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Review: The Impostor’s Daughter

July 23, 2009

The Impostor's Daughter

When Laurie Sandell was a young girl, she idolized her father.  As she grew older, she began to realize that he’s different from other fathers and she suspected that a lot of what he was saying wasn’t true.  After college, Laurie discovered that her father had obtained credit under her name and done some other questionable things.

In trying to find herself, Laurie does some questionable things of her own after that – traveling the world looking for love and participating in some outrageous behavior.  She finally returned to the states and started working as a secretary.  When she told a friend who works in the magazine business, about her father, he suggested she write about him.  At about this time, she was having trouble sleeping and her mother suggested she try Ambien.

Laurie wrote an article on her father and it was published anonymously.  Even so, it still didn’t sit well with her family.  When Laurie got a magazine job interviewing celebrities, she started researching her father’s past in earnest, even traveling to South America to visit his step-sister.  In the meantime, she’s became addicted to Ambien.  She was in a relationship, but it wasn’t really a happy one, yet she couldn’t ever break it off.

After interviewing Ashley Judd, Laurie exchanged a few emails with her and opens up to her and Ashley Judd makes a suggestion that changes Laurie’s life forever.

The Impostor’s Daughter is Laurie Sandell‘s graphic memoir.  What a story she has to tell!  When this book first came, I leafed through a couple pages and I was hooked.  The story is fantastic and the drawings are too.  (You can get an idea of what they’re like from the cover.)  There are even some of Laurie’s childhood drawings included.  Laurie is brutally honest in the tale of her relationship with her father and the problems she created in her own life.  I loved everything about this book – the story, the drawings and even the nice, thick paper it’s printed on.  This book is hand lettered and took Laurie seven years to write.  Once you pick The Impostor’s Daughter up, you won’t be able to put it down!

Review copy provided by Hachette Books.

26 Comments leave one →
  1. July 23, 2009 6:58 am

    It does sound like a good book. I wonder if this should be my first venture in to the world of graphic novels.

  2. July 23, 2009 7:31 am

    I’m adding this to my TBR list. It sounds so good. Great review!

  3. July 23, 2009 7:35 am

    The story sounds fascinating, I can’t believe that it is a graphic novel! I haven’t read one of those yet, but I will keep it in the back of my mind.

  4. July 23, 2009 8:00 am

    Great review! I really wasn’t all that interested in the book, I’m sorry I passed it up now!

  5. July 23, 2009 8:37 am

    You make this book sound so good! I can’t wait to read it!

  6. July 23, 2009 9:25 am

    I like well done memoirs. This one sounds like it fits the bill.

  7. July 23, 2009 9:38 am

    I just got this book in the mail. I was going to start it but then I ended up going to my library and seen that they got The Time Traveler’s Wife in and I just HAD to read it. I am half way through already and can not put it down, and when I do I am still thinking about it.

    But great review for this book, I can’t wait to start it. I was really surprised when I opened the book up and seen that it was in comic book form. 🙂

    Not sure if you seen or not, I am hosting a meme on my blog, Show Us Your Library. I hope that you can stop over and check it out and participate. 🙂

  8. stacybuckeye permalink
    July 23, 2009 9:55 am

    Interesting. I read Stitches, my first graphic memoir and I’d definitely read another. This one looks good.

  9. July 23, 2009 11:35 am

    I had decide to swear off memoirs, but you might be changing my mind….

  10. July 23, 2009 11:58 am

    I passed this one up because I wasn’t sure I’d like it — but now I think I might.

  11. July 23, 2009 12:29 pm

    Wow this sounds like a great book.

  12. July 23, 2009 1:52 pm

    I just posted my review for this book yesterday at Check it out and tell me what you think.

    I enjoyed it too. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it as a graphic novel.

    Also, I have a giveaway of this book that ends tonight at 11:59 pm Central time. Those of you who are now interested should sign up.

  13. July 23, 2009 2:25 pm

    I enjoyed this book also! Great review.

    ~ Popin

  14. July 23, 2009 2:39 pm

    I so want to read this! It sounds just like my kind of book.

  15. cenyasmom permalink
    July 23, 2009 3:11 pm

    I subscribe by email, and I would like to win this
    book, the review sounds very interesting.

  16. July 23, 2009 4:39 pm

    This sounds great, and I’m dying to know what Ashley Judd suggested.. I once read an interview about Ashley and she sounded very spiritual (I think she was talking about her past lives or something?) Anyway, I’ll keep an eye out for this book.

  17. July 23, 2009 7:18 pm

    How do you do that? I thought this was one book I should pass by but now you’ve made me want to read it!

  18. July 23, 2009 8:45 pm

    This sounds like a great book! I love the idea of a memoir in graphic novel format.

  19. July 24, 2009 2:09 am

    I love memoirs but I have never read a graphic memoir before, in fact I have never ever read a graphic novel. But this sounds really cool.

  20. July 24, 2009 1:27 pm

    I so want to read this book! Thanks for your great review!

  21. Carol permalink
    July 24, 2009 1:38 pm

    A graphic memoir- sounds interesting. Thanks for the review.

  22. July 24, 2009 3:52 pm

    I don’t like graphic novels at all and I rarely read memoirs but you make this sound interesting. Bless Ashley Judd for taking an interest in this young woman.

  23. July 24, 2009 9:02 pm

    This just sounds very intersting. I’m adding it to my list — and I’m not a graphic novel type of gal!

  24. July 25, 2009 1:30 pm

    Awesome review! This looks like a book I’d really enjoy reading, thanks for sharing 🙂

  25. July 31, 2009 8:23 am

    I’m thinking I need to get my hands on this one. I’ve only seen positive reviews. Glad to see you enjoyed it, too. I’m intrigued by the memoir/graphic novel combination.


  26. August 5, 2009 6:58 pm

    I saw the author of this book interviewed on Good Morning America a few days ago. It definitely sounds interesting!

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