Out Loud  / new memoir

Written by Jan Kline six years ago

Michael Chabon: Manhood for Amateurs

This is Michael Chabon’s first book of nonfiction. In subjects ranging from his bond with his brother to his search for a “murse” (male purse) to why he loves Jose Canseco, Chabon gives us a detailed glimpse into his sometimes-deep,

Written by Jan Kline six years ago

Me Cheeta: My Life in Hollywood

It didn’t make the shortlist, but Me Cheeta made quite a stir when it was nominated for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction earlier this year. Speculation swirled about the book’s ghostwriter (Will Self? Martin Amis?), but it turned out

Written by Jan Kline six years ago

I’m Down: a Memoir

I got sucked in by the cover and the concept on this one. Plus, it seemed like a perfect counterpart to Sag Harbor, which featured a black teenager who lived in a mostly white world during the school year. From

Written by Jan Kline six years ago

Just out of the Box

Hard to keep up with the new stuff coming in lately. Here’s a sampling: “Going missing was the only interesting thing my brother had ever done.” Smart and nerdy, 16-year-old Lydia Pasternak is overshadowed by her popular jock brother even

Written by Jan Kline seven years ago

The Soloist

LA Times columnist Steve Lopez always has an ear cocked for material. So when he hears someone scratching out Beethoven on a violin that turns out to have only two strings, he makes a detour to get a closer look.

Written by Jan Kline seven years ago

Just out of the Box

New fiction and memoir: Augusten Burroughs: A Wolf at the Table Burroughs returns to the memoir form, this time addressing his relationship with the father from Hell. Some reviewers compare it unfavorably to his Running with Scissors, 2002. Janet Maslin

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