Loves and Lunacies

A Surreal Memoir

by Doris Vallejo & Photographs by Maya Vallejo



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/22/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 102
ISBN : 9781480822368
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 102
ISBN : 9781480822375
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 102
ISBN : 9781480822382

About the Book

“Loves and Lunacies: a surreal memoir is a fascinating, charismatic cross between Erica Jong and Kafka. Doris Vallejo not only provides joy and wisdom, she’s invented her own sexy genre.”

—Susan Shapiro, author of the memoir,

Five Men Who Broke My Heart.

“Outstanding! Maya Vallejo’s fanciful. humorous imagery exhibits a mature sophistication that transcends the usual visions most young photographers have when approaching a parent. I’m not sure where Maya’s work is headed in the future, but there will be a future for it. Of that I am sure.”

—Ken Marcus, photographer for Playboy and Muscle & Fitness, specializing in fine art and erotic photography.

“I like a writer who loses her head in the right way, giving voice to her darker, deeper impulses. Doris Vallejo not only does that, she writes (in one of her memorable tales) about literally losing her head, an event that... But why should I spoil your fun. Read the book.”

—Gerald Jonas, book reviewer for The New York Times.

Praise For Former Work

“I am overwhelmed by Doris Vallejo’s Windsound. There is a depth and a degree of tenderness in this remarkable novel, a depth and a degree of sensitivity that I, all my life an ardent feminist, find most mysterious and most wonderful about women.

—Theodore Sturgeon

About the Author

Doris Vallejo is the author of "Windsound," "Enchantment," "Ladies: Retold Tales of Goddess and Heroines," a children's book, "The Boy Who Saved the Stars," and bodybuilding articles for FLEX and MUSCLE & FITNESS. She has also trained and shown horses, taught creative writing, worked as an artist's model, a fashion illustrator, an EMT, and a Mental Health Counselor.

Her daughter, Maya Vallejo, has worked as a professional photographer for more than 20 years during which she developed a passion for creating images that capture the unique personalities of her various models. She has photographed weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, portraits, new born babies, and has often been called "The baby whisperer" for her uncanny ability to make even crying babies stop crying and smile.