January’s Memoir of the Month is:
Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion
Back in May of last year, shortly before graduation, I was working on a paper at my school’s bar and place of work. Sitting at the bar top to my left, was my manager, and to my right an Anthropology professor I had just met. He was interested in my paper, which was my senior project about Vapirism and sexuality. After discussing my topic, the differences between our departments, and what it’s like to work in academia, he asked the dreaded question, “So, what are your plans after graduation? Being an English Literature major, are you going to go into teaching?”
I answered kindly and told him I wanted to be a writer. I explained I that I wanted to write a memoir and start a blog of some kind. He laughed. He said, “What are you going to financially, though?” Having this been the millionth time I’d have this conversation with an elder, it didn’t pain me too much, so I answered with the usual response. “I’m not sure yet, but I’d love to have a career in something that I’m passionate about.” With a smirk and possible surrender, he continued with book suggestions. He couldn’t believe I’d never read anything by Joan Didion, among other writer’s, and said Slouching Toward Bethlehem was a must read! I bought it on Amazon that very moment and just now getting around to reading it.
Side note, it should be mentioned… I confess that I didn’t finish last month’s memoir. Like I mentioned previously, December is the worst time to launch a blog. I learned I can’t do it all and I’m okay with that. So now, I’m still reading about Augusten Burroughs’ Christmas memories and being introduced to Didion’s experiences in California during the 1960’s. That’s what I get, I suppose. Anyone else read two drastically different books at a time?
I’m super excited though and I hope you read it along with me! You can find it on Amazon.
ALSO, HAPPY NEW YEAR Y’ALL! ❤
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