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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller
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May 08, 09

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An enjoyable read that really captured the pointed and somewhat distorted (hyperbolized?) memories of growing up: big-picture issues are simplified, while tiny details are magnified...which raises a lot of questions about what really is important?

Probably the most refreshing thing about this memoir is its avoidance of a sense of grandiosity...while we can pull (tug, perhaps unwillingly) deep, sweeping meaning out of it, what we really get are the recollections of a child growing up amongst completely foreign circumstances. The tone is matter-of-fact and level, and the author lets her remembrances and her point-of-view lead you through years and years.
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