In the Land of Men: A Memoir

Ecco. Feb. 2020. 352p. ISBN 9780062682413. $28.99. MEMOIR
Miller (The Coast of Akron) considers her years in the publishing world, most notably as the literary and fiction editor of Esquire. Miller achieved this position at the impressive age of 25, here detailing her experiences at the magazine, including working with literary greats, dodging many unwanted sexual advances, and meeting and later dating writer David Foster Wallace. A good portion of her book centers on her difficult-to-define relationship with Wallace; her excerpts from phone conversations and voicemails and dates with him illustrate a personality that was undefinable yet brilliant. Miller exhibits a particular adroitness in her ability to re-create, with at times biting humor, various events and interactions in her career and relationships.
VERDICT A refreshingly relatable memoir from a gifted, intellectual writer.

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