Fiction Ruined My Family

Fiction Ruined My Family

Book - 2011
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"A deeply funny and bittersweet memoir of having grown up in an eccentric family of faded wealth and gentility (think shades of Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums) in which the father's failed dreams of being a writer put the family in the poor-house, drove the mother to weepy alcoholism, and provided Jeanne with a highly unusual approach to life--and a wicked sense of humor"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2011
ISBN: 9781594488146
1594488142
Branch Call Number: B DARST
Characteristics: 303 p. ; 22 cm

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book100_0
Apr 20, 2017

Documentation of irresponsible behavior is simply not entertaining.

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LT
Dec 03, 2013

I found the author's arch self-awareness irritating, but she is an articulate and effective writer.

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cindyb1119
Jun 20, 2012

Chose not to finish reading it.

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BernieShe
May 06, 2012

I did laugh out loud at times, and she is a crackerjack writer (terrific). But I winced at "TMI" -- too much information. Somehow it's easier to deal with in fiction, the icky details, but to know the author's incredibly gross personal life, no, thanks.
Could have been just as good without those scenes, I think.

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jenzbooks
Mar 06, 2012

If you've ever wondered how people turn into their parents as they age, this book will show you! It's funny, tragic and uplifting all at the same time as the author describes her family and the bizarre slide into depression they take before Darst figures out what's happening. I thought this book was going to be funnier than it was, but I kept reading because it moved me.

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