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Fiction Ruined My Family

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    Wonderful humorous memoir

    I am complete stranger to the writer and have nothing to gain or lose by writing this review, other than sharing something that I enjoyed.

    I saw Ms Darst read from her book at BookCourt in Brooklyn, and got a sense of her "scrappy" personality and deadpan humor. I picked up the book right after that and finished it in two evenings.

    I think this book is one of the best in the genre of humorous memoir, right up there with works by Sara Barron, Wendy Burden, and Haven Kimmel. Jeanne has some great characters to work with, particularly her father. One of the key insights is "Like all tragic heroes he has a fundamental lack of self-awareness." She also makes herself the target of much of the humor. She realizes that she inherited some of the traits of both her mother and her father, and is constantly trying to prove that "I am not an id-i-ot."

    Let me give one example of her humor. "As a kid I was absolutely terrified of cliches. My father forbade them in our home... They were gateway language leading straight to a business major, a golfy marriage, needlepoint pillows that said things about your golf game, and a self-inflicted gunshot to your head that your family called a heart attach in your alma mater announcements."

    Besides the humor, I like the writer's unsentimental exploration of her emotions about the decline of her parents, and her own struggle as a starving artist.

    I highly recommend this book to other readers. You will laugh.

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    Posted April 23, 2013

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    Falls asleep* ((ou need to buy baby stuff

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