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Such a great life story also filled with actual historical events. Alysia's story has you from the beginning. I fell in love with her writing and narration. LOVE.
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I was completely bowled over by this memoir. Alysia Abbott was brought up by her single, gay dad after her mother's death in a car crash when she was two. They lived in San Francisco during that city's bohemian heyday. Her father was a poet and artist who died of AIDS in the early 1990's, when Alysia was barely out of college. The book is stunningly honest and moving. While Abbott doesn't sugar coat her own embarrassment and discomfort with her father's sexuality and eventual illness, she writes about their intense and unusual bond with tremendous love and respect. I found the author's ability to avoid both judgment and sentimentality extremely impressive. Additionally, the book brings to life the late-hippie world of San Francisco poetry and alternative publishing circles and the ravages of the AIDS epidemic when an HIV-positive diagnosis was a death sentence. I don't cry easily, but the end of the book brought me to tears.
Abbott's narration is perfect.