Lost in the Stacks: Acne, a memoir

We’ve all been there, haven’t we? That teenage rite of passage of staring sadly in the mirror as we pick, push, and pop those buttons into submission. But for comedian Laura Chinn, acne was not just a few years of teenage misery, but a decades-long struggle with a serious skin condition that was always, always on her mind. Parents divorce? I wish my skin was clearer! Brother diagnosed with a brain tumor? Why can’t my skin be as clear as his? As Chinn poignantly writes, “among all the other tragedies of my childhood acne was the loudest and most obnoxious.

Acne: a memoir It’s about growing up with a psychologically damaging skin condition and all the different methods Chinn tried to cure it, from suicidal ideation inducing Accutane to a Scientology health regimen called Purif. But that’s not the whole story. What’s a memoir without suitably goofy parents to lend a little disbelief? Or some teenage hijinks? Or heartfelt scenes of love and forgiveness?

From his loving, misguided mother who gave him cigarettes on his 12th birthday to his teenage daughter who tried her hand at jello wrestling. Chinn shares her story with humor, vulnerability and compassion for her young self who would have given anything for clear skin.

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Julie Nelson

Constant reader, book picker, shameless promoter of good reads – these are just a few of the things I do as a collection development professional. I love sharing the hidden gems of our non-fiction collection!

Posted in Books, Movies & Music and tagged acne, book recommendation, book recommendations, coming of age, before, Lost in the Stacks, memoir, new nonfiction, new nonfiction, nonfiction, nonfiction, choice Staff.

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