Reading My Father: A Memoir (CD-Audio)

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“On one hand, this is a tremendously affecting biography of William Styron, gorgeously written, dramatic, insightful, and compassionate. On the other, it is Mad Men, all skinny ties, nipped waists, scotch in the afternoon, and torrid love affairs. That the younger Styron has managed to both shed a bright light on her father's career, from its rapid rise in the '50s to its dark decline as a result of profound depression, as well as to entertain with literary name-dropping and party tales is commendable. I loved it!”
— Becky Dayton, The Vermont Book Shop, Middlebury, VT

Summer 2012 Reading Group


“On one hand, this is a tremendously affecting biography of William Styron, gorgeously written, dramatic, insightful, and compassionate. On the other, it is Mad Men, all skinny ties, nipped waists, scotch in the afternoon, and torrid love affairs. That the younger Styron has managed to both shed a bright light on her father's career, from its rapid rise in the '50s to its dark decline as a result of profound depression, as well as to entertain with literary name-dropping and party tales is commendable. I loved it!”
— Becky Dayton, The Vermont Book Shop, Middlebury, VT

Description


Alexandra Styron’s parents—the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Sophie’s Choice and his political activist wife, Rose—were, for half a century, leading players on the world’s cultural stage. Alexandra was raised under both the halo of her father’s brilliance and the long shadow of his troubled mind. From Styron’s youth and precocious literary debut to the triumphs of his best-known books and on through his spiral into depression, Reading My Father portrays the epic sweep of an American artist’s life. It is also a tale of filial love, beautifully written with humor, compassion, and grace.

About the Author


ALEXANDRA STYRON is the author of a novel All The Finest Girls. A graduate of Barnard College and the MFA program at Columbia University, Alexandra’s work has appeared in several anthologies as well as The New Yorker, The New York Times, Avenue, Real Simple, and Interview among other publications. She lives with her husband and two children in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For…


8220;Readers passionate about American literature will be fascinated by Alexandra’s insightful tales about her complicated father and his circle, which included Peter Matthiessen, Norman Mailer, and Arthur Miller.”
      —Booklist [starred review]


“[Styron] draws subtle comparisons to other giants of her father’s literary fraternity—pugnacious, capricious, and sometimes cruel men like Norman Mailer and Arthur Miller—to outline the question at the heart of her reflection: Is his art enough of an excuse? The memoir’s eloquent prose and fluid structure suggest his talent may be hereditary. A–”
      —Entertainment Weekly


“A memoir perfect not just for general audio collections, but for any interested in literature and literary biographies.”
       —California Bookwatch


“A multi-dimensional, continually fascinating portrait of William Styron’s life.”
       —The Washington Post


Product Details
ISBN: 9781611744996
ISBN-10: 1611744997
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Publication Date: April 26th, 2011
Language: English

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