After discovering dozens of taped interviews for a biography of the poet Frank O'Hara that her father, Peter Schjeldahl, abandoned 30 years earlier, Calhoun decided to pick up where he left off. Along the way, she uncovered insights, revelations, and delightful anecdotes about the brilliant yet somehow still underrated O'Hara—but she excavated even more about her fraught relationship with her own father than she could have predicted.
How does one handle a heartbreaking loss? Not long after being robbed, Crosley struggles to face the death of her best friend and publishing colleague--traumas for which there is seemingly no guide. Crosley runs through a gamut of emotions as she searches for structure amid the devastation, and her humor, especially, proves the bedrock of the relationship she mourns and memorializes and what, eventually, helps lead her to catharsis.
When her victim impact statement went viral, Miller became known as "Emily Doe." But while working through the complex trauma of her assault and the extended, painful trial that followed, Miller came to feel that reclaiming her name was the only way to reclaim her voice--and her story. The result is this memoir, and it is possibly the best I have ever read. I don't often say that there are books everyone "must" read, but this is one of the few.