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My Unsentimental Education (Crux: The Georgia Series in Literary Nonfiction)

By Debra Monroe

My Unsentimental Education (Crux: The Georgia Series in Literary Nonfiction)

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Started reading:
7 December 2015
Finished reading:
10 December 2015

Review

Novelist Debra Monroe (The Source of Trouble) turns her considerable descriptive powers on her own life, and the results justify the title: she pretty much has to be unsentimental with these characters from her life, or they’ll run away with the narrative. Growing up in Spooner, Wisconsin, a place she imagined to be a cultural backwater, she figured almost anyplace else on earth had to be in some way an improvement; moving about the country, chasing affection and education in approximately equal degree, she gradually came to grips with the idea that culture is what you make of it. Deeply funny without ever stretching for punchlines, Monroe’s coming-of-age story fits perfectly into an era where neither the old rules nor the new ones make much sense.