Dangerous When Wet: A Memoir of Booze, Sex, and My Mother

By Jamie Brickhouse

"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 and his sexuality, which is listed as Required Reading in Mary Karr s bestselling "The Art of Memoir" and was a Book Chase Top 10 Nonfiction Book of 2015.

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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"Jamie Brickhouse has written a blisteringly funny, wrenching account of wrestling way too close to--and later loose from--booze, sex and drugs and his adorable, infuriating mother. Believe me: the gator wranglers from his Texas backwater hometown have it way easier. It's packed with many fine threads in a rich tapestry. Bravo--the first of many from Brickhouse." --Mary Karr, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Liars' Club""""As a blackout drinker and a 'serial fornicator, ' Jamie Brickhouse was guided by two interrogative mantras: 'Sure. Why not?' and, courtesy of singer Peggy Lee, 'Is that all there is?' But "Dangerous When Wet" is far more than a witty chronicle of gin-soaked debauchery. It is, more importantly, 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." --Wally Lamb, "New York Times" bestselling author of "We Are Water""Everyone's got a mother, but Jamie Brickhouse was lucky enough to have a Mama Jean, a boisterous, loving and bouffant Texas tornado. In "Dangerous When Wet," Jamie's delicious and touching memoir, we find out precisely how Jamie became the sort of guy to purchase, at auction, 'a six-and-a-half-foot long, chestnut brown, ranch mink scarf, ' which had once belonged to Joan Crawford. Under Mama Jean's tutelage, Jamie also came to appreciate the joys, and dangers, of a champagne cocktail. In exploring family uproar, the Holly Golightly allure of Manhattan, and the free fall of alcoholism, Jamie creates a literary cocktail all his own: witty, blisteringly honest and wickedly intoxicating." --Paul Rudnick, playwright, author, and "New Yorker "humorist""

""Dangerous When Wet" is anchored by a character destined to become iconic: Mama Jean. The outrageously bold and bawdy Mama Jean teaches more about life in a single one-liner than a shelf full of self-help books. Brickhouse's memoir is as revealing as it is riotous . . . a dark journey studded with gems of hilarity." --Josh Kilmer-Purcell, co-star of "The Fabulous Beekman Boys," and author of "I Am Not Myself These Days ""Jamie Brickhouse has seen the darkness, and emerged a happier, stronger person. His book is sensitive and thoughtful, tinged with hilarity and heartbreak, and as bubbly as a champagne flute of Asti Spumante. Drink it." --Henry Alford, Humorist, author of "Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That?," and columnist for "The ""New York Times"""Dangerous When Wet" is one wild-ass ride filled with lurid sex, drunken treks, late night phone calls to the rich and famous, and secret upon secret that no one has any business revealing. Jamie Brickhouse serves up a riotous, rollicking memoir that, ultimately, is as sweet as it is outrageous." --Neil White, author of "In the Sanctuary of Outcasts ""Jamie Brickhouse's flame-red hair may have faded, but his no-holds-barred account of his fairy-tale life gone bad sets the pages of "Dangerous When Wet "on fire. Taking the reader on an alcohol, drug, and sex-fueled roller-coaster ride through the 1990s and early twenty-first-century New York City, Jamie spares us - and himself - nothing. Yet despite how much we might want to shake him into consciousness over the wreckage he leaves along the way, when he finally hits bottom after a suicide attempt, we wind up cheering him on as he struggles to find himself, sobriety, and redemption." --Eric Marcus, author of "Why Suicide?"




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Publisher St. Martin's Griffin
Publish date 05/24/2016
Pages 288
ISBN-13 9781250080363
ISBN-10 1250080363
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