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Confessions of a Prairie Bitch by Alison Arngrim
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Jun 23, 11

bookshelves: humor, memoir

Necessary for a good memoir:
1. No matter how bad what happened to you was, no self pity.
2. The journey of your life better be worth out time to read about.
3. Invade your own privacy as much as possible.

Arngrim succeeds at all of these. Her brother raped her regularly as a child. She has no self-pity about it and never tries to soften or skirt the issue. Her parents were self-absorbed and damaged but she's not mad about it, choosing instead to laugh at it all. She knew famous people and she dishes on them in a gossipy, good natured but catty way. She's funny, and her attitude is vivrant and positive. The book is fun to read. If I were a drag queen, I would be Nellie Olseon at every possible opportunity.
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