A Brief History of Oversharing
One Ginger’s Anthology of Humiliation
by Shawn Hitchins
Narrated by Shawn Hitchins
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Pub Date 10 Apr 2018 | Archive Date 30 Jun 2021
Comedian Shawn Hitchins explores his irreverent nature in this debut collection of essays. Hitchins doesn’t shy away from his failures or celebrate his mild successes — he sacrifices them for an audience’s amusement. He roasts his younger self, the effeminate ginger-haired kid with a competitive streak. The ups and downs of being a sperm donor to a lesbian couple. Then the fiery redhead professes his love for actress Shelley Long, declares his hatred of musical theatre, and recounts a summer spent in Provincetown working as a drag queen.
Blunt, awkward, emotional, ribald, this anthology of humiliation culminates in a greater understanding of love, work, and family.
In a shift away from A Brief History of Oversharing, Shawn Hitchins second memoir, The Light Streamed Beneath It explores love, death, pain, and community and will resonate long after the last page. Request now on NetGalley.
|DURATION||6 Hours, 15 Minutes|
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Average rating from 8 members
I spend basically zero time paying attention to modern popular culture, and knew nothing about Shawn Hitchins when I grabbed this audiobook from NetGalley. I do adore autobiographies and I love to laugh, and I figured (based on the cover alone) that A Brief History of Oversharing had definite possibilities.
Well, Mr. Hitchins did not disappoint.
Leading us through moments of his life: growing up and family; forays into acting, standup comedy, and activism; love both lost and found, this plucky young man digs deep to find the chutzpah to carry on. Alternating between moments of the bittersweet (but whose life is angst free?) and laugh out loud funny anecdotes, I found A Brief History of Oversharing to be wonderfully entertaining.
The audio is performed by the author, with all the pizazz I could have hoped for.