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Beth Lisick 

When: Thu., Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m. 2013
Price: free
It’d be easy to dismiss Beth Lisick’s new memoir, Yokohama Threeway and Other Small Shames, which is billed as a “recount[ing] of her most embarrassing moments,” as the sort of tongue-in-cheek, endlessly self-deprecating, cringe-baiting tour of terrors that’s become trendy among the humorous-memoir subgenre of late. But to write Threeway off in that way would be to miss the point entirely: This isn’t simply a recounting of the author’s assorted shames at all so much as it is an uncommonly perceptive, gorgeously written (and, yes, sometimes achingly funny) study in the way a tiny, seemingly banal moment — an awkward exchange with a stranger in a bathroom, a visit to LensCrafters — can stick in our hearts and throats and guts and memories for so long they become part of who we are. It’s easily one of the best memoirs of the year thus far; catch Bay Area native Lisick at Mrs. Dalloway’s (2904 College Ave., Berkeley).
— Ellen Cushing

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