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by Steve Friedman


Lost On Treasure Island" by Steve Friedman, is often funny, always honest, and frequently .

Lost On Treasure Island" by Steve Friedman, is often funny, always honest, and frequently uncomfortable to read. The latter is due to Friedman's gift for putting the reader in his shoes (shoes you do NOT want to be in) with descriptive prose. Steve takes the reader along his personal journey of ten years while living in New York, which includes several bad dates, betrayal by loved ones, his joining a self-help group and his difficulties at work. My thoughts: I enjoyed reading Lost on Treasure Island and found it to be an open and honest memoir by Steve Friedman. As I read, I felt like an old friend was sitting next to me telling me his life story.

I love Lost on Treasure Island. It's the truest, funniest, sexiest big-city adventure story I've ever read. As a hero, Steve Friedman is wildly flawed, but as a writer, he's in a class with Nick Hornby at his best and Candace Bushnell in her dreams. The book takes us on a journey from the perspective of a young writer trying to make a name for himself in New York City, and over the course of 10 years, turns him into an er writer trying to make a name for himself in New York City.

Lost On Treasure Island" by Steve Friedman, is often funny, always honest, and frequently uncomfortable to read

Lost On Treasure Island" by Steve Friedman, is often funny, always honest, and frequently uncomfortable to read. How else to explain a memoir like Lost on Treasure Island, a book in which Friedman decides to expose himself and what was a rather demeaning lifestyle to the scrutiny of the reading public? Not only is Friedman willing to make himself look bad, he takes it all a step farther by focusing on the very parts of his New York City lifestyle that make him look the worst.

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Steve takes the reader along his personal journey of ten years while living in New York, which includes several bad .

Steve takes the reader along his personal journey of ten years while living in New York, which includes several bad dates, betrayal by loved ones, his joining a self-help group and his difficulties at work. Some of it was funny, some of it was endearing, some of it was awkward, all of it was interesting and well written

When Midwesterner Steve Friedman arrived in Manhattan raring to go and ready . He writes for the New York Times, Newsweek, New York, and Runner’s World among many others. He also teaches at mediabistro.

When Midwesterner Steve Friedman arrived in Manhattan raring to go and ready to conquer, he soon found pitfalls more numerous and perilous than he had ever imagined Читать весь отзыв. He lives in New York City.

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Lost on Treasure Island: A Memoir of Longing, Love and Lousy Choices in New York City. Lost on Treasure Island is the story of every Midwesterner who has ever come to the Big City to follow a dream. Lost on Treasure Island brilliantly limns one Midwestern man’s seriocomic struggles with success, sex and spiritual development in Manhattan. I read it with both jealousy and gratitude: jealous because Steve Friedman is a truly gifted memoirist, and grateful that I have never personally auditioned for the role of Mrs. F. This is a fantastic read. Sarah Rose, author of For All the Tea in China. Steve Friedman is a toxic cad and a fabulous writer.

When Midwesterner Steve Friedman arrived in Manhattan, the land of the quick and the mean, raring to go and ready to conquer, he soon found pitfalls and pratfalls more numerous and perilous than he had ever imagined. Here is his utterly honest, often hilarious, self-deprecating account of those fateful years, starting with his first job at GQ and his awkward efforts to impress his boss, Art Cooper, and including real and imagined love affairs, disasters at work and play, growing self-awareness with its inevitable bouts of depression and subsequent therapies—all of which fail—and in the end, a wisdom that promises better things to come. In the tradition of Bright Lights, Big City and The Devil Wears Prada, Lost on Treasure Island is a witty rendition of the perils of growing up and being thrown into the real world. With sharp humor and unexpected sincerity, Friedman crafts a inviting portrait of the best of times and the worst of times. For all those who have confronted the endless opportunities of the Big Apple, only to discover how hard it is to succeed in this—or any—big city, this boisterous and often enlightening memoir will prove irresistible.
Gralinda
Honest insight into the mind of a man with avoidant attachment issues (I also recommend a book on this, Attached, by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller.) The book gives a deeper understanding of what's going through a man's head who withdrawals after he really connects with women, only to pine for impossible or inappropriate relationships (with a married woman, etc.) His story is a helpful reminder to women that guys like Steve are not likely to change, despite truly longing for love and going to therapy. I also thought it was funny how the women's magazines didn’t want to hear about this real stuff in the dating columns he's hired to write. I'm thankful he wrote this book and for sharing his perspective. It's also a fast and entertaining read.

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Aradwyn
I appreciated Friedman's blatant honesty and enjoyed his irrepressible sense of humor, even often at his own expense!
Folsa
"Lost On Treasure Island" by Steve Friedman, is often funny, always honest, and frequently uncomfortable to read. The latter is due to Friedman's gift for putting the reader in his shoes (shoes you do NOT want to be in) with descriptive prose. The book takes us on a journey from the perspective of a young writer trying to make a name for himself in New York City, and over the course of 10 years, turns him into an older-but-not-so-wiser writer trying to make a name for himself in New York City. Reading this memoir, we relive Friedman's poor choices in fashion, story-pitching strategies to his boss, and all too often, bad dates. When true love, or something like it, looks like it may be within his grasp, Friedman either botches it because commitment frightens him, or the object of his affection dumps him. Some of which feels like schaedenfreude, but you can't help rooting for Friedman to conquer his demons, fears and find the elusive Mrs. Friedman. One of the funniest chapters focuses on the pickup basketball games Friedman joins, with a group of mostly Wall Street traders. Another sequence custom-made for a movie, should "Lost On Treasure Island" ever make it to a film version, is the search for Mrs. Friedman, wherein the author makes a diligent effort to locate the perfect wife. Like many of his other misadventures, it doesn't go very smoothly.
Tygokasa
I read a story Steve wrote, which was published in my latest issue of Backpacker magazine. Enjoyed the story and bought the book. So far (I'm about 1/3 into the book), I am enjoying it! His honesty is shocking...he is a brave man.
Landaron
Among the many stories of young men coming to age in the big harsh city, this is one of the best I've read. It is a very sharp

portrayal of cynicism ,self-involvement and redemption. And it is very very funny. And moving.
FreandlyMan
If nothing else, Steve Friedman is honest. How else to explain a memoir like Lost on Treasure Island, a book in which Friedman decides to expose himself and what was a rather demeaning lifestyle to the scrutiny of the reading public? Not only is Friedman willing to make himself look bad, he takes it all a step farther by focusing on the very parts of his New York City lifestyle that make him look the worst.

Friedman, from St. Louis, seems to have arrived in New York City with all of his basic insecurities in tow - and has not been quick to lose them during the years he has made his living there, first as a GQ editor and later as a freelance writer. Not the least of his insecurities (once he finally realized that he is not, after all, the least sophisticated man in NYC) pertains to his obsession with identifying his Mrs. Friedman, the woman with whom he and his children will live happily ever after. This is not an easy task for any man or woman, but Friedman's burning desire to make it happen now distorted his judgment so greatly that he mistakenly found her more than once - much to the women's surprise and dismay.

During Steve Friedman's search for Mrs. Right, women, with the exception of the ones he sometimes mistakenly identified as surefire wife-material, became fungible. He was always willing to have one of them around, but he never suspended his hunt for Mrs. Friedman. She had to be out there somewhere. In a twist, perhaps, of poetic justice, as soon as he grew serious about a woman, his obsession tended to scare her away.

Lost on Treasure Island is the story of one Midwesterner's love life but, as its subtitle implies, it is more a story of "longing" and "lousy choices" than one of true love. The beauty of Lost on Treasure Island is its author's ability to laugh at himself while sharing the mishaps of his love life (and to a lesser extent, his work life) with the rest of us. This is a man who admits to trolling for lovers several times a week at various support group meetings held around the city, one able to poke fun at the type of writing he edited during his stint at GQ.

Still in New York City, Friedman is now a more experienced, if not necessarily wiser, man than the one who arrived there from St. Louis hoping to make his mark in publishing. Amidst all the mistakes he catalogues in Lost on Treasure Island, he has obviously done some things right. This is his fifth nonfiction book, and he continues to freelance for publications such as GQ, Esquire, The New York Times, and Runner's World. In the description of his search for Mrs. Friedman and his dream job, Friedman offers hope to the rest of us: perseverance has a way of overcoming the mistakes that would ruin a lesser man.

Rated at: 3.5
Lost on Treasure Island: A Memoir of Longing, Love, and Lousy Choices in New York City ebook
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Steve Friedman
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