Praise for “My Heart is an Idiot”

Named among the best books of the year by NPR, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, Amazon, The Chicago Tribune, and many more!

“[Davy's] capacity for serendipity and overshare is infectious.”The New York Times

“Rothbart is a born raconteur, with a soldier’s can-do spirit
and a poet’s mercurial soul.”
The New Yorker

“A popcorn-munching romp.”LA Times

“[Rothbart] has an unforced curiosity and a natural empathy that make him an ideal traveling companion…. Killingly funny.”The Washington Post

“Impressive… appealing… adventurous!”The New York Times Book Review

“Emotionally honest… thrums with clarity… a rollicking, funny read.”Baltimore City Paper

“A brutally honest, heartfelt and clever collection.”Time Out New York

“Endlessly readable… a soulful, action-packed dispatch from some dark but familiar province of the modern American experience.”Kansas City’s Pitch Weekly

“Scrappy and tender, charming and curious.”The Rumpus

“The energy and charisma of Rothbart’s voice can’t be denied.”Book Forum

“Achingly funny.”T: The New York Times Style Magazine

“Refreshing in its utter lack of pretension.”The Daily Beast

“Davy Rothbart is no stranger to sharing secrets.”The San Francisco Chronicle

“Hilarious… brave… there are very few books
I’ve read this year that I’ve enjoyed more.”
USA Today

“Comic, honest, and altogether relatable.”The Millions

“Davy Rothbart has the humor and purity of heart you want and need in an observer of contemporary American life. Without guile and with a belief in small towns, underdogs, love at first sight, the pull of the road, and the soulfulness of strangers, Rothbart is a kind of new-styled Bill Moyers — genuine, wide-eyed and hopeful.”Dave Eggers

“This book is fucking great! Nobody writes quite like Davy Rothbart, because nobody lives quite like Davy Rothbart — a true and funny ragged-hearted seeker of ecstasy, mystery and human connection. This book contains some of the most perfect and heartbreaking writing that I have ever read.”Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

“Welcome to the newly remodeled Heartbreak Hotel, where Davy Rothbart is the concierge. He’ll also unpack your underwear, restock the minibar, and perform standup comedy in the lounge.”Tom Robbins, author of Skinny Legs and All

“Tender, cool, funny, and utterly engaging, Davy Rothbart writes with a kind of warmth and cockeyed energy that makes you love him. This book is marvelous.”Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief

“In Davy Rothbart’s essays on heartache, mad love, the lowlife and the highlife, everybody is fascinating; everybody has something to say. The sentences speed you along down one narrative highway after another, and your tour guide is smart and funny and a real democrat: he has a sweet-tempered openness to experience that wins you over. This book breathes new life back into the personal essay, and these essays are a trip. Take that trip.”Charles Baxter, author of The Feast of Love

“Davy’s my kind of storyteller—honest, hilarious, deeply-feeling, and slightly cracked. This is the fresh voice we’ve been looking for.”Jim Carrol, Author of The Basketball Diaries

“I believe in Davy. He is a force to be reckoned with.”Ira Glass