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Aug 31, 2010 | ISBN 9780143117391

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One of the 25 Greatest Rock Memoirs of All Time — Rolling Stone(#8)

“Sensitive and emotionally raw… it is also wildly funny.” – Rob Sheffield, New York Times Book Review

“Compelling…Hersh describes eloquently, beautifully and with no small amount of poetry the pain and alienation of losing one’s mind.” — The Times (London)

“Funny, freaky, fidgety, Hersh’s memoir is the book a fan didn’t dare hope for: a beacon in a dark field, illuminating the mysterious and the mundane. Beautifully, honestly, written and as close as you will ever get to being in a Throwing Muses song.” – Wesley Stace, author of Misfortune and By George

“Her narrative voice is warm, friendly and surprisingly funny. Deep down it’s a story about messed-up kids finding one other, starting a band, and accidentally scrounging up an audience of similarly messed-up kids. It belongs on the shelf next to Michael Azerrad’s classic Our Band Could Be Your Life.” – Rolling Stone


“Ultra-vivid writing and intense honesty is what you’d expect from Kristin Hersh, one of America’s finest songwriters. But Rat Girl is also a startlingly funny and touching memoir of her mid-Eighties moment as the bi- polar, pregnant, intermittently homeless frontwoman of a rising indie-rock band. It’s a gripping journey into mental chaos and out the other side.” – Simon Reynolds, author of Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-84

Rat Girl is the story of a wide-eyed soul coming to maturity in the ridiculous cacophony of modern life. Although it is supposedly about what we call, for lack of a better term, ‘manic depression,’ it has nearly no interest in such grim diagnostic thinking. It is instead awestruck – by music, feeling, perception, wild animals, mystery, dreams, ‘the gorgeous and terrible things that live in your house.’ It is an original beauty.” – Mary Gaitskill, author of Veronica and Don’t Cry

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