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Micro Memoir Review


Three Things I Learned from Reading (half of) Born to Run  by Bruce Springsteen

Simon & Schuster, $32.50, ISBN 978-1-5011-4151-5, 20016

  1. It took awhile before he could fill Madison Square Garden. His early chapters about playing the dive bars of Asbury Park and struggling to make rent were more interesting to me than his later success stories.

  2. I loved his musings on his childhood--conflicted around religion, his Irish-Italian upbringing, his doting mother and alcoholic father - talk about the perfect breeding grounds for an songwriter.

  3. I must admit--I only made it halfway through this book to decide I am not enough of a Springsteen fan to read over 500 pages about his life. Perhaps I'll pick it back up again later, but in my opinion, he could've used a more heavy-handed editor. This is autobiography--not memoir. Consider yourself warned.

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