The story follows James Murphy, who
lives an extraordinarily unique life learning ordinary life lessons to
which everyone can relate through his many misadventures. James'
misadventures feature everything from swindling friends out of valuable
baseball cards to run-ins with bullies and kids in Connecticut "gangs",
from awkward romantic heartbreak to family party fiascos, from
sophisticated pranks that build up to a court appearance and community
service to a death defying "rafting" incident.
This is a
fictionalized and dramatized adaptation of the author's autobiography
turned into a full-motion picture screenplay turned into a novella. It's
the unbelievable stories that are actually true. James isn't lying
about the magic beanstalk growing on his back porch. Or the monkey in
their tree—in New England. He did chase a UFO with his mother and
stopped her from killing his dad. Let's just say this book is a
collection of true stories made more entertaining and wrapped in a white
A Mostly Magnificent Memoir reminds us all that we
are social creatures—how our seemingly insignificant interactions with
others can significantly impact their lives. It reminds us how precious
life is and how grateful we should be for the people in our lives. It
reminds us that it is okay to laugh at our own misadventures because
life is too short not to.
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