Searching for John Hughes: Or Everything I Thought I Needed to Know about Life I Learned from Watching '80s Movies

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William Morrow & Company
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5.3 X 8.0 X 0.7 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Jason Diamond is an associate editor at Men's Journal, a columnist at Electric Literature, the former literary editor at Flavorwire, and the founding editor of Vol. 1 Brooklyn. He has been published by the New York Times, the Paris Review, New York magazine, the Believer, the New Republic, the New York Observer, Tablet, the Rumpus, the Awl, and many other places.


"Tells a heartbreaking story of restless youth, imposter syndrome, and the movies that help him make sense of it all...Makes me wnat to tell my parents and children how much I love them...and then curl up on the couch and watch The Breakfast Club." -- Emma Straub, author of the New York Times bestsellers Modern Lovers and The Vacationers

"With geniality, humor and charm, Diamond explores the ways in which cinematic fantasy can influence, overshadow, and help us to escape reality. This book is for anyone playing out an eternal adolescence." -- Melissa Broder, author of So Sad Today

"Jason Diamond writes with equal parts wit and candor about what happens when life diverges wildly from the suburban fairytales made popular by John Hughes. Diamond passionately conveys how lovely it is when we find less cinematic but harder earned happy endings on our own terms." -- Maris Kreizman, author of Slaughterhouse 90210

"Oh look, it's all my favorite things in one book: Chicago, New York City, punk rock, food, and existential crises...Bittersweet, charming and hilarious...details the longing and struggle of an aspiring writer with clarity, wit, and heart." -- Jami Attenberg, New York Times bestselilng author of The Middlesteins and Saint Mazie

"Both funny and heartbreaking, Diamond's memoir is not just an account of how one director's films impacted-and perhaps saved-his life. It is also a memorable reflection on what it means to let go of the past and grow up. A quirkily intelligent memoir of finding oneself in movies." -- Kirkus Reviews