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My Heart Is an Idiot

Davy Rothbart’s life is anything but ordinary.  This Ann Arbor native and creator of Found Magazine has an endless yearning for new experiences, exhibits a complete fearlessness of strangers, and falls in “love” with every pretty girl he meets, however briefly that meeting may be (if you have dark eyes, long hair, and work at a Subway—watch out!).  My Heart Is an Idiot, Rothbart’s new collection of essays, chronicles the adventures he stumbles upon, or rather creates, in his travels across the U.S.  Rothbart has the ability to make friends with anyone and everyone, and that talent, combined with a restlessness that compels him to constantly be on the move, makes for some very crazy encounters.  Hitchhiking?  There’s plenty of that.  Traveling across the country for a girl he barely knows?  Sure!  Dead man in a pool?  Yeah, he found one once.  I can’t say that his writing is the best or that his constant pursuit of unrealistic romance didn’t get tiresome, but the weird situations and odd coincidences in these stories make My Heart Is an Idiot entertaining. His heart is definitely an idiot, but at least it’s a charming, adventurous one.

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My Heart Is an Idiot
9780374280840

My Heart Is an Idiot

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Davy Rothbart’s life is anything but ordinary.  This Ann Arbor native and creator of Found Magazine has an endless yearning for new experiences, exhibits a complete fearlessness of strangers, and falls in “love” with every pretty girl he meets, however briefly that meeting may be (if you have dark eyes, long hair, and work at a Subway—watch out!).  My Heart Is an Idiot, Rothbart’s new collection of essays, chronicles the adventures he stumbles upon, or rather creates, in his travels across the U.S.  Rothbart has the ability to make friends with anyone and everyone, and that talent, combined with a restlessness that compels him to constantly be on the move, makes for some very crazy encounters.  Hitchhiking?  There’s plenty of that.  Traveling across the country for a girl he barely knows?  Sure!  Dead man in a pool?  Yeah, he found one once.  I can’t say that his writing is the best or that his constant pursuit of unrealistic romance didn’t get tiresome, but the weird situations and odd coincidences in these stories make My Heart Is an Idiot entertaining. His heart is definitely an idiot, but at least it’s a charming, adventurous one.

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My Heart Is an Idiot
9780374280840

Posted by Caitlin Hoag at 01/11/2013 11:48:07 AM | 


I truly enjoyed this book!! Davy's personality is so genuine and honest, even about his shortcomings. I don't 'agree' with some of his views or actions, but then he'll pick up a stranger on the highway or give a guy a couple bucks to get somewhere. His stories were hilarious, thought provoking, and refreshing. Thank you for recommending this; I've found a favorite!
Posted by: Bethany ( Email ) at 2/26/2013 5:29 PM


I love this book so much! It is brilliantly conceived and extremely well executed novel—no glue and tape. A knockout of a book by a young writer that I will absolutely keep a lookout for from now on. Great pick Caitlin!
Posted by: Boyd Evarts ( Email ) at 4/2/2013 10:07 PM


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