Friday, September 17, 2010

Other People's Lives: Memoirs

We publish our share of memoirs—and I'm always amazed at how they arrive in my in-box rubberbanded together into the oddest pairings.

This week? Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude by Neal Pollack, The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book with a Foreword by M.F.K. Fisher, and Phoebe Potts's Good Eggs—a graphic memoir about her aspirations as an artist, neurotic family, and her quest to conceive a baby—arrived on the same day.

What do an overweight, skeptical guy who unexpectedly falls into bliss with yoga, Gertude Stein's "secretary companion," and a woman struggling with infertility have in common? Well, not much—except that they're interesting people—and I'm glad I got to meet them.

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