Sunday, April 21, 2013

Five top autobiographical books putatively devoted to other subjects

Sarah Manguso's memoir is The Guardians: An Elegy for a Friend.

One of her five favorite examples of autobiographical writing putatively devoted to other subjects, as told to The Daily Beast:
My Brother
by Jamaica Kincaid

In examining the circumstances of her brother’s death of AIDS, Kincaid is forced also to reconsider her loathing for her mother, her avoidance of Antigua (her birthplace), and her various old guilts. No matter how early or how completely she believed she’d escaped the members of her birth family, they shape her fate—and she shapes theirs.
Read about another book on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue