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A Common Pornography: A Memoir

Authors: Sampsell, Kevin
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
BISAC/Subject: BIO026000, SEL031000, POL040000
ISBN: 9780061966118, Related ISBNs: 0061966118, 9780061766107, 9780061966118
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 256,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis:

“For beauty, honesty, sheer weirdness, and a haunting evocation of place, Kevin Sampsell is my favorite Oregon writer. Ken Kesey, Chuck Palahniuk—make some room on the shelf.”—Sean Wilsey, author of Oh the Glory of it All

Kevin Sampsell’s A Common Pornography is a memoir, told in vignettes, that captures the history of one dysfunctional American family. An extension of a 2003 “memory experiment” of the same name, A Common Pornography weaves recollections of small-town youth with darker threads from his family’s story, including incest, madness, betrayal, and death. A regular contributor to Dave Egger’s The Believer and McSweeney’s, Sampsell has written “the kind of book where you want to thank the author for helping you feel less alone with being alive” (Jonathan Ames, author of Wake Up, Sir! and The Double Life is Twice as Good).

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