My Heart Is an Idiot (eBook)


Davy Rothbart is looking for love in all the wrong places. Constantly. He falls helplessly in love with pretty much every girl he meets—and rarely is the feeling reciprocated. Time after time, he hops in a car and tears across half of America with his heart on his sleeve. He’s continually coming up with outrageous schemes, which he always manages to pull off. Well, almost always. But even when things don’t work out, Rothbart finds meaning and humor in every moment. Whether it’s humiliating a scammer who takes money from aspiring writers or playing harmless (but side-splitting) goofs on his deaf mother, nothing and no one is off-limits.

But as much as Rothbart is a tragically lovable, irresistibly brokenhearted hero, it’s his prose that’s the star of the book. In the tradition of David Sedaris and Sloane Crosley but going places very much his own, his essays show how things that are seemingly so wrong can be so, so right.

About the Author

Davy Rothbart is a frequent contributor to This American Life and a variety of magazines, the founder of Found Magazine and the editor of its various bestselling anthologies, and the author of The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. He splits his time between Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Los Angeles, California.

Praise for My Heart Is an Idiot…

“I believe in Davy. He is a force to be reckoned with.”—Ira Glass

“This book is f--cking great!”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

“ a born raconteur, with a soldier’s can-do spirit and a poet’s mercurial soul.”—The New Yorker

“[Rothbart’s] irreverent brand of humor translates seamlessly to the page....He has an unforced curiosity and a natural empathy that make him an ideal traveling....Killingly funny.”—The Washington Post

“Davy Rothbart has the humor and purity of heart you want and need in an observer of contemporary American life.”—Dave Eggers

“Substitute Dr. Dre for Charlie Parker, and Davy Rothbart’s new collection of sixteen essays reads like early Jack Kerouac....A brutally honest, heartfelt, and clever collection.”—Time Out (New York)

“[Davy’s] capacity for serendipity and overshare is infectious.”—The New York Times

Product Details ISBN-13: 9781466802469
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 09/04/2012
Language: en