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Brando Skyhorse's 'Take This Man' looks back at a screwed-up childhood
Brando Skyhorse's 'Take This Man' looks back at a screwed-up childhood

If your name were Brando Skyhorse, you'd probably get a lot of practice telling your life story. You might wish you could just tell the story once, really well, and put it behind you. At least one person's name is Brando Skyhorse, and he's written a good memoir for anyone interested in late 20th century Los Angeles, in race and its discontents, or in screwed-up fatherless childhoods. As for putting it behind him, does anybody? Ever? Top this: Skyhorse grew up poor in a claustrophobic 1980s Echo Park home with a Chicana mother who pretended they were Native American, a bisexual grandmother who pretended she was straight, and five no-account stepfathers who each got out when...

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