Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Memoiristic

I find this intriguing--that a father and son both released memoirs about the son's addiction to meth. The books are: Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Meth Addiction by David Sheff (Houghton Mifflin) and Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff (Ginee Seo Books, imprint of Simon & Schuster).


Since I'm working on a memoir and an historical novel that relates to addiction, I think these are must-reads for me. Besides, I'm intrigued by the idea of reading two very different perspectives on the same family saga.

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Other "memoir" news:
A best-selling Holocaust memoir has been revealed to be a fake. The author was never trapped in the Warsaw ghetto. Neither was she adopted by wolves who protected her from the Nazis, nor did she trek 1,900 miles across Europe in search of her deported parents or kill a German soldier in self-defense. She wasn’t even Jewish, The Associated Press reported. Misha Defonseca, 71, right, a Belgian writer living in Dudley, Mass., about 60 miles southwest of Boston, admitted through her lawyers last week that her book, “Misha: A Mémoire of the Holocaust Years,” translated into 18 language and adapted for the French feature film “Surviving With Wolves,” was a fantasy.

2 comments:

Jilly said...

LOL there's yet ANOTHER fake memoir - check today's NYT. What is wrong with people?

KATE EVANS said...

Whoa! (FYI, see: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/04/books/04fake.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&hp)

Last week I just read the NYT's glowing review of this book. What a trip.

I think one of the problems is a lack of literary imagination. People think something must be "TRUE" in order for it to convey a truth. A sad state of affairs for the novel.