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Nerd Girl Rocks Paradise City
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This hilarious peek into the early years of the hair-band era reveals the hierarchy of fishnets, bustiers, and chicks with the Holy Grail--a backstage pass. After college, Anne Thomas Soffee journeyed to Los Angeles to start a career as a rock journalist and small-time heavy-metal flack. A taste for other people's prescriptions and too much beer edges her freelance journalism work right off her schedule. She struggles with not being thin enough, pretty enough, or cool enough when, in the midst of the L.A. riots, Soffee is offered a coveted slot in Virginia Commonwealth University's MFA writing program. Determined to pull herself out of current habits, Soffee starts turning her life around, making a stop at rehab before she heads off to graduate school. Her quarter-life crisis is packed with offbeat characters that prove that fact is often funnier than fiction.
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Anne Thomas Soffee is the author of "Snake Hips: Belly Dancing and How I Found True Love." She has an MFA and is a semi-professional belly dancer.

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Adult/High School-Having graduated from William and Mary, Soffee, the nerd girl of the title and a longtime fan of hair-metal bands, decided that Virginia was not the place to enjoy her passion for the music. And so, with a vague statement of interest in her writing on music by the editor of a metal magazine in Hollywood, she set off for L.A. What she found there was not what she had expected: certainly not her dream of becoming the next great music critic. But the years she spent in L.A. were not without interest as she hit high points and low before having to accept the reality of the situation, aided by the triumph of grunge over metal and her own alcohol and drug addictions. This is not an unusual story; any number of memoirs by young writers chronicle those first uncertain years out of school. Yet Soffee's stands out for its humor and its lack of self-absorption and self-importance. The author has no illusions about the reality of her life at that time, nor does she now condemn it as wasted years. Neither a cautionary tale nor a paean to living it up, Nerd Girl will resonate with teens.-Ted Westervelt, Library of Congress, Washington, DC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"Funny, trashy, and smart." -- The New York Times Book Review "A laugh-out-loud charmer." -- Bust "A truly well-written rock 'n' roll memoir." -- Punk Planet "Totally enjoyable." -- Maximum Rock n Roll "Funny as hell!" -- Score! Music Magazine "A compelling read." -- Metal Maniacs "Incredibly sharp ... Easy to read and clever, making it hard to put down." --Venuszine.com "Wickedly funny." -- Seattle Weekly

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