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At Home in the World: A Memoir by Joyce Maynard
At Home in the World: A Memoir

dutchessabroad, July 12, 2009

After reading At Home in the World by Joyce Maynard I have the feeling I now know more about the author and the famously reclusive Jerry Salinger than I should. Still there's something shamefully delicious about pouring over the lives of other people. Memoirs are per definition self involved, but when combining object with subject results in a compelling (auto-) biographical read, what is there to do, but just that: read.
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Dream Catcher: A Memoir by Margaret Ann Salinger
Dream Catcher: A Memoir

dutchessabroad, July 12, 2009

The first 100 pages cover the author's parents' life before her birth and clarify why her famous father may have become the recluse he is.
Ms. Salinger's rebuke at the address of biographer Ian Hamilton for suggesting that Salinger "didn't bother to become a professor", sheds clarifying light on the role that antisemitism played in her father's career and life.
About her arrival in the world, Ms. Salinger writes: "I was on a collision course with my father's fiction." And while Salinger "became enchanted" with his baby daughter, that line pretty much sums up their relationship. For as becomes clear in reading Dream Catcher, Salinger's children were as much his inspiration as a source of irritation.

As is often the case in memoirs written by children of famous parents, Ms. Salinger's has a tugging undertow of barely resolved issues, which contradict the supposed resolve of the main storyline. No wonder, for in the author-father's (neurotic) quest for perfection, the child can't but disappoint, even if that's what only the child perceives.

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The Ungarnished Truth: A Cooking Contest Memoir by Ellie Mathews
The Ungarnished Truth: A Cooking Contest Memoir

dutchessabroad, January 31, 2009

Fun and enlightening read. Mesmerized by the author's refreshing and intimate report on the world of food contests, and personal life, I at times gasped for air. Think Quaker at Festival of Dionysius. The author's dead pan delivery ("unimpassioned quality" as Publishers Weekly called it) is clearly fueled by motivation of simplicity, integrity, equality, community, and peace.
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Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
Winter's Tale

dutchessabroad, September 14, 2008

21 years ago I found a "well read" copy of Winter's Tale in a guesthouse in Deya on the isle of Mallorca. Never heard of the author before, and I thought I was past wanting to read "fantasy". Yet this (to me) unknown writer drew me into a world so imaginative, so enthralling, and so utterly believable, that I couldn't put it down, and then didn't want it to end.
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Remind Me Who I Am Again by Linda Grant
Remind Me Who I Am Again

dutchessabroad, September 12, 2008

Excellent companion guide for anyone caring for an aging parent who suffers from dementia. Apart from that a compelling memoir about children of the diaspora.
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