How To Die of Embarrassment Every Day: A True Story

How To Die of Embarrassment Every Day: A True Story

I mistakenly thought this book was fiction, but instead it is a delightful memoir about growing up in the sixties. The short chapters follow author Ann Hodgman from her earliest memories up until the sixth grade, when she claims it “became so embarrassing, that writing it down would have caused the pages to burst into flames.” Ann looks back on her childhood with clarity and humor as she recalls the ups and downs of being herself. She confesses what she really wanted growing up, and how she still hasn’t outgrown those wants, and how birthday parties were difficult for her. She tells it like it was, and like it is. Although the best audience for this book might be Ann’s contemporaries, it is a quick and funny read. 208 pages with illustrations from the author’s photo albums.

Recommended by Alice L. Cyphers, Librarian, Pennsylvania

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