Picks and Pans Review: Everybody into the Pool

updated 07/18/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/18/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

By Beth Lisick
CRITIC'S CHOICE

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Beth Lisick is a San Francisco-area writer, comedian, musician, spoken-word artist and independent film actress. She's also not above wearing a foam banana mascot suit to make a buck. With frenetic turns of phrase and a winking take on her past, Lisick constructs a memoir based on high comedy. Chapters include tales like "Nuns in Trouble," about the time she stole $40 from a Catholic fundraiser to help pay for her abortion; "A Bed and a Breakfast," in which she details the time she and her squeeze found their apartment flooded with sewage and she decided he was the love of her life; and "My Way or the Bi-Way," about testing her sexuality in Provincetown with a lesbian construction worker named Trouble. Throughout, Lisick's self-effacing voice keeps the book moving at a brisk pace, and her sense of humor makes even the more ridiculous aspects of her history appealing.

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