Category: Fictional Memoir

Review: In One Person by John Irving

In One Person by John Irving Final Verdict: 3.25 out of 4.0 YTD: 18 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable. Irving is known for his bold approach to sexuality and the social/familial “other.”  This latest is no exception to that well-established reputation. …

Review: Save Me the Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald

Save  Me the Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 16 Plot/Story: 3 – Plot/Story is interesting & believable. Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald was the troubled wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, one of the most famous American writers of all-time.  Save…

Review: Nothing Like the Sun by Anthony Burgess

Summary:  Anthony Burgess’s Nothing Like the Sun is a highly fascinating, albeit fictional, re-telling of Shakespeare’s love life.  In 234 pages, Burgess manages to introduce his reader to a young Shakespeare, developing into manhood and clumsily fumbling his way through his first sexual escapade…

Review: Ambidextrous by Felice Picano

Ambidextrous: The Secret Lives of Children is part one of a three-part memoir trilogy, recounting events of the author, Felice Picano’s youth and life. Upon finishing, I found the blurb “not so much secret, as just forgotten” quite appropriate. As we age, much of the passion,…

Review: A Boy’s Own Story by Edmund White

A refreshingly realistic tale of a gay boy’s “coming of age.” White makes a point of expressing his distaste for fanciful boy’s tales in which all boarding schools are brothels of young sex and violence, then proceeds to tell a painfully true story (autobiographic)…

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