Mira Bartok’s The Memory Palace = Amazing

March 14, 2011 · 4 comments

I don’t often cross-post between here and my book blog, What Lexi Reads, but y’all are likely to be interested in this one.

Remember Mira Bartok, who visited us here in 2009 for a Q&A about her blog, Mira’s List, and grants for writers?

Her book is out: The Memory Palace. It’s about growing up with her schizophrenic mother. And it’s fabulous. A great study for memoirists, too.

Head over to What Lexi Reads for my review.

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Wendy March 14, 2011 at 8:34 am

This book looks fascinating. I’ve picked it up a few times at the bookstore. Next time maybe I should carry it to the front desk to buy.
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Peggy Frezon March 14, 2011 at 10:04 am

Sounds like a very interesting book. I wonder if her mom is still alive today? I wonder how the author dealt with the tricky combination of writing the truth and shedding negative light on a family member?
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Alexis Grant March 14, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Hey Peggy,

Her mother actually dies in the book. That’s not giving away any secret — She starts off the narrative at her mother’s bedside. But there are plenty of other folks in the book who she writes about who I imagine are still around. Writing about other people in a truthful way but without hurting any feelings is always tricky!

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Lisa McKay March 15, 2011 at 10:44 pm

This one’s now on my TBR list! Thanks Alexis. Cheers, Lisa

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