Memoir Book Club discusses MEMORIAL DRIVE

Our newest book club is reading through new and classic memoirs that we love; led by Loyalty Manager and Bookseller Gene. This nonfiction focused club will wage its way through the various forms of recent and genre defining memoirs discussing both the writing and the experience of the book. This book club is free! But please RSVP via the ticket button below for the link/ password to the zoom. (Please note this month's date has been moved back one week to 10/5!)


ABOUT THE BOOK

A chillingly personal and exquisitely wrought memoir of a daughter reckoning with the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather, and the moving, intimate story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of a tragedy

At age nineteen, Natasha Trethewey had her world turned upside down when her former stepfather shot and killed her mother. Grieving and still new to adulthood, she confronted the twin pulls of life and death in the aftermath of unimaginable trauma and now explores the way this experience lastingly shaped the artist she became.

With penetrating insight and a searing voice that moves from the wrenching to the elegiac, Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Natasha Trethewey investigates this profound experience of pain, loss, and grief as an entry point into understanding the tragic course of her mother’s life and the way her own life has been shaped by a legacy of fierce love and resilience. Moving through her mother’s history in the deeply segregated South and through her own girlhood as a “child of miscegenation” in Mississippi, Trethewey plumbs her sense of dislocation and displacement in the lead-up to the harrowing crime that took place on Memorial Drive in Atlanta in 1985.

Memorial Drive is a compelling and searching look at a shared human experience of sudden loss and absence but also a piercing glimpse at the enduring ripple effects of white racism and domestic abuse. Animated by unforgettable prose and inflected by a poet’s attention to language, this is a luminous, urgent, and visceral memoir from one of our most important contemporary writers and thinkers.

Event date: 
Monday, October 5, 2020 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
827 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062248572
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco - July 28th, 2020