Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen

By Maya Van Wagenen

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A breakout youngster writer explores the real which means of recognition and the way to outlive center college during this hysterically humorous, touchingly sincere modern memoir.

Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls support a shy lady develop into popular?
Maya Van Wagenen is set to discover out.

Stuck close to the ground of the social ladder at "pretty a lot the bottom point of individuals in school who aren't paid to be here," Maya hasn't ever been well known. yet sooner than beginning 8th grade, she makes a decision to start a different social test: spend the college 12 months following a Fifties attractiveness consultant, written by way of former youngster version Betty Cornell.

The real-life effects are hilarious, painful, and jam-packed with unforeseen surprises. advised with humor and style, Maya's trip deals readers of every age a completely modern instance of kindness and self-confidence, in addition to a greater realizing of what it capacity to be renowned.

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And, as long as I’m on an honesty streak, I might as well tell you: I very rarely, if ever, did all the sit-ups, Hindu squats or other exercises I claimed when talking to the press. )" As for the readers who thought he was unkind in his assessments of several people … well, Lou just shrugged them off. Some readers who were wrestling fans simply didn’t like his depiction of their heroes, many of them deceased by then, and he understood that. " That he was, nevertheless, proud of the final product is a certainty.

The book was groundbreaking, in that it was the first by a prominent pro wrestler to break "kayfabe," the code of silence practiced for decades by those in the industry when discussing their profession with outsiders. Certainly, other wrestlers had written their autobiographies by then, but almost all of them presented pro wrestling as a legitimate sport. Lou was determined to present an honest, warts-and-all, depiction of his career, the first major star to do so, and he was especially pleased when he became aware of praise from an unexpected direction: from some university academics who discovered the book and pronounced it a valuable and revealing document about an interesting segment of American pop culture.

It was admittedly an inefficient system, so Lou and Charlie soon took over the reproduction, binding, and mailing operation entirely at their end. (The only "big" money we ever made with the book came when Koji Miyamoto, who was very close to Lou and Charlie, and served very ably over the years as Lou’s representative in Japan, sold it to a Japanese publishing house. The manuscript was translated into kanji, and the result was exactly the sort of product we’d originally hoped to see in the United States: a hard-back with lots of photos.

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