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  1. Laura says:

    I too question the credibility of the memoir as well as the integrity of the author. Knowing Jeannette Walls worked as a gossip columnist, only adds to the conceivable doubts. A memoir as you stated does not need to be completely accurate. An autobiography would be suited for historians. A memoir could be read for pure enjoyment or to feel closer to the Author. An author has one goal, to captivate the audience. Jeannette’s memoir definitely stirs some people’s emotions regardless lacking in the facts department. I do not approve of the lenient guidelines in memoirs, as they could easily be justified for historical fiction. For that reason, I don’t feel necessarily feel duped. I went into this book knowing there would be fiction and inaccuracy. Still it would be nice to be able to trust the author and know my sympathy is well placed.

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