Thursday, September 23, 2010

Thoughts for Thursday

Have you finished any must-read memoirs lately? Are there any interesting ones on your to-read list?

It's actually been awhile since I've read a memoir. I came across one recently that I definitely want to read: Half a Life by Darin Strauss.

“Half my life ago, I killed a girl.”

So begins Darin Strauss’ Half a Life, the true story of how one outing in his father’s Oldsmobile resulted in the death of a classmate and the beginning of a different, darker life for the author. We follow Strauss as he explores his startling past—collision, funeral, the queasy drama of a high-stakes court case—and what starts as a personal tale of a tragic event opens into the story of how to live with a very hard fact: we can try our human best in the crucial moment, and it might not be good enough. Half a Life is a nakedly honest, ultimately hopeful examination of guilt, responsibility, and living with the past.

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