Yokohama Threeway and Other Small Shames

Let’s explore personal shame, regret, and humiliation.

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Peering into life’s cringe-worthy moments, best-selling author Beth Lisick excavates territory that most would rather ignore. Funny, odd, deeply personal, yet somehow universal, these are the kind of memories that haunt us all, the small, awful moments of shame and humiliation that we’d rather forget than relive.

Beth Lisick has made a career of opening her life to her readers in all of its messy, smart hilarity, but this type of story doesn’t usually find its way into a memoir. With her trademark humor and sly intelligence, writing in short flashes the way these episodes tend to pop up in memory, Lisick recounts her most embarrassing moments with gusto. From a trick she played on a neighbor thirty years ago to what she accidentally blurted out at last night’s dinner party, she explores the bad judgments and free-floating regrets that keep her up at night, and the result is a daring, candid and wickedly funny collection of embarrassment embraced, the triumph of humor and perspective over everyday mortification.

Booklist Review
Groundbreaking and best-selling writer and performance artist Lisick presents a collection of four-dozen brief tales from her life. In one, a good-hearted dad arrives to buy Lisick’s dryer for his college daughter’s new place, opens the lid, and sees a foot-long, sparkly purple dildo. In another free-floating, briefly haunting episode, “Piece of Nirvana,” she confesses to repeating stale stories, such as “Kurt Cobain lit my cigarette once.” She then offers her trademark pseudointellectual advice: “Have a celebrity anecdote more than one week old? Just stop saying it. See how it feels to abandon something you thought was precious that actually means nothing.” In the title incident, Lisick describes herself as having been “a woman who helped a mediocre man live out a classic fantasy from Penthouse Forum” on a futon. Lisick likes “to speak with authority because I say almost nothing with authority.” Not true. Her seemingly unconnected, ironic, dryly funny, sometimes cringe-worthy vignettes constitute a strangely touching and engaging portrait of the artist as a young screwup.
— Whitney Scott

“This book is fucking great. There is a story in it called ‘PANDA AMBULANCE!!!’ How is Beth Lisick not as famous as David Sedaris?”—Kathleen Hanna, punk musician and feminist activist

Yokohama Threeway made me laugh out loud more than anything else I have read all year. She is a master at sharing her life experiences with self-deprecating yet honest humor.” — David Gutowski, Largehearted Boy