Dark at the Roots: A Memoir

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Counterpoint LLC, Feb 25, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 310 pages
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Given the Nickname "Family Liar" by her father around the time she started talking, Sarah Thyre was the second of five children to be born into a southern family of Roman Catholics. Confused by this endearment, but eager to live up to it, Sarah quickly managed to get herself into precarious situations. Whether it is small Sarah accidentally going "poddy" in the garage during a game of hide-and-seek, medium-sized Sarah surviving a fishing trip with her volatile father, or full-sized Sarah unwittingly stealing a car from her boyfriend's employer, grown-up Sarah shares each story with self-effacing sincerity and a seemingly invincible sense of humor. The ability to turn pain into punch lines is a skill that Sarah honed by necessity: Her father was unpredictably moody and routinely lashed out at his young family until eventually Sarah's mother moved her four girls and newborn son out of the "comfort" of marriage and into the uncertainty of single parenting. The regular meals and the indoor heating were soon drained from their middle-class lifestyle. Still, Sarah boldly tried to maintain a facade of wealth--fooling no one but herself. This memoir flees from Sarah's childhood with the high-wire urgency of improv comedy and the ever-teetering forward momentum of a runaway toddler while holding tight to the bits that made her the wry, deeply funny person she is today.

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Writting is well done, prose flows easily. - Goodreads
There wasn't a straight forward plot, or - Goodreads
Sarah Thyre is a terrific writer. - Goodreads
... easy to read and fast. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Julie - Goodreads

David Sedaris-style humor. Her hyperbolic style of writing gave her the impression of trying too hard, though. Quite laugh-out-loud funny at times, but I wish the book had been 100 pages shorter. Read full review

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User Review  - Jodi Sh. - Goodreads

I would like to be Sarah Thyre's best friend. Which, seeing as I am the kind of person who has a dining room table that seat eight and refuses to get chairs, is a high compliment. This was one of ... Read full review

Contents

This Is What People Do
1
Break Me Off a Piece o Dat
13
Smell It Like It Is
29
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Sarah Thyre is an actress, comedienne, and writer who has performed on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "Strangers with Candy," "Upright Citizens Brigade," and "TV Funhouse." She has written and performed her own work on National Public Radio, freshyarn.com, live onstage at New York's Luna Lounge, UCB Theatre, L.A.'s Comedy Central Stage, and ImprovOlympic. Her acting credits include "The Real Live Brady Bunch," as well as plays by Amy and David Sedaris, including the Obie-winning One Woman Shoe and Lincoln Center's Incident at Cobbler's Knob. For many years, she also published her own humor zine, "Thyrezine." She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and child.

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