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The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo-Saxon Jew (American Lives) Paperback – March 1, 2014
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But this collection isn't just focused on "wasn't that weird?!" It goes much deeper than that. These essays truly explore what identity is all about, and how we construct identities and tear them down as needed. Silverman uses her fascination with Pat Boone as an excellent metaphor for this search for identity--who are we, after all?
I loved the writing, I loved the way that the essays jumped around in space and time, I loved the way Silverman walks this line between hilarity and grief. It's a great collection.
On first reading, a few essays seemed too clever, or were for me, challengingly hoping to dazzle with virtuosity and unfettered imagination when I just wanted to find out what happens with Sue--her marriage(s), her search for wholeness, her herky jerky and implied path toward the writer's life. Nonetheless some readers will adore these creative asides--and I might appreciate them more on second reading, having slaked my thirst for knowing what happens next.
Silverman's sheer diversity and mastery of techniques mostly pleases, however. After three rather traditional chapters that launch the book, she jumps back in time, employs second-person point of view and present tense, includes regular direct-address letters to the reader, sometimes uses subheads, and even incorporates some short quizzes.
This unique and thrilling memoir is a gift to readers, writers, and students of memoir and creative nonfiction.
Did I mention that I totally loved this book?