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Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir

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In this powerful and provocative new memoir, award-winning author Lauren Slater forces readers to redraw the boundary between what we know as fact and what we believe through the creation of our own personal fictions. Mixing memoir with mendacity, Slater examines memories of her youth, when after being diagnosed with a strange illness she developed seizures and neurological disturbances — and the compulsion to lie. Openly questioning the reliability of memoir itself, Slater presents the mesmerizing story of a young woman who discovers not only what plagues her but also what cures her — the birth of her sensuality, her creativity as an artist, and storytelling as an act of healing.

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In this unusual memoir, Slater — diagnosed with a strange illness afflicting her memory — brilliantly explores a mind under siege, telling her personal story of seizures, diagnoses, misdiagnosis and cures.

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A 1999 National Magazine Award nominee, Lauren Slater has a masters degree in psychology from Harvard University and a doctorate from Boston University. Her work was chosen for the Best American Essays/Most Notable Essays volumes of 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999. Her previous book, Lying, was chosen by Entertainment Weekly as one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2000. Slater lives with her family in Massachusetts.

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Almeda Roth, February 24, 2010 (view all comments by Almeda Roth)
This is an interesting read for anyone who likes to explore the blurry line between fiction and nonfiction. Slater's prose is just gorgeous, and she puts it to good use in this memoir, with intimate symbols and vivid imagery that come looping back again and again. The whole thing is about illness as a metaphor, diagnosis as a narrative truth, facts as constantly changing, themes of control and surrender. I've read it twice-- the first time I read it shaking my head; the second time, I read it nodding along.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142000069
Author:
Slater, Lauren
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Social Scientists & Psychologists
Subject:
Specific Groups - Special Needs
Subject:
Truthfulness and falsehood
Subject:
Epilepsy
Subject:
Epileptics
Subject:
Health
Subject:
Slater, Lauren - Health
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Social Scientists and Psychologists
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
Nr. 181-183
Publication Date:
20011031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.77x5.09x.46 in. .37 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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