The Unspeakable

The Unspeakable

"Daum is her generation's Joan Didion." —Nylon

Nearly fifteen years after her debut collection, My Misspent Youth, captured the ambitions and anxieties of a generation, Meghan Daum returns to the personal essay with The Unspeakable, a masterful collection of ten new works. Her old encounters with overdrawn bank accounts and oversized ambitions in the big city have given way to a new set of challenges. The first essay, "Matricide," opens without flinching:

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Daum — a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and the author of three previous books, including 2001’s “My Misspent Youth” — is gifted at mining her personal experiences in candid, provocative essays.

When Ms. Daum is locked in like this, balancing self-analysis with observation of the outside world, she’s among the best personal essayists of a searching, cynical generation that’s lucky to have her.

"My goal in life is to be content," she writes, adding that "the key to contentment is to live life to the fullest within the confines of your comfort zone." The Unspeakable, at the very least, fits with such a worldview: it satisfies and absorbs you, but rarely does it push any boundaries.


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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 18, 2014)

Collection: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Language: English


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