Which book should I read first?
I started reading Katherine Rosman‘s memoir, If You Knew Suzy, last night in a restaurant. It’s about losing her mom to cancer a few years ago. A few pages in, I was crying into my cauliflower soup. I’m going through some heavy family stuff right now. No one’s sick or dying or anything like that. Just, well, kind of crazy. My whole family is basically at war, and there is talk of some people never talking to other people again. That can be like a death. So maybe this isn’t the right moment to read this book.
Just in time, I Love Dick, by Chris Kraus, arrived today. It was recommended to me by another memoir enthusiast. Supposed to be some sort of offbeat, controversial feminist manifesto. I like offbeat. And controversial. I identify as a feminist. Sounds good to me. On the back cover, Rick Moody blurbs it as “one of the most explosive, revealing, lacerating, and unusual memoirs ever committed to the page…never less than genuine…and completely illuminating about the life of the mind.”
Given my state of mind, it’s probably best for me to switch. It feels strange to do that. Once I commit to a book, I feel as if I’m cheating if I start another. I am not sure why it matters or whether anyone else cares.
Anyone out there read either book? Want to weigh in on which I should read first? (Or just give me your blessing to switch?)