(Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

Brando Skyhorse at home. (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

If you’re always complaining about your messed-up childhood and your wacko family, then you might want to read Brando Skyhorse’s memoir, Take this Manfor some perspective. Skyhorse, whose novel The Madonnas of Echo Park earned him the 2011 PEN/Hemingway Award, grew up in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Although entirely Mexican-American by descent, he was raised by his compulsively colorful mother (assisted by his grandmother and five successive eccentric stepfathers) to believe that he was a Native American.
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