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Dark at the Roots

A Memoir

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February 12, 2008 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 320 Pages | ISBN 9781582433967
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“Brilliantly observed and remarkably humane, Dark is a charmer.” —People

Sarah Thyre started out a middle child, in a middle-class Roman Catholic family, in the middle of Louisiana. Barely out of diapers, she decided that the middle wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Thyre’s elaborate schemes to catapult herself out of her own life include identity theft both real and imaginary—whether it was changing her name, pretending to be a great outdoorsman, or soliciting contributions for her favorite charity: herself. Socioeconomic forces beyond her control and the violent struggles between her parents more often kept her eating fried eggs and pasta, feeling like a criminal on the lam. Thyre paints her early life with merciless, razor-sharp prose, braced with the best kind of humor: the kind that makes us laugh so hard, it keeps us from crying.

About Sarah Thyre

SARAH THYRE is an actress and writer, and has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Strangers with Candy and performed her own work at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theaters, Sit n’ Spin at the Comedy Central Stage, and on Public Radio International. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.


“Brilliantly observed and remarkably humane, Dark is a charmer.” —People

“This names-are-altered memoir is part Mary Karr, part Jean Kerr (Please Don’t Eat the Liars’ Club?), written with plenty of snap and no self-pity.”Entertainment Weekly

“Thyre’s memoir transfixes, amuses and occasionally horrifies. She manages to provoke all of these reactions with the casual intimacy of a well-spoken confidant.” —Bookslut

“Sarah Thyre has a remarkable story to tell, and she tells it, well, remarkably.” —David Sedaris, author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and Naked

“Sarah Thyre just happens to be a marvelous writer. Hers is a truly distinct voice with a twisted poet’s gift for the perfect turn of phrase.” —David Rakoff, author of Don’t Get Too Comfortable

“Sarah Thyre was a naughty, nasty child who grew up to be one of the funniest people in America, and to write the most hilarious book I’ve read in years.” —Haven Kimmel, author of A Girl Named Zippy

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