Wade Rouse is the author of the critically-acclaimed memoirs, America’s Boy, (Dutton/2006) and “Confessions of A Prep School Mommy Handler” (Harmony Books/2007). “America’s Boy” was named by Border’s as one of the “Best Literary Memoirs of 2006” (alongside Gore Vidal, Jonathan Franzen, Gay Talese and Augusten Burroughs), “A Best Book of 2006” by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as well as a May 2006 BookSense selection by the nation’s independent booksellers.
Wade’s second memoir, “Confessions of A Prep School Mommy Handler” has been named as a Target “Bookmarked Breakout Bestseller” and will be prominently featured at all Target retailers from mid-October through the holidays 2008. It was called “delicious fun” by Kirkus, “laugh outloud funny” by Booklist and “funny” by Entertainment Weekly. The Grand Rapids Press named it a Best Book and Holiday Gift for 2007.
Wade is a contributing writer to a forthcoming book on working in retail, The Customer Is Always Wrong: The Retail Chronicles (Counterpoint-Soft Skull Press/October 2008). The book is a humorous essay collection that includes pieces from a number of noted authors including Colson Whitehead, Po Bronson and T Cooper.
Wade is a contributing writer to Lake Magazine (www.lakemagazine.com), where his essays on lake life appear monthly, and his articles have appeared in numerous regional and national magazines and newspapers. He earned his B.A. in communications (with honors) from Drury University and his master’s in journalism from Northwestern University. He now lives near the lakeshore of Michigan on over three acres of woods filled with pines and sugar maples. His return to his rural roots, which have been alternately beautiful and nightmarish – ranging from Hamptons-esque days on the beach to winters ala “The Shining” – serve as the basis for his hilarious and poignant third memoir, “Raccoons, Rattlers & Resort Wear: A City Boy Battles the Elements in A Quest for His Modern-Day Walden Pond (Harmony Books/Summer 2009), about his attempt to recreate Thoreau's Walden in which he finds the simple life isn't so simple, especially when wearing high-fashion waders. It is “Sex and the City Goes Country” and a rumination on slowing down in today's hectic society.
For more, please visit Wade’s web site at www.waderouse.com
Erma Bombeck was my greatest writing influence growing up. She was the original memoirist to me, someone who combined humor and poignancy to write about the universal topics that affect us all: Family, love, acceptance, work, friends, daily life. Other influences include Bret Easton Ellis, Jay McInerny, David Sedaris, Augusten Burroughs, Haven Kimmel, J.D. Salinger
My third memoir, tentatively titled “Raccoons, Rattlers & Resort Wear: A City Boy Battles The Elements for His Modern-Day Walden Pond" will publish June 2, 2009 from Random House/Harmony Book.
“Raccoons” is described by Random House in its catalogue copy this way:
In this rollicking and hilarious memoir, Sex in the City meets Green Acres as one urbanite strikes out for rural America but discovers the simple life ain’t so simple.
Finally fed up with the frenzy of city life and a longtime lover of Thoreau’s Walden, Wade Rouse decided to make either the bravest decision of his life or the worst mistake since a botched Ogilvy home perm: uproot his life and try, as Thoreau did some 160 years earlier, “to live a plain, simple life in radically reduced conditions.”
Raccoons, Rattlers, and Resort Wear is what happens when a self-obsessed city man with a penchant for bronzer and he-capri’s leaves the lattes behind and wanders into the wild to live in a knotty-pine cottage and live up to the tenets set forth in Walden. Battling blizzards and bloodthirsty critters, enduring nosy neighbors with night-vision goggles, and inhaling the distinct whiff of boredom no firewood-scented Henri Bendel candle can hide, Rouse’s spirit, sanity, relationship, and Kenneth Cole pointy-toe boots are sorely tested. But he ultimately discovers some things in the woods outside Saugatuck, Michigan, he always dreamed of but never dreamed he’d find–-happiness and a home.
I am a contributing writer to a forthcoming book on working in retail, "The Customer Is Always Wrong: The Retail Chronicles" (Counterpoint-Soft Skull Press/October 2008). The book is a humorous essay collection that includes pieces from a number of noted authors including Colson Whitehead, Po Bronson and T Cooper, and is hilarious, poignant and a must-read for any who have experienced the retail rite of passage.
I am also currently working on my next two memoirs. “Happy Hellidays: One Family’s Insane Celebrations from Valentine’s to Christmas" is a compilation of tender, torturous and touching tales about his family’s holidays and America’s obsession with picture-perfect holidays. And the other memoir is an untitled memoir about my mother’s battle with cancer and her dream of having her gentile son take her to Jerusalem so she can pray at the Wailing Wall, wash the feet of a leper and see God before she dies.
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Dutton -- America's Boy: A Memoir (2006/Hardcover)
Plume -- -America's Boy (2007/Paperback)
Crown/Harmony Books -- Confessions of A Prep School Mommy Handler (2007/Hardcover)
Three Rivers Press -- Confessions of A Prep School Mommy Handler (2008/Paperback)
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