sad, and fine first book by a contributor to the New York Times and the Huffington Post, among others.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2015, American Library Association.)

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"Whoever said you can't get sober for someone else never met my mother, Mama Jean. When I came to in a Manhattan emergency room after an overdose to the news that she was on her way from Texas, I panicked. She was the last person I wanted to see on that dark September morning, but the person I needed the most."

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