Entertainment Books Perishable By Nicholas Fonseca Nicholas Fonseca Nicholas Fonseca watches ''Days of Our Lives'' religiously and thinks washing dishes by hand is the cheapest form of therapy on earth. People Editorial Guidelines Published on April 7, 2006 04:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email How many dysfunctional-family memoirs can readers take? Those who’ve savored the shocking tales of Mary Karr, Augusten Burroughs, and Jeannette Walls will find a similar — if less accomplished — voice in Perishable, Dirk Jamison’s account of his wacky, somewhat depressing boyhood. His itinerant dad was a screw-the-Man Dumpster diver whose obsession with ”freedom” was both a call to enlightenment and a baffling burden that left his son scarred enough to put pen to paper. Despite moving episodes involving his wise (but weak) mother, a feeling of incompleteness pervades this slim volume. Ultimately, Jamison’s juiciest stories (about his violent older sister, a lecherous scoutmaster, and his uterine-cancer-stricken dog) feel half-told.