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The Long Journey Home by Margaret Robison
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Sep 02, 2011

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I thought this was an interesting exercise in memory and self- justification. Reading this as a supplement to Running with Scissors and Look me in the Eye, memoirs by her two sons, let's you see the tangled and confusing way lives are experienced in the same dysfunctional family. This book lacks some honesty and depth, but it certainly made me think Augusten Burroughs (Margaret's son Chris) was either so damaged that he can't see his experiences objectively, or that he is still so angry at his parents he can't find any glimmer of insight into what pain others in his family felt. Interestingly, I think Joh Elder Robison's memoir of growing up in this crazy family as a person with Asperger's is the best of the three books.
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