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Wilsey, Sean. OH THE GLORY OF IT ALL. New York City, NY: The Penguin Press, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 482 pages. As New/As New.

The author's breakthrough debut memoir. One of the most important literary events of the year 2005. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published to enormous critical acclaim, it caused a sensation with its candid and absorbing account of a thoroughly dysfunctional childhood lived at the top of San Francisco's elite. Wilsey's hilarious account of how he survived his childhood makes him the central character of his worldly-wise memoir. But its most interesting characters are his parents: His mother had appeared in Armistead Maupin's "Tales of the City" as a thinly veiled character. We see her whole here, warts and all, through the eyes of her immensely talented writer/son. A fascinating and beautifully written memoir, the book contains the most evil parent since Joan "Mommie Dearest" Crawford. Dede banned afternoon TV, monitored Wilsey's phone calls, played endless mind games, told Wilsey what to wear, and gave indispensable advice like, "You should wash your hands first before you use the urinal. Not after. Your penis isn't dirty. But your hands are". She is a larger-than-life drama queen who slept with Frank Sinatra, held salons, hosted a talk show, asked Wilsey to commit suicide with her (after his father finally left her for her best friend), and became a globe-trotting peace activist in order to win the Nobel Peace Prize: "Someone has to win it, Sean. Why not me?". The father, a dairy-business mega-millionaire, helicopter pilot, and playboy paid very little taxes on the millions he made and completes the most compelling cast of characters anyone is likely to encounter in a long time, all drawn from real life rather than fictional. "The writing is vivid, detailed, deep, and filled with fresh metaphors. So if my son does end up lambasting me in his memoir, I hope he does it with as much style as Wilsey" (GQ Magazine). "I couldn't stop reading the damn thing" (Armistead Maupin). Neither will the reader. Sean Wilsey is the Editor-at-Large of McSweeney's Quarterly. A "must-have" title for Sean Wilsey collectors. This copy is prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Sean Wilsey. This is one of few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. One of the most talented living American writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER DAVE EGGERS AND MCSWEENEY'S TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1594200513. $70.00

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