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Make Me: a memoir by Lisa Stathoplos

Make Me: a memoir

by Lisa Stathoplos

254 pages
A searingly honest and dark humored memoir exploring how one comes to be, to live in their own skin; exist in their very bones. In 1958 Lisa landed on this earth with a whack and a wail and a highly uncomfortable feeling that she shouldn’t be here.

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Make Me, Lisa Stathoplos’ searingly honest and dark humored memoir explores how one comes to be. Comes to live in their own skin; exist in their very bones. In 1958 Lisa landed on this earth with a whack and a wail and a highly uncomfortable feeling that she shouldn’t be here. Regardless, here she is. Born into a fusion of the French and the Greeks, Lisa’s wickedly smart and loving family nurtures her from fussy baby, “moody” child, into a passionate, rebellious young woman.

Set in the beauty of Southern Maine, with a few forays to the Caribbean, the Atlantic shipping lanes and Greece, Make Me is both as tempestuous and tranquil as the sea when Lisa takes us on her voyage toward acceptance and authenticity. Her stories of growing up Catholic, coming of age beside the turbulent Atlantic Ocean, discovering dance, her activism and becoming a successful professional actor as well as a fishwife, are fraught, rewarding and often hysterically funny.

Make Me follows Lisa’s memories in and out of chronological time, landing on the significant ones that shaped her most of all. The language is crisply straightforward, hauntingly witty, and emotionally fathomless. Make Me is an oceanic ride into Lisa’s very soul and should be read by anyone who is becoming who they truly are or has already arrived.

 

Reviews
“Lisa Stathoplos is as mesmerizing on the page as she is on the stage. She has given us a memoir that is witty, warm, wise and above all searingly honest. We would expect no less from an artist whose career is inseparable from the history of theatre in Maine.”
- Michael Rafkin, founding Artistic Director, Mad Horse Theatre
"So much is revealed on the slant, and her use of lyrics throughout creates a soundtrack of the times.... At last, her stunning honesty on stage is matched – in her telling of her own story."
- Mary Snell, MFA -- writer and poet; former staff writer and theater critic, Maine Sunday Telegram
"Throughout this memoir, Stathoplos’s candor and passion are scintillating and her scenes delicious in details....she shares with us the power of a life driven not just by talent and ambition, but by a ferociously abiding love.”
- Megan Grumbling, Megan writes poetry, criticism and essays, and dramatic works, and serves as an editor, teacher, and writing mentor.

 

 

About the Author
Lisa Stathoplos Lisa Stathoplos is an actor, voice artist and special education teacher/behavior specialist. She’s been acting on stage, film and video for forty years; teaching for twenty. Moving north from her beloved theatrical home, Portland, Maine, Lisa lives in Searsport with Michael and a motley collection of adopted furry creatures.

 

 

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