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Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair, and Post-Punk, from the Middle East to the Lower East Side (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 25. März 2014


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It is my honour to introduce these pages - so gravely, so straggly, so hopeful, bright, and true Elizabeth Gilbert Do any of us really know ourselves? This kind of exploration into the human spirit is what true religion is about. Debbie Harry Rayya Elias' twisted, devastating memoir of a life lived on the margins can take its rightful place alongside The Basketball Diaries, Please Kill Me and Just Kids as a classic, blood-stained love letter to bohemian NYC Craig Marks Elias remains sympathetic as she tramples over her girlfriends, family and herself during the drug-addled chaos of Eighties New York ... This book is to be gulped whole Stylist Gritty, but brilliantly funny Sunday Telegraph Rayya Elias's clear-eyed account of her very messy New York life ... A post-punk misery memoir that never asks for your sympathy Herald Harley Loco succeeds because it conveys the appeal of a chaotic sex-and-drugs lifestyle ... Elias's perspective is often transparently self-deluding, but her voice is always appealing, and will doubtless find a warm and responsive audience Daily Telegraph Elias's writing (in her third language) is plain street, unliterary and compelling; her self-descriptions are impressive in their refusal to dodge or euphemise ... That she wrote it at all is a major achievement for Elias; somewhat fittingly, perhaps, it's a book that struggles with its own nature Aida Edemariam, Guardian -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Rayya Elias was born in Aleppo, Syria, in 1960 and moved to Detroit in 1967. She is a musician, hairdresser, filmmaker, and also sells real estate to make some extra scratch. She lives in New York City and Little York, New Jersey.

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A hard-hitting unapologetic memoir 7. Mai 2013
Von Jodi Chapters - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair, and Post-Punk, from the Middle East to the Lower East Side

Rayya Elias has given the world her life on a silver platter. She is incredibly candid about her sexuality and her struggle with addiction. The book is a hard-hitting, no holds barred, unapologetic memoir that's not for the faint hearted.

Being a memoir the book is obviously spoken in the narrative. What's incredible about the read is that Rayya's life plays out like a movie. You will have a hard time believing the woman actually lived each of the experiences; that the book is pure exaggeration or fiction but you would be wrong.

From her childhood in Syria escaping with her family from political unrest to the shores of America the journey of Rayya's life has been one of hardship but also filled with moments of triumph for her. A willful child from the time she could walk Raaya perfected the art of digging in her heels to get her way which often lead her headlong into reckless situations with punishing results.

Rayya has worn many hats from rock star, hairdresser, lesbian and now novelist. She owns each of her incarnations, not looking for sympathy or acceptance but what she does do with cathartic book is help people to realize addiction can be overcome with hard work, perseverance and the love and support of family and close friends.

Though the book is often a difficult read it is one I highly recommend. It's not a touchy feely light read to while away the afternoon at the cottage or beach but it is one that is full of impact. I applaud Rayya Elias for having the balls to put her life into words.

Disclaimer: The ARC of this book was given to me by Viking Books in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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AWESOME, STAGGERING, AMAZING 8. April 2013
Von Just News - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This is a brilliant memoir, with a unique voice. Somehow both tough-hearted and tender-hearted at the same time, this journey left me amazed at Elias's powerful spirit, and her stubbornness to overcome all obstacles to become such a clearly great person. Can't recommend it enough! You will want to read in one sitting. And the scenes of the music and street life of NYC in the 80's are so compelling and gritty...loved it.
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An ordinary life? No. A thousand times no. 12. April 2013
Von saysaah - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I was asked to review Harley Loco, a memoir written by a gay ex-junkie hairdresser who was born in Syria and made her way to the drug capital known as the East Village (via Detroit) where she made her name as a hairdresser/punk rock musician (yes, musician) while skipping, like Dorothy going to Oz, through all the rungs of junkie hell. I didn't want to read this book. First of all, I have personal knowledge of the Christian/middle-eastern family structure and any one of this brave girl's trifecta of secrets would take her out. For myself, a book about a world-class junkie who was also a world-class hairdresser? No. I was going on a long train ride and it was on my Kindle so I took a peek. I was surprised to see a preface by Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray Love, a memoir I found difficult to swallow whole hog. Yet I was intrigued by Gilbert's unabashed adoration of Ms. Elias and her book.

There are people who don't want - can't stand - an ordinary life. I know what that feels like. Rayya Elias, the narrator of this absorbing memoir could not tolerate being ordinary. If Eat, Pray, Love varnished the truth to make a good story, Elias left her truth beautifully unvarnished in Harley Loco and wrote a compelling memoir that pulled me in completely. Elias is a brave soul who is a magician at yanking her life out of the fire just as it begins to look like a descent into hard misery or worse. It's like reading a book version of The Perils of Pauline except Elias' perils are heartbreakingly real. With memoirs of the harrowing kind, you want to see redemption, you want a happy ending. This impressive memoir of a gay Syrian hairdresser with a musical bent whose demons come close to destroying her countless times is the happiest of endings.
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Primal 22. April 2014
Von april - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I chose a five star rating because I hated having to put this book down while I tended to life's chores. I read it in a day around doing some odd jobs but I certainly only wanted to be absorbed in the pages of this book. Rayya tells an honest raw story of an honest raw woman. I enjoyed reading this memoir and thank you Rayya for the day I spent along your path, I'm a better person for it :) much love xo
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Harley Loco: A true story 23. Juni 2014
Von Heather Watson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I heard Rayya interviewed in Australia and her warmth and humour made me want to discover more about her life. The book is well written, captures the imagination and gives insight into people living with dependencies and coping on a daily level. I'd recommend it to anyone with an interest in reality.
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