About the Author
Table of Contents1. But Enough About Me, What Do You Think of My Memoir?
3. Circa 1959
4. The Marks of Time
5. "Why Am I Not that Woman?''
Epilogue: My Grandfather's Cigarette Case, or What I Learned in Memphis
What People are Saying About This
In her poignant, mesmerizing new book, Nancy Miller presents the definitive defense of memoir, that much-maligned genre: autobiography, she proves, is not a solipsistic act, but a communal, relational practice. Her clear prose, brimming with ironies, gives unadulterated pleasure; blending narrative and analysis it sets a stylish new standard for innovative critical writing.
Wayne Koestenbaum, author of The Queen' s Throat
Miller's strikingly original voice surprises and delights readers with insights into the paradox of memoir -- that the stories we tell about ourselves intimately connect us to other people.
Susan Gubar, co-author of The Madwoman in the Attic
But Enough About Me is doubly graced: being both a brilliant comic memoir about coming of age in the 1950s and 1960s and a passionate defense of the autobiographer's art. Nancy K. Miller has been writing extraordinary books for some time now, but for eloquence, daring, and sheer moral sentience her new book comes as close to perfection as anything she has done. She is profound on the subject of what 'life-writing' means for women -- she thinks it, paradoxically, our best rebuke to narcissism and self-absorption -- then proves it by way of a personal narrative in which wit, truthfulness, and a deep respect for the lives of others combine in an equal and inspiriting measure.
Terry Castle, author of Boss Ladies, Watch Out: Essays on Women, Sex and Writing
With a touch as light as it is deft, her memoir connects the dots that are some of this century's 'collective turning points,' just by telling where she was, what she was reading and wearing. I can't remember when I last read a work of non-fiction that gave me so much pleasure from beginning to end.
Diane Middlebrook, author of Anne Sexton: A Biography