Eric Poole has spent most of his adult life writing commercials for everything from McRibs to tampons to
TV shows about celebrities boxing—for which he has won lots of mantle metal from the advertising
community and virtually no acclaim from anyone else. He lives in Southern California with his partner of
16 years. This is his second memoir.
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In the great tradition of David Sedaris, David Rakoff, and Augusten Burroughs, memoirist Eric Poole
recounts his quirky childhood years in utterly hilarious and painful detail.
In 1977, Eric Poole is a talented high school trumpet player with one working ear, the height-to- weight
ratio of a hat rack, a series of annoyingly handsome bullies, and a mother irrationally devoted to Lemon
Pledge. But who he wants to be is a star…ANY star. With equal parts imagination, flair, and delusion, Eric
proceeds to emulate a series of his favorite celebrities, like Barry Manilow, Halston, Tommy Tune, and
Shirley MacLaine, in an effort to become the man he’s meant to be—that is, anyone but himself.
As he moves through his late teens and early twenties in suburban St. Louis, he casts about for an
appropriate outlet for his talents. Will he be a trumpet soloist? A triple-threat actor/singer/dancer? A
fashion designer in gritty New York City?
Striving to become the son who can finally make his parents proud, Eric begins to suspect that
discovering his personal and creative identities can only be accomplished by admitting who he really is.
Picking up at the end of his first acclaimed memoir, Where’s My Wand?, Poole’s journey from self-
delusion to acceptance is simultaneously hysterical, heartfelt, and inspiring.
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