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Book review: 'Dogfish Memory' by Joseph A. Dane
Book review: 'Dogfish Memory' by Joseph A. Dane

Joseph Dane probably didn't know that he was injecting valuable lifeblood into the memoir form when he wrote "Dogfish Memory." He was just trying to come to some kind of peace with the fog of remembrance; to stake a defiant pose against death and faithlessness and see if he could hold it. Even as he wrote this book, the memoir form had seen better days. The scandal over James Frey's highly fictionalized memoir "A Million Little Pieces" in 2003 didn't help matters. Readers expressed annoyance with memoirs written by authors barely in their 30s. Everyone with a life challenge or a fond memory felt emboldened to launch into a narrative — real or...

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