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July 6, 201615 min
From pop-culture personality, Esquire.com columnist, and former MTV VJ Dave Holmes, the hilarious memoir of a perpetual outsider trying to find his way in, set to the soundtrack of the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s. Dave Holmes knows a little something about being an outsider. Growing up in the Midwest, he was the artsy son in an athletic family—more likely to be found roller-skating to the Xanadu soundtrack or dressing up as Mick Jagger than playing sports with his older brothers. At his all-boys high school and Catholic college, he was the closeted gay kid surrounded by crush-worthy straight guys right out of a J.Crew catalogue. And in the MTV era of slick boy bands and glossy pop stars, he was the chubby second-place VJ who got hired because he actually knew music. In his delightfully charming memoir, PARTY OF ONE: A Memoir in 21 Songs (Crown Archetype; $26.00; On Sale June 28, 2016), Dave takes readers on his fumbling journey to self-acceptance, from a youth spent dreaming of the inner ci

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