I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction but chemo brain makes it difficult to really assess it in a proper review format. Until I start firing on all cylinders again I’ll be doing quick assessments of various titles.
This is an enjoyable book if you’re in the mood for a personal memoir focused on an author’s genealogy, but the ghost is more of a hook than anything. Her ancestors are collectively more interesting as Jewish emigrants to the American West than as alleged ghosts. I wasn’t captivated by the modern day aspects of the story, leaving me ultimately struggling to finish. Would have preferred a straightforward historical narrative here.
There’s a little bit of everything happening here. I found the gossipy exploration of Gerald and Robert’s society life entertaining but the brief marriage of Robert and Jennifer seemed so random. The author is drawing from family records, leaving me unsure if the grey areas of their lives are from preference or ignorance. Overall, a recommended read.
If you like Kirshenbaum’s style then this collection will more than satisfy you. I was new to him and did not. Expecting something sly, irreverent and potentially moving, instead I found something colder and snider. The narrator seems to feel he is not the same as those around him, while displaying all the same notes of narcisstic self importance. There’s nothing truly surprising here as shallow unhappy people pretend to have meaningful interactions while assessing the other person relative worth.
There are three narratives at work here. Where marketing for the film went wrong. The emotional involvement of the author. How the ERB company came into being and would be sustained by a successful film. As someone interested only in one aspect, the jumping between the narratives is tedious. As someone only in the lack of marketing and merchandising, the amount of detail can be overwhelming. There is a lot of solid information mixed with fan base morale raising offering a rewarding amount of information to a diligent reader.