You Are Here: A Memoir of Arrival

You Are Here A Memoir of Arrival A wonderfully original tale of the disintegration and mutation of an apparently ordinary American family Alison Lurie

  • Title: You Are Here: A Memoir of Arrival
  • Author: Wesley Gibson
  • ISBN: 9780316740845
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Paperback
  • A wonderfully original tale of the disintegration and mutation of an apparently ordinary American family Alison Lurie.

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    1. Gibson's 2004 memoir is both funny and harrowing, explaining well the love/hate appeal of New York City to those who move there. His "arrival" is both literal and symbolic--as a writer, a gay man, an outsider. Gibson is an outstanding writer; he finds telling details in everyday urban living that most people wouldn't catch. That's the perspective advantage of an outsider that makes for funny, compelling reading even when the circumstances he's dealing with (juggling telemarketing and teaching jo [...]

    2. I devoured this book in a few hours in one day.On the back of the book, the blurb by Allison Lurie promises "You Are Here will make you laugh out loud again and again," and Lurie was right!I laughed out loud a lot, even though the subject matter of the book (dying roommate, dead friends, impending homelessness) was often sobering and downright grim. I appreciate an author who can make me laugh through the tragedy of life.There's a lot I appreciate about Wesley Gibson. I appreciate his working-cl [...]

    3. 'Hilarious', 'a riot', 'laugh out loud funny' such are the book jacket descriptions of what I found to be only mildly amusing and vaguely depressing. The story of the author's first few months as a struggling writer in NY, watching his new roommate expire from AIDS-related cancer is NOT exactly what I'd call a laugh riot Still, the man CAN write; several of his metaphors and sentences shine with unexpected delight, and the stories of his first Broadway show (Richard Gere naked in 'Bent'!) and t [...]

    4. I read this book shortly after moving to Paris, after having lived in NYC for roughly ten years. It both made me nostalgic for the city (I still think of NYC as "the city") and made me glad to be, well, in another city. It really gets at the combativeness and unreasonableness of NYC, and the ways in which it can kind of force people together. I was going to say that it's like David Sedaris if David Sedaris were about 10 times funnier, but actually it's not like David Sedaris at all, except insof [...]

    5. I can't remember why or how I got this book, but if it was in a book swap, it'll be going back shortly. You Are Here wasn't awful, but it wasn't good either, I read it just to get through it, and didn't take too much away. There isn't much that's memorable. Gibson is an okay writer, but a bad storyteller. There seems to be an ongoing issue with writers thinking that their writing/life stories are worthy of memoirs, when in all actuality, they're really not. Even if someone's life is mundane, goo [...]

    6. This was an interesting little book. I picked it up at a library book sale a while back and though it was be a nice, fairly short read. It was different than the books I usually read but I found it pretty enjoyable. No chapters. Just one long thought process about a time in this guy's life. I'd recommend it for people who enjoy a good awkward situational comedy, and who can empathize with the gay community and their struggle with AIDS.

    7. It took me a long time to read this book due to it's unappealing beginning, but after finding out that John is sick, it got better. I thought this book would've been better without the writer's seemingly selfish attitude but he points out that he indeed had selfish thoughts so it made it a bit bearable. The book made me laugh out loud at some of his witty remarks and weirdly-fashioned metaphors which I found highly-entertaining.

    8. Not just another gay satirical writer Wesley Gibson captures a time in his life that touches upon many themes: AIDS, gay life, living in New York, being a struggling writer, having roommates, family connections, crappy jobs that get us by, and so onHis writing races from one analogy to the next, and he finds new ways to describe human experiences.

    9. This was a random case of the cover looking interesting enough and the font being aesthetically appealing enough to pick up at a country fair used book sale, and who knew, i actually really liked it. Well, the rating says 'liked it', but I really liked it, I just figure I can only give so many 4-star ratings.

    10. I can't even summon the will to write a real review on this one. I did not like it. Gay man moves from Virginia to NYC. He lives with roommates. He's a hypochondriac. He does not write in chapters. There were two parts where I actually laughed out loud (the fat man stuck on the toilet and his discussion with his Aquarian roommate). But otherwise it blew.

    11. I picked this up in a thrift shop for a quarter and was really pleasantly suprised at how great it was. Funny, sad, sarcastic, and relatable. This book had it all, well except for high speed chases, but folks don't drive that much in NY.

    12. This book started out great, but quickly lost steam for me What started out as humorous became mundane after scenario after scenario was repeated.

    13. A memoir of a shattering time moving back to New York city made absurdly humorous - tragicomedy for hypocondriachs everywhere. Made the gay top ten bestseller list.

    14. I think this book never got the acclaim it deserves. It's poignant and heartfelt, a memoir of arrival as it says, but more about the journey to find oneself.

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