Sunday, November 06, 2011

Book Review: Please Excuse My Daughter by Julie Klam

Please Excuse My Daughter: A MemoirPlease Excuse My Daughter: A Memoir by Julie Klam

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a writer considering a memoir-esque novel, I picked this up purely for that reason. I'd never heard of Julie Klam before but it looked like it might be good and I'm trying to study other authors takes on their own lives. Julie is so human, so 'girl', so there in her 'not there' way that I read through with a new awareness of what it means to put yourself out in the world, literally, not just a fictional story you wrote, but your own story. She isn't overly emotional about what she writes but you still get "it." I like that she's so close to her mother (I am too, to mine of course). As a fellow dog lover I like that she's gone on to write and do so much for them. She has inspired me to think outside my notions of risk and perhaps take a chance. This book honors the humanity in us all.

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