THEY LIKE IT!

“Dunham’s conversational tone will welcome any reader, whether they come for the laughs, the loss, the queerness or the altruism that Dunham shares. The book’s title comes from some hate mail Dunham receives, calling her a freak of nature. “You don’t know me,” Dunham writes, “you don’t know my family, or you would know I am a freak of nurture.” She means it as a pun on the nature/nurture debate, but its meaning multiplies throughout the collection. No one can nurture life, love, queers, friends, jokes or family the way Dunham can. She’s freakishly outstanding.” –Courtney Gillette, Lambda Literary Foundation
 
 
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BARBARA CARELLAS TWEET

” So when I picked up my review copy of Kelli Dunham’s book Freak of Nurture, I was delighted to break out into frequent giggles. Her humour in the midst of grief made me feel—this is the greatest compliment I can ever think of to give to a book—less weird and sad about being a human being.” -Oliver Leon, The Link Artsblog. More here.

“Even when reading [about the author’s] really difficult experiences, the writing style is so compelling that I could hardly put it down. I read almost the entire book in a day.” –Danika, The Lesbrary Reviews. More here.

“This book is hysterically funny and brutally honest and poignant and heartbreaking. Imagine a book penned by someone channeling Ellen Degeneres, Abe Lincoln, Mother Teresa and the Bronte sisters. All at the same time.” – The Middle Aged Butch, The Flannel Files (Jun 19, 2013)

FREAK OF NURTURE HAS BEEN PRAISED BY SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN QUEER COMEDY:

This photo wasn't taken for this quote. It was taken for Kate's new show and I just stole it. But Kate is amazing and you should go to kateclinton.com and find out if she's performing near you.

This photo wasn’t taken for this quote. It was taken for Kate’s new show and I just stole it. But Kate is amazing and you should go to kateclinton.com and find out if she’s performing near you.

AND THE FIRST OPENLY GAY COMEDIAN ON THE TONIGHT SHOW

AND THE FIRST OPENLY GAY COMEDIAN ON THE TONIGHT SHOW

As well at Janice Erlbaum author of critically acclaimed brilliant Girlbomb: A Halfway Homeless Memoir

“FREAK OF NURTURE is not just a book to love — it’s a book that will actually love you back. Reading Kelli Dunham’s mordantly funny, heartbreakingly true stories is like spending time with a great friend — when I was done, I felt less alone in the universe. If that’s not love, what is?”

And super death expert E. Alessandra Strada, PhD, MSCP, FT Author of “The Helping Professional’s Guide to End-of-Life Care:”

Kelli Dunham ‘s book Freak of Nurture is a gift of remarkable sharpness, brilliance, and presence. With authenticity and inspiration, it reaches the soul. Each chapter makes us feel more connected to the playful and joyful essence of life. And yet, it shows us the hopeful, tender, humorous, paradoxical and heartbreaking qualities of love and commitment in the face of inevitable death.

 Dunham uniquely shares with us and teaches us the opportunity to fully embrace the intimate joys of life, while facing ultimate loss. She gives herself to life completely and with abandon. And this trusting openness is a delightful message of hope and celebration.”

AND THE FIRST REVIEW IS IN….

“Nothing anytime, anywhere can be funnier than real life happenings and this is what Dunham does—she tells us real stories from her life that really get us laughing and I have to admit that I had to put the book down several times because I was laughing that hard. Yet in all of the humor there is a serious message about being oneself and while we laugh we also learn and not many writers have the ability to make us do that.”   -Amos Lessen, read the whole review here.

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