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Still Life With Brass Pole by Craig Machen
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Sep 08, 2011

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bookshelves: ebook, bio-memoir
Read in August, 2011

Though I enjoy memoirs, I often find it difficult to read about topics like drug addiction and sexual escapades. So, Still Life With Brass Pole took me a bit outside of my usual comfort zone, but it’s not an excursion I regret making in any way.

Machen writes candidly, seeming to hold nothing back. His tone soon put me at ease and won my trust. As a character, Machen is the likable sort you hope will succeed, despite his misguided ways. As a narrator, he is the kind of voice you warm up to quickly and follow willingly.

If you have issues with drugs, alcohol, addiction, sex, abuse, and/or strong language in books, I would caution you that Machen’s memoir contains all of those. However, I can also say that I found it rather more accessible than I had expected, and I think there are plenty of readers out there who would enjoy Still Life With Brass Pole very much.

My full review is posted on Erin Reads.
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