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2.0 out of 5 stars Irritating!, July 19, 2011
This review is from: In Spite of Everything: A Memoir (Hardcover)
I found this book to be profoundly irritating. At several points along the way, I had to put it down due to overwhelming frustrating. You bought a really expensive apartment in Park Slope? Aww, booo hoo!!! Oh no, you decided to spend 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS on a kitchen renovation, and now you're totally sad? Awww[...] First world problems, indeed.

She speaks from a place of extreme privilege, and whines her way through what is laughably called a "memoir". A memoir of what? She recounts very little actually "happening" and the book is mostly a stream-of-consciousness one-sided therapy session from a narcissist.

Bottom line: read this book if you enjoy lots of whining with very little reflection.
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Initial post: Sep 5, 2011 3:07:36 PM PDT
latchkeykid says:
I agree wholeheartedly. It's oddly unmoving and odder yet, for a memoir about not just one divorce, but two... it's BORING... and therefore hard to get through. I think it has something to do with the style of her writing-- she tells us what she does and why -- all roads lead back to being a child of divorce-- but she doesn't go deep and let us see her real struggles to figure it all out. It's true that not a lot happens and she comes across as unsympathetic and quite surface. In other words, she gives kids of divorce a bad name.

I think one of the most disappointing aspects for me is that her marriage is oddly not all that interesting or unique but somehow we get to a divorce. We go from marriage to babies to apartment purchase to kitchen renovation to home purchase to divorce... without any true sense of how the divorce came to pass. I think she would have been better served to have written the memoir in present tense so that we can be on the journey with her and she should have left the comparisons and analysis to the readers.

Posted on Jan 7, 2012 6:33:00 AM PST
Doran Blue says:
"The book is mostly a stream-of-consciousness one-sided therapy session from a narcissist." -- well put.
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