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Gorgeous but dark memoir,
This review is from: Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of My Appetites (Hardcover)
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Kate Christensen is a celebrated fiction author who turns her pen to non-fiction in her memoir Blue Plate Special. It's a reflection on Christensen's life experiences, told through the prism of food, and it's a dark but beautiful read.
Christensen writes a brutally honest memoir in Blue Plate Special. She doesn't hide her flaws, doesn't try to sugarcoat things for the reader. It's intensely personal and raw at times; Christensen bares all, and it shows on every page of the book. She hasn't had an easy life, dealing with her parents' divorce, her mother's depression, physical and sexual abuse, and more, and she recounts these experiences with frankness for the reader. Her writing is beautiful, and eases the difficulty of some of these serious subjects, and the refuge she takes in food is a constant theme. Viewing these experiences through food makes them somehow easier to bear, for the reader and likely for Christensen herself as she remembers them. It's a safe place, a haven, a shelter, and it's everpresent throughout the memoir.
If you enjoy food writing and searing, honest memoirs, this is a must read for you.