About David Sterry

David Henry Sterry is the author of 16 books, a performer, muckraker, educator, book editor, activist, and book doctor. His first memoir, Chicken, was an international bestseller, and has been translated into 10 languages. “As laconic as Dashiell Hammett, as viscerally hallucinogenic as Hunter S Thompson. Sex, violence, drugs, love, hate, and great writing, what more could you ask for?” – The Irish Times.

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Satchel Sez by David Sterry and Arielle Eckstut

Buy the book. HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY, SATCHEL! Satchel Sez The Wit, Wisdom, and World of Leroy “Satchel” Paige by David Sterry and Arielle Eckstut Who was the highest paid athlete in America in 1945? Which baseball player is credited with 300 shutouts, 55 no-hitters, and 64 consecutive scoreless innings? Which pitcher won three games on […]

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Excerpt: Bone, Cornhole Charley, an Me

This whole mad shitski started at NBA’s crib, which is seven shades of narsty, with, like, black banana peels and nacho Dorito fossils from 1984 buried under three layers of tall boys, with this skanko-funk-o-rama hangin so thick you can taste it. NBA, naturally, he’s toasted like a bagel. Me, I’m layin low cuz my […]

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Chicken in Erotica.com: “A page-turner”

“Terrifically readable… Sterry’s an adventurer who happens to feel and think deeply. He’s written a thoroughly absorbing story sensitively and with great compassion… A page-turner… This is a strange story told easily and well.” — Eileen Berdon, Erotica.com To see more & buy book, click here.

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What People Said About Chicken: A-1 Ho Show

Chicken: A 1-Ho Show “The show was great to see! David is an awesome performer/actor/writer. Pure poetry in motion. Nice to finally get the hetero male perspective of sex work.” – Annie Sprinkles. *** “The show was absolute amazing and to let me know if he’s showing it again as I’d love to invite more […]

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Time Out San Francisco

“A funny, poignant story that examines issues both hard-hitting and universal.” — Time Out San Francisco

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The San Francisco Weekly on Chicken: “Humor, energy, & a sharp eye

“Sterry tells a sad and harrowing story with humor, energy, and a sharp eye for the sort of characters an ‘industrial sex technician’ might meet in the weird aftermath of the ‘60s.” — Michael Scott Moore, The San Francisco Weekly (Theater section)   To buy Chicken, click here.  

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The San Francisco Examiner on Chicken: “A Rare Pleasure”

“Experiencing [Sterry’s] natural ear for rhythm and timing, we are reminded of what a rare pleasure it is to see a writer perform his own work. Much like beat poetry, Sterry’s carefully crafted, simple language infuses mundane situations with dream-like profundity…Sterry’s portrayal of his 17-year-old self is immediately honest and believable. In fact, the character’s […]

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The San Francisco Chronicle Reviews Chicken, the 1-Ho Show

“Poignant, humorous…a rare pleasure…funny, moving and original…an exceptional, comically idiosyncratic and revealingly honest look at life in difficult times…Much of the material in the 85-minute one-act is hilarious…Sterry is a sharp comic, using his limber body and versatile voice to create memorably funny portraits of the hungry, lonely, wealthy women who employ his services…Sterry needs […]

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Josh Cohen, WZZR on Chicken: “I Couldn’t Put it Down”

“Written so well… eloquent, amazing… I couldn’t put it down!” — Josh Cohen, WZZR Radio To buy, click here.

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Chicken Review: “Dark wit and considerable compassion… wickedly funny, baroque”

“Jawdropping… Even as confessional memoirs go, David Sterry’s Chicken stands out from the rest. Alternately farcical, grotesque, brutal and sad… A carefully crafted piece of work… Gives the famous encounter between Dennis Hopper and Isabella Rossellini in “Blue Velvet” a run for its money.” “Dark wit and considerable compassion… wickedly funny, baroque… sadly, even touchingly […]

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Spectator Magazine Dr. Carol Queen on Chicken: “Super-readable roller coaster”all

“His memoir is a super-readable roller coaster — the story of a young man who sees more of the sexual world in one year than most people ever do.” — Dr. Carol Queen, Spectator Magazine To buy Chicken click here.

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Readers Write About Chicken: “Like Kerouac, I HAD to read it in one sitting”

Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man for Rent – to buy click here. Incredible… your book, it’s like Kerouac. I loved it so much, I HAD to read it in one sitting. I can’t wait for the next book. I really can’t express how splendid, wonderful, excellent, clever…. (I’m running out of adjectives) your presentation […]

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The Observer on Chicken: “Very funny. A side of the sex-worker’s story that’s rarely heard”

“It’s a breezy read, pleasingly free of self-pity. Sterry judges the tone carefully. He’s unflinching and perceptive without being mawkish, and often very funny. And the side of the sex-worker’s story he tells is a rarely heard one. — The Observer To buy Chicken click here.

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Details Magazine

      “Priceless material…” — Details Magazine

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BBC 1

“Humorous and charming… Outrageous and entertaining…” — Michael Williams, BBC 1

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BBC Radio

  A beautiful book… a real work of literature… wonderfully written.” — Vanessa Feltz, BBC Radio

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Chicken Review, Book News, UK

“Jawdropping… Even as confessional memoirs go, David Sterry’s Chicken stands out from the rest. Alternately farcical, grotesque, brutal and sad… A carefully crafted piece of work… Gives the famous encounter between Dennis Hoppe and Isabella Rossellini in ‘Blue Velvet’ a run for its money.” — Benedicte Page, Book News, UK

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The New York Times Review of Chicken

“David Henry Sterry has honed a vibrant outrageous style, and turned out this studiously wild souvenir of a checkered past.” — The New York Times

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The San Francisco Bay Guardian Reviews Chicken

[A] refreshingly affectionate portrayal of a naïve young man’s first taste of Los Angeles in mid 1970s…Sterry expertly and economically brings the parade of pimps, nuns, debutantes, rapists, and sexual deviants who populate his past to life…he attacks his evocative prose like a grizzled beatnik poet hitting a home run. — The San Francisco Bay […]

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