"Required Reading" in Mary Karr's The Art of Memoir; Amazon Best Book of May 2015; Book Chase 2015 Top 10 Nonfiction
"Whoever said you can’t get sober for someone else, never met my mother, Mama Jean," I write in my darkly comic and poignant memoir, Dangerous When Wet. It's about my long struggle with alcohol, my complicated relationship with Mama Jean, and my sexuality. From the age of five in the smallish town of Beaumont, Texas all I wanted was to be at a party with a drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other and all Mama Jean wanted was to keep me at that age, her Jamie doll forever. A Texan Elizabeth Taylor with the split personality of Auntie Mame and Mama Rose, always camera-ready and flamboyantly outspoken, Mama Jean haunted me my whole life. I take you on my journey from Texas to a high-profile career in book publishing amid New York's glamorous drinking life to my near-fatal descent into alcoholism. After Mama Jean ushers me into rehab and I begin to dig out of the hole of alcoholism, I almost miss my chance to prove that I love her as much as she loves me. Bitingly funny, raw, and insightful (so they tell me), Dangerous When Wet is my story of getting very drunk and sobering up told through the lens of a unique relationship between this son and his mother.
Dangerous When Wet: Soaked in Praise
“Move over Augusten Burroughs. You've got company.” —Wally Lamb
“Jamie is an original, entertaining voice and a totally wonderful talent.”
—George Hodgman, author of Bettyville
“Jamie Brickhouse has seen the darkness, and emerged a happier, stronger person. His book is sensitive and thoughtful, tinged with hilarity and heartbreak, and as bubbly as a champagne flute of Asti Spumante. Drink it.”
—Henry Alford, New York Times columnist and author of Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That?
“Laugh-out-loud read. . . It’s about a rather outlandish gay man and his co-dependent relationship with his larger-than-life Texas mom. She’s got big hair and a big personality. It’s really funny, but also heart warming too.”
—John Searles, Weekend Today Show
“There’s no shortage out there of addiction memoirs. . . but few include a mother figure as towering as Mama Jean. . .”