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David Shields…[Monson] turns the banality of nonfiction inside out and thereby makes nonfiction a staging area to investigate claims of fact and truth, an extremely rich theater for exploring the most serious ontological questions…As Lauren Slater wrote in her book Lying, "There's only one kind of memoir I can see to write, and that's a slippery, playful, impish, exasperating text, shaped, if it could be, like a question mark." Memoir is dead. Long live the anti-memoir, built from scraps.
—The New York Times