A Brief History of Oversharing: One Ginger’s Anthology of Humiliation
by Shawn Hitchins
Audio book version
Musings from a “one-man flash mob” (Toronto Star)
Comedian Shawn Hitchins explores his irreverent nature in this debut collection of essays. Hitchins doesn’t shy away from his failures or celebrate his mild successes – he sacrifices them for an audience’s amusement. He roasts his younger self, the effeminate ginger-haired kid with a competitive streak. The ups and downs of being a sperm donor to a lesbian couple. Then the fiery redhead professes his love for actress Shelley Long, declares his hatred of musical theatre, and recounts a summer spent in Provincetown working as a drag queen.
Nothing is sacred. His first major break-up, how his mother plotted the murder of the family cat, his difficult relationship with his father, becoming an unintentional spokesperson for all redheads, and ̶m̶a̶n̶d̶y̶ ̶m̶o̶o̶r̶e̶ many more.
Blunt, awkward, emotional, ribald, this anthology of humiliation culminates in a greater understanding of love, work, and family. Like the final scene in a Murder She Wrote episode, A Brief History of Oversharing promises everyone the a-ha! moment Oprah tells us to experience. Paired with bourbon, Scottish wool, and Humpty Dumpty Party Mix, this journey is best heard through a lens of schadenfreude.
My thoughts: A cute, funny audiobook read by the author. A group of essays that outline his humiliation through life. I found it easy to listen to and snarky at times. Advance electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, author Shawn Hutchins, and the publisher.
Publisher: ECW Press
Narrator: Shawn Hitchins
Publication: Apr 10, 2018
Unabridged 6 hours 15 minutes
My rating: 4/5 STARS
About the author–
Shawn Hitchins is the author of “The Light Streamed Beneath It” (ECW’ 21) and “A Brief History of Oversharing” (ECW’ 17). His one-man show “Ginger Nation” toured extensively before being filmed in concert (Amazon Prime/OUTtv). Hitchins is an award-winning entertainer, writer, personality, and creator of live performance.
Hitchins was featured on CBC’s The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers, and Here & Now, and his work garnered notices from the Guardian, GayTimes UK, BuzzFeed, CNN, BBC, BBC World Service, TimeOut NY, Etalk, The Social, and The Toronto Star.
Shawn is a frequent contributor to CBCArts. He is an advocate for affordable mental healthcare and embodiment. Based in Toronto, Ontario, Shawn is in the process of relocating to the Los Angeles area.