Saturday, March 5, 2022

Winter Reading 2022 How Do I Un-Remember This? Unfortunately True Stories


I must admit, I had not heard of Danny Pellegrino before seeing this book. But I spent a lot of time laughing over his stories. Danny tells about instances from his childhood up to the present day and manages to find the humor in even the most embarrassing things that have happened. There was the time the high school cheer team made up a spontaneous chant to tease him after his mother called for him on the loudspeaker (as if your mother calling for you by public broadcast wasn't humiliating enough). Or the time he tweeted about another member of a friend's wedding party and was then chastised by the woman's boyfriend for commenting on her behavior. 

Danny shares stories of growing up in small-town Ohio as a closeted gay kid struggling to understand his own identity and also of his early adult years trying to succeed on his own in California. The tales are spiced with references to Kelly Clarkson, Brandy, and iconic movie scenes. Everything from the time his father bought a car that would not fit in the family garage, to a weekend with a friend in Las Vegas, and even episodes of dealing with depression are threaded together with the same warmth and humor for even the dark days. 

For those like me who aren't familiar with Danny's work, he is the creator and host of Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino, a comedic pop culture podcast. If you were already a fan, then you will enjoy the book since it takes his love of pop culture and mixes it with his own life stories. The book goes on sale March 8, 2022. I read an advance copy provided by the publisher for review purposes.

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