Sunday, August 8, 2010

Emily Gould's top 10 favorite memoirs

Emily Gould is the author of And The Heart Says Whatever, published by Free Press in May 2010.

She named her ten favorite memoirs for The Daily Beast. One title on the list:
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
by Phoebe Gloeckner

Gloeckner has worked as a medical illustrator, drawing cadavers in cross-section, and her comics and writings tend to emphasize the sordid and miraculous inner workings of people’s minds and hearts—including her own. Drawing from the diaries she kept during her Bay Area adolescence in the Free Love-hangover late '70s, Gloeckner traces her alter ego Minnie Goetze’s journey from innocent childhood to artistic and romantic awakening; the latter comes at the hands of her neglectful mother’s boyfriend, and Gloeckner doesn’t shy away from the sordid and tragic details even while refusing to shunt the story’s nuances into a clich├ęd trauma-and-recovery narrative arc. Anyone who has ever been or known a teenage girl will relate.
Read about the other titles on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue