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The Dead Ladies Project by Jessa Crispin
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Suicidal impulses were starting to get the better of Crispin, so she knew it was time to get out of town. Because that's what you do when you're a writer: you design a project you can publish and get paid for, and at the same time try to save your own damn life. Thus begins a story about travel, famous dead creatives, and getting your shit together. Oddly enough, it works.

Not that isn't rough going, especially at first. Crispin is not very likable, but she doesn't give two shits whether you like her or not. Also, she tells a damn compelling story. Keep in mind that this is a woman looking to the dead for reasons to live and you'll find reason enough to stick with it. Plus, you'll learn some cool stuff about people you thought you knew (Nora Barnacle, Maud Gonne) and some you might not have heard of (Claude Cahun, Margaret Anderson). As the scenery shifts and the miles roll by, Crispin slowly, torturously figures out a way to keep living on her own terms and maybe even go home....if she ever figures out what and where home is. Brutally honest and capped off with an excellent "further reading list," Crispin's memoir is totally Zoo Story, in that she goes a long way out of her way in order to come back a short distance correctly. Not a complaint.
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August 19, 2015 – Shelved
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