Saturday, September 20, 2008

Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood by Jennifer Traig

First sentence:

"My father and I were in the laundry room and we were having a crisis."


"Recalling the agony of growing up obsessive-compulsive and a religious fanatic, Jennifer Traig confesses to the most peculiar behavior -- such as tirelessly scrubbing her hands for a full half hour before dinner, feeding her stuffed animals before herself, and washing everything she owned because she thought it was contaminated by pork fumes. Devil in the Details announces Traig as one of the most hilarious writers to emerge in recent years -- and one of the strangest." -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

Funny and poignant, this honest book about obsession, family and overdoing religious ritual made me both laugh and think.

Date read: 8/30/2008
Book #: 61
Challenges: Non-Fiction Five Challenge 2008, Unread Authors Challenge 2008
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genre: Memoir

ISBN-10: 031601074X
ISBN-13: 9780316010740
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Year: 2004
# of Pages: 242
Binding: Trade Paperback
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