A wonderful memoir about not so wonderful times. Garis grew up in a house of writers, some more successful, some less. It turns out that most of the "happy endings" are only in the fictions that they produce.
I Never Thought Addiction Could Happen to Me, by Loree Taylor Jordan, 2/6/09
Don't try to sneak an addiction by this author, she's seen it all before. Jordan's book gives great information to college students and young adults who may be wondering if their behaviors are simply bad habits or something more devastating. Jordan breaks it down and spells it out.
Patty's Got a Gun: Patricia Hearst in 1970s America, by William Graebner, 2/6/09
Poor little rich girl with an automatic weapon. Kidnapped heiress, Paddy Hearst, captivated the world when she appeared in a bank as part of a crew of revolutionaries who were liberating the funds there. Graebner spins Paddy's tale, from terrifying capture, through the weeks spent in a closet deprived of freedom and enduring sexual assault, and into her apparent transformation into "urban guerrilla." While he can't completely answer the burning question of the effect of her kidnapping had on her radical political views, he puts the ordeal into a cultural context that is fascinating.
The Kiss: A Memoir, by Kathryn Harrison, 2/7/09
When Kathryn's long-absent father slipped her the tongue in an airport, it changed the course of her life. They began a consuming, and ultimately deadening affair that ate her up -- body and soul. Remarkable, disturbing, and lightening paced, this book blew my socks off.