The Hue and Cry at Our House: A Year Remembered

Penguin Originals. May 2017. 208p. photos. ISBN 9780143131649. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781524705299. MEMOIR
OrangeReviewStarThis wonderfully tangential memoir from nonfiction author (Proust: The Search), novelist (The Book of Getting Even), and writing professor (New School Graduate Sch. of Writing; Columbia Univ.) Taylor covers much more than a year in the author's life. We learn about his parents and grandparents, his upbringing in Forth Worth, TX, his undiagnosed Asperger's, his passion for literature, and that he shook John F. Kennedy's hand on the day the president was assassinated. Taylor seems incapable of sticking to one subject for long, and therefore, we reap the benefits. This slim memoir boggles the mind with so much life covered in so few words, teaching us much about our own lives in the process.
VERDICT This marvelous memoir will appeal to anyone who loves good stories and interesting lives. (Memoir, 3/15/17;
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