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The Family Outing: A Memoir

HarperAudio Oct. 2022. 10:31 hrs. ISBN 9780063079045. $27.99. MEMOIR
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Technology and social-media journalist Hempel’s debut memoir came about during the pandemic when she reached out to interview five members of her unconventional family and record their coming-out stories. Hempel, who hosts the Hello Monday podcast, writes, “We all came out of the closet and now we’re okay,” but that was a process that took decades for deep family secrets to surface, with her siblings and their parents all finding themselves in the process. Both the author and her father came out as gay, her sister as bisexual, her brother as transgender, and her mother as a survivor of trauma and depression stemming from her close proximity to the “Ypsilanti Ripper,” a serial killer who terrorized her neighborhood in the late 1960s. The author’s narration is warm and congenial, guiding listeners on her compelling journey.
VERDICT Beautifully written, this thoughtful and unique literary memoir may appeal to audiences interested in LGBTQIA+ studies. Share with readers who appreciated the works of authors Putsata Reang, Dani Shapiro, and Carmen Rita Wong.
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