Beginning this week, and continuing every week until the Oregon Book Awards ceremony, Paper Fort will be featuring all of the 2013 Oregon Book Awards finalists in separate postings. The 2013 Oregon Book Awards, hosted by Elissa Schappell, take place Monday, April 8th at the Gerding Theater at Portland Center Stage. Tickets are available at Brown Paper tickets.
You can cast your vote for the 2013 Readers’ Choice Award online at oregonlive.com/books. The winner will be announced at the Oregon Book Awards ceremony.
We begin this week with Storm Large:
“Storm Large has written a bodacious book, buy it, now!” —Gus Van Sant
“Like some twisted love child of Mae West and Keith Richards, Storm Large is a force of nature. Her ballsy, heartbreaking, hysterical tour de force of a memoir is not to be missed. Crazy Enough is vulgar and fragile, tragic and empowering, and like Storm, it is always entertaining.” —Chelsea Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Heartsick and The Night Season
“With cleverness and honesty, she transforms a story that in most hands would be maudlin into yet another funny, passionate, and irreverently jarring adventure.”–Portland Monthly
“Best recognized as a contender on Rock Star: Supernova, Large has the heart of a true exhibitionist…this project marks her first literary foray, and her memoir pulls no punches. A no-holds-barred coming-of-age story replete with mental illness, drugs and sex.” –Kirkus Reviews
“We’re in complete awe of the blunt, surprisingly memoir…told in honest, poignant prose… [Large shows] all of us how to let go—not without fear and doubt, but with it.” —O magazine
“Storm Large performs with world-class symphonies and hard core rock bands…and she’s written a book worthy of both audiences. If good writing is about taking chances and pushing readers to the edge, then this is a chart buster…as she takes us on a wild and sometimes painful ride into her world of crazy.” —Larry Colton, author of Goat Brothers, Counting Coup and No Ordinary Joes
“A memoir that reads like an in-your-face mashup of Augusten Burroughs and Chelsea Handler, combining raw humor and an understandable bitterness with more than than a few oversexed anecdotes. Though not for the faint of heart, Crazy Enough proves to be a readable account of one woman’s descent into madness–and back out again.” —Shelf Awareness
“Frank, funny, and caustically un-self-pitying” —Publisher’s Weekly
“It’s too bad that readers can’t have her actually in their lives and feel the true force of Storm, but her book is so true to who she is that it is still a powerful, funny, and outrageous experience. Plus, you won’t have to deal with all of those strange sounds and dirty sheets.” —Dan Stern, actor, director, writer