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Feb. 9th, 2009 11:53 am Books 8-11

House of Happy Endings: A Memoir, by Leslie Garis, 2/5/09
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.


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Date:February 9th, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
Patty's Got a Gun sounds fantastic.

But The Kiss, um, disturbing? I'm hoping it's not nonfiction, but it appears to be. Ewww.
Date:February 9th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC)
The Kiss, I'm afraid to say is indeed a memoir. I recently read a novel by Harrison that was shades of the situation she found herself in. It was called Exposure about a photographer who got famous taking intimate photos of his daughter. It was very fast-paced and now that I've read the memoir, where her real Dad did take photos of her, more disturbing.

When The Kiss came out there was a big hulla-ballou(?). Both books were good to read because they did a lot of time jumping, something I need to to in my own memoir manuscript.

Date:February 9th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
PS I read Paddy's got a gun in a day or so.