Queen of the Oddballs: And Other True Stories from a Life Unaccording to Plan

Paperback | April 25, 2006

byHillary Carlip

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A hilariously offbeat memoir about an adventurous young woman's escapades as she defies conventions and transforms an ordinary Los Angeles life into a star-studded, extraordinary miracle of self-discovery.

Queen of the Oddballs forms a chronology of Hillary Carlip's habitual straying from roads more traveled -- from a wisecracking third-grader suspended from school for smoking (while imitating Holly Golightly) to a headline-making teen activist, juggler and fire eater, friend (NOT "fan") of Carly Simon and Carole King, grand prize-winning Gong Show contestant, cult rock star, and seeker of spiritual and romantic truths that definitely defy expectations.

Illustrated with ephemera -- from diary entries and photographs to a handwritten letter from Carly Simon -- Queen of the Oddballs presents a virtual time capsule of pop culture's last four decades and celebrates a creative life lived to the hilt.

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A hilariously offbeat memoir about an adventurous young woman's escapades as she defies conventions and transforms an ordinary Los Angeles life into a star-studded, extraordinary miracle of self-discovery.Queen of the Oddballs forms a chronology of Hillary Carlip's habitual straying from roads more traveled -- from a wisecracking third...

Hillary Carlip, author ofGirl Power, has written commentaries for NPR, and is a performer and artist. She is the creator of the acclaimed personal essay Web site freshyarn.com, and she lives in Los Angeles.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.65 inPublished:April 25, 2006Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060878835

ISBN - 13:9780060878832

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made me laugh out loud I'm still not sure who Hillary Carlip is, but maybe she is not either! What a great story, you rarely feel bad for her, because she just won't let you and she'll make you laugh with the "hillaryious" stories of her life. Looking forward to reading her next one.
Date published: 2012-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an amazing life! I stumbled across freshyarn.com (which Hillary Carlip created) and loved one of her true stories she posted. That led me to find this book. It was so hard to put down - the crazy things Hillary has done are just too funny. Plus, any book that gets a rave review from Pee-wee Herman has to be good!
Date published: 2007-12-26

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“A hilarious and inspiring read for all of us who were too afraid to be ourselves. Or stalk Carole King.”