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From the host of Everything Iconic with Danny Pellegrino comes a collection of stories you'll be glad didn't happen to you.
Think of the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you. Was it the time your high school cheer squad taunted you in front of the entire town? Was it the time your best friend's mom caught you streaking in all your naked, self-conscious glory? What about the time you accidentally threw a tooth at your dry cleaner or took an urn into Kohl's for some holiday shopping?
For Danny Pellegrino, the answer is all of the above.
Growing up as a closeted gay kid in small-town Ohio wasn't easy, and Danny has the stories to prove it. But coming of age in the 90s still meant something magical to Danny. The music, film, and celebrity moments of his youth were truly iconic, and his love for all things pop culture connected him to a world larger than the one he knew in the suburban Midwest. And through all the pains of growing up, Danny could always look to that world for hope—whether that meant bingeing The Nanny until he had the confidence of Fran Fine, belting out Brandy songs until his heartaches were healed, or watching semi-clothed Ryan Phillippe scenes until his cheeks burned from blushing.
With refreshing honesty and jaw-dropping absurdity, Danny invites readers to experience his most formative moments in life—from his hometown in Ohio to his hit podcast and career in entertainment today. How Do I Un-Remember This? is an unfiltered and all-too-relatable glimpse into Danny's life and the heartfelt and hilarious moments that shaped it. Although he wouldn't change them for the world, these stories are—unfortunately—true.
Podcaster and comedian Pellegrino (Fancy AF Cocktails) takes a humorous and heartfelt trip down memory lane in this candid account of the moments that shaped him. Growing up during the '90s as a "closeted kid" in a small Ohio town, Pellegrino had his fair share of misadventures—from streaking through the night on a dare to the unexpected trials of trying to get a family vacation off the ground, with very shaky results. For all the laughs his recollections induce, there's an equal amount of introspection and vulnerability on offer in his shrewd articulations of universal human anxieties: "Every year on my birthday, a sense of melancholy washes over me.... I feel judged by my peers, and all the while I'm scrolling IG and judging the celebrities... with a leftover Roadside Slider from the Cheesecake Factory in my free hand." He also elegantly writes of the challenges he faced and the gradual steps he took to openly admit to being gay ("Those years when you're figuring it all out can be mental torture, but... life doesn't stop when you come out. In fact, life begins because you're finally living it authentically"). Readers will adore this witty account of navigating life—and finding the joy in marching to the beat of one's own drum.