Monday, January 30, 2012

The Arrogant Years by Lucette Lagnado

The last couple of books I've read have been long and heavy so it was a pleasure to pick up this book which has an easy to read journalistic style.  This book is a companion to Lucette Lagnado's biography of her father, The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit.  This is the story of her mother and herself, some of it is repetitive but most is altered by the change in perspective.  Not deep or meaningful but for a relatively young woman she's had an eventful life that makes for an interesting read.  I particularly enjoyed the end where she revisited people she had not seen since childhood (or some she had never met but who knew her mother - or were descendants of those who did).  Together with the acknowledgments this gave good insight into how she did her research.  A worthwhile read that doesn't require a big investment of time or energy.

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