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Reflections

Eager reader of history, mystery, classics, biographies, steampunk, lit fic, science, scifi, and etc. My reviews are mostly positive--I rarely finish or write about books I don't enjoy. My TBR is too high for that.

Take Your Shirt Off and Cry: A Memoir of Near-Fame Experiences

Take Your Shirt Off and Cry: A Memoir of Near-Fame Experiences - Nancy Balbirer The stories I concoct out of the sometimes random events of my life help keep me going--sort of like a personal religion. Apparently I am not the only one with a running narrative going on in my head, but it's harder, I think, for Nancy Balbirer. The internal narratives she creates about her Life-in-Art through a budding but never flowering acting career keep getting torn apart and she is forced time and again to rewrite them. Her persistence and ongoing reinvention are moving and fascinating--the book reads almost like a parable of life in times of transition and upheaval--and I found myself absorbed in it when I should have been out tilting at my own windmills.