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Kinsey and Me

Stories

Grafton, Sue

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Kinsey and Me
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A collection of stories that reveal Kinsey's origins-- and Grafton's past. The nine stories that open the book show how fully formed Kinsey was from the beginning. The thirteen stories in the second part, written in the decade following her mother's death, feature Kit Blue, a younger version of Grafton herself, and reflect her troubled family life and the author's journey from anger to understanding and forgiveness.
Publisher: New York :, G. P. Putnam's Sons, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.,, 2013.
ISBN: 0399163832
9780399163838
Characteristics: xvii, 286 pages ;,24 cm

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Jun 25, 2013
  • banjodog rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have read every one of her books and I think I like this one the best. They are short stories and the last ones are about her life growing up with two alcoholic parents. Very moving.

Apr 17, 2013
  • btmslt rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Not Grafton's best work. The Kinsey stories demonstrate a good beginning to future work, as these stories are her beginning. The Kit stories were depressing, somewhat obvious and more cathartic for the writter than enjoyable for the reader. Grafton has done much better with her alphabet series.

Apr 12, 2013
  • ehbooklover rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I loved reading the Kinsey short stories. The “and Me” part of the book was just depressing.

I'm not sure Kinsey translates well into short stories, not enough words to develop an interesting story.I didn't even finish it.

Mar 25, 2013
  • lisastitch rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Kinsey Millhone stories, though they are definitely short stories and I really prefer her novels.
The Kit Blue stories are much more serious and are definitely more autobiographical. They feel as if they were very therapeutic for Grafton to write, and certainly gave insight into what it would be like to live with an alcoholic. I liked the background they gave me, but didn't much enjoy reading them.

Mar 07, 2013
  • amgibson rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Enjoyed the first half of the book that contained the Kinsey short stories. The second half was not worth the read. Book is a very fast read, I read it from cover to cover in less than 1/2 day.

Rather boring and very self serving.... I think if she wanted to write an autobiography this was not the way to go about it.

Feb 28, 2013
  • gloryb rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Nine short stories with Kinsey Millhone as the detective appear in half of this book. Some of these stories have been previously published in magazines, but they are not satisfying like her detective novels. They reminded me of the 5 minute mystery stories written for pre-teens I had bought for my child years ago. In Grafton's short stories, the crime, the clues, and the solution occur in a few pages. The focus is on how the crime is solved so additional characters she uses for "comic relief" in her novels are absent. There other half of the book also contains short stories, but these are about Kinsey's childhood which mirrored Grafton's own. Just not my cup of tea. Not a satisfying read.

Feb 17, 2013
  • StephenB rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Surprisingly good. Almost all the Kinsey stories seem perfunctory to some extent, but voice is there, and there is some sharp social observation and characterization. I was dubious about the Kit Blue stories, but they seem heartfelt and somewhat revealing. one of the attractive things about Kinsey for me has always been her oddness. in spite of the energy and charm she is clearly a somewhat marginal loner. These stories help show where that comes from.

Jan 27, 2013
  • Roundcat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Having read one of the stories in this book in a collection, I was eager to read further short stories by Grafton. I was rewarded not only by the stories, but by a short essay on writing types of detective fiction and short stories from Grafton's point of view. I also enjoyed the semi-biographical Kit Blue stories. I find that author autobiographies give me insight into their fiction. I am eagerly awaiting the 'W' novel, but I appreciated this appetizer while I'm waiting.

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