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

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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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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Memoir of a life NOT according to plan. From age 8 to mid-40s, Hilary tries on multiple personae in an effort to feel that "it's enough." Finally discovering she, herself, is more than enough. Read full review

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A funny, quick read. I loved reading about her and her time with Carly Simon and the weeks upon weeks she spent trying to meet Carole King. The chapter about the Cotillion is quite funny as well. She ... Read full review


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Theyre Very Loyal Fans and They Bake
The King Case
Teen Libber
Adventures of a Teenage Woman Juggler
Queen of the Oddballs
Jack Haley Jr s Coat Closet
The Case of the Inexplicable Birthday Treasure Hunt
Tyro Scribes Sell Spec for Big Bucks
Madame Zola Psychic to the Stars
Vespas Vespas All Fall Down
Finding the OH in Oprah

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About the author (2009)

Hillary Carlip, author of Girl 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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