Book review: Gail Sheehy’s ‘Daring: My Passages’

October 24, 2014 12:00 PM

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Book review: Gail Sheehy’s ‘Daring: My Passages’

Given the uneventfulness of the average writer’s workday, the only valid reasons to publish a soup-to-nuts autobiography are (1) to chronicle historic events they have witnessed; (2) to explain things they did that might need justification; (3) to settle scores; and (4) to share noteworthy gossip about other writers they have known and perhaps warred with.

All of these motivations seem to lie behind Gail Sheehy’s decision to chronicle her life — that and the fact that an editor suggested she do it — but the upshot is a rather cautious passage. The memoir is titled Daring, yet there is little material in it that is truly, rashly daring. During her prol...

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