My Life as a Misfit

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A short collection of memoirs about growing up in the 1980s. My Life as a Misfit reveals tales of square dancing in a sweaty cafeteria to the picky eater’s misfortune of sitting at the dinner table after everyone else is long gone. More

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  • Category: Essay » Author profile
  • Words: 11,760
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781465959706
About Susan Oloier

Susan Oloier lives in Southwest Colorado with her husband and two sons where she skis when it's cold and hikes when it's warm.

After working in both finance and teaching, with a single audition at an acting agency, Susan went back to her first love, which is writing. She has been published in national and regional publications, as well as online. You can find her lurking about on her blog at

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Kathy Sharp reviewed on on April 26, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed reading these short stories in one sitting. Although I wasn’t a school kid in the 80’s, these engaging, sometimes painfully humorous stories brought back memories for me, too. I would definitely recommend this as a fun, easy read. I also enjoyed the sneak peak of the upcoming adult novel. I look forward to more from Susan Oloier.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Jennifer Salerno reviewed on on Feb. 27, 2012

If you grew up in the 80s you can’t miss this memoir. This collection of short stories is incredibly amusing from the stereotypical social casting system of middle school to mother enforced home permanents.

The classmate nicknames of “Poodle Head,” and Tito, “The Frito,” will make you either squirm with embarrassment or laugh out loud. Oloier’s descriptive language truly jumps from the page. The stigma of glasses and a poor hairstyle seems to play a large negative role in Oloier’s early life, but her comedic narrative transports any pain into hysterical stories in which many of us can relate.

This is a short 35 page sample of the natural and funny way Oloier’s spins language and creates stories.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
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