Horror Stories: A Memoir

Random. 2019. 272p. ISBN 9780525511984. $28. MUSIC
Indie-rock darling Phair’s unconventional memoir details the moments that have haunted her, the ones that keep her up at night, the ones in which she acted against her best instincts, or reacted in a way that left her feeling ashamed or embarrassed. She writes that “examining the weaker moments in our lives makes us stronger,” which is her aim here. Phair describes not helping a young woman passed out in a bathroom at a party and not speaking up when she was uncomfortable at photo shoots, as well as choices that doomed her marriage. She points out that it’s difficult to share these kinds of truths and that doing so leaves us vulnerable to judgment and rejection, but that ultimately it reveals who we are more completely and leads to more fulfilling relationships.
VERDICT Fans of the author and those who enjoyed Patti Smith’s memoirs will relish this book.

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