Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I Saw It On the Shelf

File this under "Serendipitous": Happened to go into Three Lives & Co. bookstore last night and noticed my pal Kevin Sessums' new book on the shelf. Took a photo to share with him online, without realizing the book wasn't officially coming out until today -- it was almost closing time, so the shop had obviously done its work for the following day already -- which meant this was the first time he was actually seeing it for sale. Having released a memoir of my own about a year ago, I know how emotional it is to have your most intimate thoughts exposed to the world.

Kevin responded with this:

Congrats, Kevin! His first book, "Mississippi Sissy," was incredibly poetic and moving. Cannot wait to dig in to your latest work.

Order HERE.

Listen to Kevin read an excerpt from the book HERE.

On his 53rd birthday, Kevin Sessums woke up in his L.A. hotel room wondering how he would get through his scheduled interview with Hugh Jackman. For years he had interviewed the bright lights: Madonna, Courtney Love, Jessica Lange, and all the other usual suspects; but, Kevin knew that his rapidly unraveling life was as shallow as the hotel's hip furniture and he was hanging on by his fingertips. In I Left It on the Mountain, Sessums chronicles his early days in NY as an actor, his years working for Andy Warhol at Interview and Tina Brown at Vanity Fair, countless nights of anonymous sex, his HIV Positive diagnosis and his descent into addiction. It's also the chronicle of one man's spiritual redemption found while climbing to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostelo and trudging across the cold, lonely winter beaches of Provincetown. Peopled with the famous like Daniel Radcliffe and Diane Sawyer as well as anonymous companions corporeal and otherwise whom he met while mountain climbing and hiking, I Left It on the Mountain is the story of one man's fall and rebirth, the next moving chapter in Kevin Sessums' extraordinary life that takes him from the high to the low and back again. For readers who loved Mississippi Sissy and want to know what happened to that tenacious little boy with the baseball mitt, I Left It On the Mountain is the sometimes very dark, but ultimately hopeful answer.

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