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Review: The Impostor’s Daughter by Laurie Sandell

The Impostor's DaughterConfession:  At no point in the past 15+ years have I a read a graphic format book.  I didn’t realize this book was quite so heavy on the illustrations when I agreed to review it, and it kind of freaked me out when it arrived.

I saw a couple of good reviews in a row, and decided this would be a good time to bring it out.  I’m glad I did!  I really enjoyed The Impostor’s Daughter.

From Hachette Book Group’s website:

Laurie Sandell grew up in awe (and sometimes in terror) of her larger-than-life father, who told jaw-dropping tales of a privileged childhood in Buenos Aires, academic triumphs, heroism during Vietnam, friendships with Kissinger and the Pope. As a young woman, Laurie unconsciously mirrors her dad, trying on several outsized personalities (Tokyo stripper, lesbian seductress, Ambien addict). Later, she lucks into the perfect job–interviewing celebrities for a top women’s magazine. Growing up with her extraordinary father has given Laurie a knack for relating to the stars.

The story was compelling and entertaining, and I felt like I got to know the author.  It was just weird enough to keep me interested, just real enough to keep me connected.

The book was about Laurie, and how her relationship with her father affected her life.  Her interactions with the rest of her family, with friends, with co-workers, and with complete strangers are colored by her past experiences with him.

As she makes the decision to pursue his real story, her relationships become even more confused.  The book was quite open about her thoughts and feelings, but it only gives us her side.  I’d be interested in hearing what some of the other people in her life thought.

I don’t want to give the impression that the book is all sticky emotions.  It is also a lot of fun.  Her father’s stories are entertaining– people wanted to believe him, which is part of how he got away with his deception for so long.  Laurie’s stories about her celebrity interviews are even better.

The drawings were nice, but didn’t really stick with me.  I did find myself stopping to examine them at times. Others might appreciate them more, I think I’m just not that visually oriented.


The Impostor’s Daughter was an easy, entertaining read.  I’d recommend it as a Christmas gift for those who read regularly and those that rarely pick up a book.

Other reviews of The Impostor’s Daughter are at

  1. Bermudaonion’s Weblog
  2. At Home With Books
  3. Chick with Books
  4. J. Kaye’s Book Blog
  5. Trish’s Reading Nook

You can find more about Laurie Sandell on her website.

Thank you to Hachette Book Group for providing this copy for me to review.

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Posted by on November 5, 2009 in books, reviews

 

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We have winners– The Impostor’s Daughter

The Impostor's DaughterMy giveaway of The Impostor’s Daughter by Laurie Sandell is over, and the five winners have been selected! Thank you to everyone that entered.

I enjoyed reading through the comments about what other graphic books people have read (although most of you are in the same boat I’m in, with little to no experience with the format). Some books that were called out:

And, with no further ado, our winners are:

  1. susan
  2. Ruth
  3. writerinspired
  4. Barbara Davis
  5. Christy A.

I’m contacting everyone via e-mail.  If I don’t hear back within a week, I’ll pick another winner. Please let me know if you are interested in a buddy read!

If you didn’t win and want another chance, check out these blogs:

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2009 in books, giveaway

 

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Giveaway: The Impostor’s Daughter

The Impostor's DaughterI thought my first book giveaway was going to be next week, but I’m jumping the gun. I’ve got several more coming up in the next few weeks– Thank You Hachette Books!

My review copy of The Impostor’s Daughter by Laurie Sandell arrived this week. Looking at it, I thought it would be much more fun to read with other people. Since I was going to host a giveaway anyway, I decided to do that first, and hope that at least one of the 5 winners will read with me :-).

From Hachette’s web site:

Laurie Sandell grew up in awe (and sometimes in terror) of her larger-than-life father, who told jaw-dropping tales of a privileged childhood in Buenos Aires, academic triumphs, heroism during Vietnam, friendships with Kissinger and the Pope. As a young woman, Laurie unconsciously mirrors her dad, trying on several outsized personalities (Tokyo stripper, lesbian seductress, Ambien addict).

Later, she lucks into the perfect job–interviewing celebrities for a top women’s magazine. Growing up with her extraordinary father has given Laurie a knack for relating to the stars.

But while researching an article on her dad’s life, she makes an astonishing discovery: he’s not the man he says he is–not even close. Now, Laurie begins to puzzle together three decades of lies and the splintered person that resulted from them–herself.

What I didn’t realize from reading about this book is that it is a graphic memoir. (Is that the right word for it? Let me know.) A really cool looking one! This looks like a very compelling, unique read. I don’t have much experience with this format, and I’m looking forward to this one.

So:
Agreeing to read it with me is NOT required! Having an address (not a PO Box) in the US or Canada is necessary, however. I’ll pick the winners on July 23.

  1. Leave a comment to enter. Be sure your e-mail address is valid, so I can notify you if you win. If you feel like it, tell me about your experience with graphic books. Do you read this format? Have you encountered non-fiction before?
  2. For another entry, let me know if you subscribe to my blog via RSS or e-mail, or if you follow me on Twitter. Thank you to my current subscribers, Welcome if you are new to my blog. Make it easy on me by leaving a separate comment!
  3. One more entry if you let other people know about this giveaway! On your blog, on Twitter, just let me know. As above, please leave a separate comment for each entry.

This is my first giveaway, I hope I didn’t forget anything important!.

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2009 in books, giveaway

 

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