How Do I Un-Remember This? Unfortunately True Stories

Penguin Random House Audio Mar. 2022. 6:15 hrs. ISBN 9780593615461. $17.50. HUMOR
Pellegrino’s background as a comedian and podcaster works to his and listeners’ advantage because he knows how to write and perform his clever and hilarious material. He gives a lively, sly, and perfectly-timed reading of his pop culture–laden “unfortunately true stories” of growing up gay in the Midwest. Whether he’s mortified to discover he’s accidentally returned a burial urn to Kohl’s on Christmas Eve, reliving a slumber party that turned into a naked run, or trying to figure out how to subliminally bring up the movie Judy after his boyfriend has forbidden him from mentioning it, Pellegrino is a delight. Sprinkled throughout are “detours,” where Pellegrino jumps out of the stories he’s spinning to allow himself to get sidetracked on important topics like how there’s not enough nudity in the Magic Mike sequel or how the theme song to The Nanny is the greatest of all time. Pellegrino’s secret weapon is that his tales are not only very funny but also tender and possess real emotion.
VERDICT Pellegrino’s boyish voice brings warmth and tenderness to his hilarious tales of growing up gay.
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