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Three Local Memoirs to Read Right Now

New books tackle LSD, life in the circus, and douchebags. 


An Omnivore Trips Out
How to Change Your Mind, by Michael Pollan
In which Berkeley’s resident food-science expert goes in deep on LSD and psilocybin research and the hallucinogens’ potential to treat depression, addiction, and even the anxieties of normal life. (Penguin Press, May 15)

Teatime for the Soul
Against Memoir, by Michelle Tea
Over 24 essays, the former San Franciscan turns her razor wit to themes of art, sex, and life—including in “How to Not Be a Queer Douchebag.” (Feminist Press, May 8)

A Circus Runaway Tells All
The Electric Woman, By Tessa Fontaine
“The trick is there is no trick,” explains Tessa Fontaine in her debut. “You eat fire by eating fire.” Fontaine joined up with the country’s last touring circus sideshow in 2013, learning to eat fire and perform other apparently liberating acts of self-destruction. (FSG, May 1)


Originally published in the May issue of San Francisco 

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