Monday, January 15, 2007

Lipstick & Magazines #67: Lives

I recently finished two memoirs and am pondering how we find the books we read, how sometimes they flow into and through each other, how often reading one will add depth and meaning to another.

The two memoirs are About Alice, Calvin Trillin's slim and lovely ode to his recently deceased wife, and A Three Dog Life, Abigail Thomas' poetic piece about her life after her husband Rich is hit by a car and suffers a life changing traumatic brain injury. Both books are heartbreaking and lovely; both are perfect books to read at the start of a new year, to shine a light on how important it is to treasure the love and connection you have in your life, in whatever form or gesture it takes.

It's been a good couple of years for memoirs, Frey-controversies notwithstanding. Here are some of the others that I've enjoyed:

*Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
*Grayson by Lynne Cox (how can you not love a sweet memoir about finding oneself swimming with a baby whale?)
*Eat Pray Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by
Elizabeth Gilbert
*Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger by Nigel Slater
*Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres

And note that if you're a Trillin fan, he'll be at Books Inc. Opera Plaza in SF on January 24th, 7pm!

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