This realization leaves room for the healing that both brothers sorely need—if it isn't too late. Crandell's character-driven follow-up to The Flawless Skin of Ugly People might occasionally overdo the sentimentality, but Brad, by turns self-pitying and selfless, makes for an especially relatable hero. Tragicomic Cain and Abel variation, with a reassuring hopefulness.
The story is painfully believable-from the characterization of two brothers who can't quite connect to the description of what happens to a man's skin when a toupee is left on too long-and has the perverse charms readers of Augusten Burroughs and David Sedaris will recognize. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
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It is the second of a trilogy but as far as I know the 3rd book has not been written. I can't wait to read it when it does come out. If you like good storytelling and have never read one of Crandell's books I highly recommend you get both of these. One person found this helpful. During one of my many trips to the local library, I stumbled across this book with its quirky cover of various mannequin heads sporting styles common of the 70's.
Thinking that this book as a humorous pick-me-up novel to read, I was more moved than humored. There was not much when it came to anything laugh-out-loud, but the story was very deep. Brad and Compton, brothers that did not share all that much in common One had a full head of hair and the other did not. In their youth, they were close until Compton slept with Brad's one true love.
Compton was beaten severely and now suffers from brain damage. With closure from the past never really complete, Brad is suffering a mild case of depression with a strong case of jealousy.
domaine-solitude.com: Hairdos of the Mildly Depressed (): Doug Crandell : Books. Doug Crandell's The Flawless Skin of Ugly People was one of the most acclaimed fiction debuts of "You'll be hooked," said People. And Marie Claire.
Jealousy over the fact that his brain damaged brother, with a full head of hair, can manage to find love, get married and start a family while Brad continues to struggle with vanity, a toupee and a need to have a life of his own. While Compton tries to handle life the best that he can, Brad loses himself in internet dating, alcoholism, and a battle over wearing a toupee. Along the way, we get to learn about the struggles that life offers when anger is held deep while helping someone that hurt you. I blood thicker than water? Can there be light at the end of the tunnel? Will there be closure to the past?
Will there be forgiveness for what has been done? And what does the future hold for these brothers? Very emotional and touching book. I would give it 5 stars if I was in the mood for an emotional story when I selected this book, but I was misled by the quirky title and felt cheated when it came to the laughs it mentioned it would offer. Nonetheless, if you need something that makes you laugh with a light read If you are looking for a book that makes you think, makes you reflect, and moves you to see that family is precious Doug Crandell's engrossing novel tells the heartwarming story of brothers Brad and Compton Orville, with Brad ultimately learning what is really important in life.
Younger brother, Brad is very unhappy with his entire life, especially his prematurely bald head. He has always envied Compton's beautiful head of hair. Refresh and try again.
Brad and Compton, brothers that did not share all that much in common Feb 19, Tonyia rated it really liked it Shelves: Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Dont miss this one! Not his best book but immediate in his characterizations. The story is painfully believable—from the characterization of two brothers who can't quite connect to the description of what happens to a man's skin when a toupee is left on too long—and has the perverse charms readers of Augusten Burroughs and David Sedaris will recognize.
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Return to Book Page. Hairdos of the Mildly Depressed by Doug Crandell. Hairdos of the Mildly Depressed 2. And Marie Claire called it: Why you'll like it: If a Jenny Craig and a Proactiv infomercial had an affair, it would look like this. Paperback , pages. Published June 4th by Virgin Books first published July 10th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Hairdos of the Mildly Depressed , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Hairdos of the Mildly Depressed. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.
Jul 23, Joanne rated it liked it. Not a bad book but I did have a hard time picking it up. I would find myself looking for other things to do, however when I was reading it, I did enjoy it. Brad has to take care of his brain-damaged brother who previously slept with Brad's fiancee. Compton also has a full head of hair while Brad is obsessed with the fact that he is bald.
Compton even winds up finding love in his adult day car program, gets married and is expecting twins. It is too much for Brad to take and he starts abusing alco Not a bad book but I did have a hard time picking it up. It is too much for Brad to take and he starts abusing alcohol, wearing bad toupees and dating whackos he meets on the internet.
There are also a lot of metaphors that tend to hit you in the face in this book. Glad I read it but I am going to need to move on to a happier book next time. Jul 17, Teresa rated it liked it Shelves: I don't see the point in this novel personally. The "hero" brad goes through a few phases as a person, originally the stressed caretaker of his brain damaged brother, fuming about the past. Then as his brother stops needing him to play the father and pulls a life better than brads out of nowhere, he turns into a drunken sad sack, still fuming about the past.
I don't know, I see no moral or p I don't see the point in this novel personally. I don't know, I see no moral or point, not very much of a plot line. A few things here and there made me laugh but eh.
I suppose one of the reviews on the back of the cover gave me hope "like a less severe j. Whoever said that must not have read very much Salinger. Jun 26, Vilo rated it liked it. I consider this book in the category of the male side of chick lit, like Nick Hornby's books, although both Hornby and Crandell are pretty realistic and the love story, such as it is, doesn't often end up happily ever after.
The main character of this book is dealing with some pretty difficult problems, like a brother brain damaged in a beating, a betrayal in his past, and the fact that his work is the opposite of fulfilling. But what he chooses to focus on, what he is sure would make him happy, I consider this book in the category of the male side of chick lit, like Nick Hornby's books, although both Hornby and Crandell are pretty realistic and the love story, such as it is, doesn't often end up happily ever after. But what he chooses to focus on, what he is sure would make him happy, is if he had more hair.
A lot about people and their needs is revealed along the way to a better place, emotionally speaking. Nov 01, Linda rated it did not like it. Put it down after pages. Didn't do much for me aside from giving me a couple of chuckles on this guy's comical obsession with hair. It struck me as a possibly real phenomenon. I liked the funny name and cover and just picked it up on a whim off the new shelf of books at the library.
Can't say as I've missed it though. Dec 06, David rated it really liked it.