My Heart Is an Idiot: Essays

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Davy Rothbart is looking for love in all the wrong places.

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Constantly. He falls helplessly in love with pretty much every girl he meets—and rarely is the feeling reciprocated. Time after time, he hops in a car and tears across half of America with his heart on his sleeve. He’s continually coming up with outrageous schemes, which he always manages to pull off. Well, almost always. But even when things don’t work out, Rothbart finds meaning and humor in every moment. Whether it’s humiliating a scammer who takes money from aspiring writers or playing harmless (but side-splitting) goofs on his deaf mother, nothing and no one is off-limits.

But as much as Rothbart is a tragically lovable, irresistibly brokenhearted hero, it’s his prose that’s the star of the book. In the tradition of David Sedaris and Sloane Crosley but going places very much his own, his essays show how things that are seemingly so wrong can be so, so right.

“Davy writes with his whole heart. These stories are crushing.” —Arthur Miller

“It's always exciting to discover a talented new writer. Davy writes with such energy, wit, and heart.” —Judy Blume

"Davy's my kind of storyteller -- honest, hilarious, deeply-feeling, and slightly cracked. This is the fresh voice we've been looking for." -Jim Carroll

"Welcome to the newly remodeled Heartbreak Hotel, where Davy Rothbart is the concierge. He'll also unpack your underwear, restock the minibar, and perform standup comedy in the lounge." -Tom Robbins

"One of my favorite writers!" -David Sedaris

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Author Davy Rothbart
Publisher Picador Books
Page Count 320pp
Publication Size 5.5 x 8.25 x 1
Publication Notes paperback
Publication Date September 3, 2013
ISBN 978-1250037725

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