Wicked and Weird

Wicked and Weird

The Amazing Tales of Buck 65

Book - 2015
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Star radio-host Rich Terfry presents the amazing tales of his alter ego, musician Buck 65, in this rollicking account of growing up poor, talented, baseball-obsessed, music-mad and girl-smitten.

With wit, style and a born writer's knack for telling detail, Rich Terfry gives us the wildly entertaining story of his unusual life through the eyes of his shy but brilliant and preternaturally observant alter-ego, Buck. Born in a small town in Nova Scotia to a mother who begins yelling at him the moment he is born and a father who keeps his own counsel, Buck imbibes fear and insecurity like other kids guzzle milk. Hobbled by his fears and demons, Buck almost disappears into the "evil in the woods" that lurks just beyond the town's border . . . until he is saved by three gifts: baseball, romantic love and music. His epic journey#65533;#65533;--full of diversions, coincidences, and larger-than-life characters--out of the darkness of his suicide-plagued childhood and into the bright wide world begins with a killer pitching arm (Buck almost makes it to the pros) and continues with his transformation into hip hop artist Buck 65. Along the way, Buck develops into a hopeless romantic and an obsessively creative, shape-shifting man who both fears life and dives into it with abandon. Wicked and Weird is a lively, sometimes shocking portrait of a life lived on the edge, by turns funny and heartbreaking.
Publisher: Toronto :, Doubleday Canada,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780385679725
Branch Call Number: 781.649 BUC
Characteristics: vii, 229 pages

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Sep 12, 2016

You know - Had born'n'bred Maritimer, Rich Terfry (aka, Buck 65) not been a fellow countryman (aka. a Canadian) - Then, you can be sure, I probably wouldn't have given his (partially fictionalized) autobiography, Wicked & Weird, a 3-star rating. No way. I would have, very likely, docked it a point, or two.

But, let me tell ya - With "Wicked & Weird" being the title of his book - I was certainly expecting a whole lot more from Terfry's story than he inevitably delivered. I really was.

'Cause, if you ask me - (From where I was sitting) - I thought that a much more appropriate title for his rather drab and redundant life-story would have been - "Tame & Ordinary".

Yes. It's true. Tame and ordinary was all that this particular story amounted to, in my opinion.

Anyway - Let's face it - Had Terfry actually called his book "Tame & Ordinary", then he wouldn't have ever been able to seduce readers, like myself, into checking it out. Now, would he!?

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