NSFW warning?
I know you include a link, but shouldn't the review itself include a brief mention of what the book is about? This didn't tell me anything. You could have at least given a little context for the quote.

@2 this is a recurring feature not a balls to the walls review.
#3, I know, and I like the idea of this feature, but the execution was lame. An out-of-context quote and Jen Graves saying "I like it! She's badass!" is just kind of pointless.

If she had said at the beginning "a memoir by Lidia Yuknavitch about... [one simple line summarizing the story]", I would've maybe been interested and clicked on the link. But this was basically the equivalent of some facebook friend posting a video of a band I've never heard of and expecting me to watch it.

It just annoyed me.
"The way women in their twenties who are working out their ouch on everyone they meet do."

The fact that this sentence made it into a book that was published by someone is a literary tragedy.
@4: Doesn't memoir mean "about her life?"
#6, Wow, thank you for that description - now I can't wait to read it! A life story of some random woman. How can I resist?
It is not so easy to say what it is about. Shitty but far from unique things happen to this woman, and she is a fighter. There are drugs and there is sex and there are bad parents and there is a stillbirth. Also, I did not say that I liked it.
@genevieve. You (or I) might want to hold off considering something a "literary tragedy" until after actually having read the book. In the context of the piece as a whole, that sentence might start to seem quite perfect for that small paragraph. I'm sure if some random sentence in Joyce's Finnegan's Wake were put under a publisher's microscope, it would probably warrant some comment about the author clearly being insane, writing gobbledygook. Likewise, Bob Dylan on American Idol would have gone YouTube viral as a quick laugh to send to a friend on Facebook. And if not, perhaps it is an imperfect sentence in an otherwise awesome book. The Sistine Chapel probably has a brushstroke or two that are a bit off as well. And don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting this book may be on par with the great Sistine, or with anything by Joyce, or Dylan. Or maybe it's not The Mona Lisa, but is instead that one painting in some gallery that you find more personally rewarding than anything else you've seen in art history books. Who knows? But I'm willing to give it a try based on many of the other elements that seem quite intriguing.

Please wait...

and remember to be decent to everyone
all of the time.

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