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The Impostor's Daughter: A True Memoir✈ [PDF / Epub] ✅ The Impostor's Daughter: A True Memoir By Laurie Sandell ✸ – Varanus.us Laurie Sandell grew up in awe and sometimes in terror of her larger than life father, who told jaw dropping tales of a privileged childhood in Buenos Aires, academic triumphs, heroism during Vietnam, Laurie Sandell grew up in awe Daughter: A ePUB ↠ and sometimes in terror of her larger than life father, who The Impostor's ePUB ¹ told jaw dropping tales of a privileged childhood in Buenos Aires, academic triumphs, heroism during Vietnam, friendships with Impostor's Daughter: A PDF Ë Kissinger and the Pope As a young woman, Laurie unconsciously mirrors her dad, trying on several outsized personalities Tokyo stripper, lesbian seductress, Ambien addict Later, she lucks into the perfect job interviewing celebrities for a top women s magazine Growing up with her extraordinary father has given Laurie a knack for relating to the stars But while researching an article on her dad s life, she makes an astonishing discovery he s not the man he says he is not even close Now, Laurie begins to puzzle together three decades of lies and the splintered person that resulted from them herself.

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    The Impostor's Daughter: A True Memoir Epub ↠ The Tokyo stripper, lesbian seductress, Ambien addict Later, she lucks into the perfect job interviewing celebrities for a top women s magazine Growing up with her extraordinary father has given Laurie a knack for relating to the stars But while researching an article on her dad s life, she makes an astonishing discovery he s not the man he says he is not even close Now, Laurie begins to puzzle together three decades of lies and the splintered person that resulted from them herself."/>
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    If this gossip columnist had simply stayed the course of the story about her scammer dad, as advertised, this would have been a 4 star book However, she wanted to tell us about problems with prescription meds, her failed relationship with a perfectly nice guy who was somehow holding her back, and her Lifetime Channel version of rehab Well, yeah, mistakes were madein the editing of this graphic novel, that s for sure These distracting side stories are common Lots of people go to rehab But If this gossip columnist had simply stayed the course of the story about her scammer dad, as advertised, this would have been a 4 star book However, she wanted to tell us about problems with prescription meds, her failed relationship with a perfectly nice guy who was somehow holding her back, and her Lifetime Channel version of rehab Well, yeah, mistakes were madein the editing of this graphic novel, that s for sure These distracting side stories are common Lots of people go to rehab But very few people have a crazy con man of a dad who claims to have personally parachuted to Vietnam with General Westland and who claims to have been field promoted to Green Beret status it just don t work that way, folks How could she not know this Did she really think we were going to beinterested in her experiences interviewing B list celeb Carmen Elektra, or in learning of the crazy poppa who left for months at a time and only communicated with the family by ham radio C mon, these are questions even someone who edits portions of a fashion magazine can figure out When she does zero in on what should have been the main focus of the book, she herself is the weak link I never really believe it when she chooses the journalistic credo of truth over familial loyalty Puh lease She went through all the drama of a therapeutic forgiveness session with her entire family presentand later she decides to write the book skewering her father What could have made this better She could have found the family who invested 350k into one of his scams and shown us how they re doing after having their world shattered by her father Find the members of his old military unit and discover why he went AWOL decades ago You know, actually use some journalistic skills rather than just hiding behind its platitudes The art does the job in a breezy, I don t have a full book s worth of material so I ll make it a graphic novel sorta way, but even going into it with this understanding you ll still think it s sloppy This insecure author draws her 40 year old self as if she was still a button nose teen while everyone around her ages imagine that Everything looks like it was presented as drawn the first time around with no sketches, no prep, no art studies whatsoever The author, who is or was some sort of editor at Glamour magazine at one time, would never use illustrations of this quality in her mag The author provides us with actual pictures she drew in elementary school, and there is no appreciable difference between those and her modern drawings about this, a project she believed was the central memoir of her and her family


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    The Impostor s Daughter is a shocking graphic novel memoir full of unexpected surprises What does a person do when they discover that their parent has been lying to them about their entire life history Is Laurie s dad a Vietnam hero, or a con man This book is truly amazing and unforgettable.


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    The disenchantment of our parents, when we realize they re humans too, is an unpleasant event of growing up We all handle it differently For Laurie Sandell, she put it into a graphic novel, The Impostor s Daughter A True Memoir In a little less than 250 beautifully painted pages, Sandell shamelessly shows each and every skeleton in her closet starting from childhood and ending as her young adult self and the battles she fights to expose the lies about her larger than life father and form a n The disenchantment of our parents, when we realize they re humans too, is an unpleasant event of growing up We all handle it differently For Laurie Sandell, she put it into a graphic novel, The Impostor s Daughter A True Memoir In a little less than 250 beautifully painted pages, Sandell shamelessly shows each and every skeleton in her closet starting from childhood and ending as her young adult self and the battles she fights to expose the lies about her larger than life father and form a new identity in that truth.Growing up on the east coast, Sandell was the eldest of three daughters, and her father s favorite She spent her childhood idolizing him and forming her identity in his stories of historical and academic greatness He had a Ph.D from Columbia University, earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star in Vietnam, and corresponded with a not yet christened Pope John Paul II Doubt enters Laurie s mind when she discovers in college that her father had taken out many credit cards in her name, unbeknownst to her With over two hundred thousand dollars in debt and a father who couldn t give a proper explanation, Laurie hits the road She traveled for four years, a time when she says I was willing to be anything, try anything, as long as it didn t resemble the life I was living before The heaviest ball drops when Sandell returns from her escape After an evening of sharing anecdotes with a friend in publishing, Sandell agrees to write an article about her father s adventures Routine fact checking revealed that her father wasn t as extraordinary as he claimed to be She proceeds with the article against her family s wishes, exposes the lies he told, and becomes estranged from her father However, Laurie doesn t get the satisfaction she expected Nothing had changed my family continued to be insistently blind to the truth I remained the lone voice of protest Things begin to look up for her when she lands an admirable job interviewing celebrities However, she continues to be haunted by her father s deceit She battles with an addiction to sleeping pills mixed with red wine and drastic weight loss She explains to the rehabilitation center she eventually enters My alcohol use Not much two or three glasses a day Of course I drink alone I m single Without fear or lack of comic relief, she shows the inside of rehab, confrontations with her parents and the ultimate serenity she finds within herself Afterthan ten years of searching for peace in her relationship with her father, Laurie simply says I gave up The strength of this book is the way in which Sandell presents her story In aclassic format, the experience of The Impostor s Daughter would be lost The ability to evoke emotions light and heavy subconsciously through images makes this book unforgettable She possesses a humble and often comic tone in her writing Both voices work harmoniously to neutralize the series of traumatic events in her life The Impostor s Daughter is a cathartic work that will make you reflect on your own relationship with your parents It shows us the painful, scary, and frustrating process of going from gullible and impressionable children of our parents to self defining confident women something we can all appreciate and laugh about sooner or later.Review by Sara Custer


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    Laurie Sandell grew up hearing her father s stories about his time as a Green Beret in Vietnam, his medals, his PhDs, his time teaching at Stanford, and his thriving business investments In college, she applies for a credit card, only to find out that her father had taken out multiple cards in her name, and the names of both of her sisters, and her mother s name Digging further, she discovers that her father has no college degrees, never taught at Stanford, never got a medal in the army, and Laurie Sandell grew up hearing her father s stories about his time as a Green Beret in Vietnam, his medals, his PhDs, his time teaching at Stanford, and his thriving business investments In college, she applies for a credit card, only to find out that her father had taken out multiple cards in her name, and the names of both of her sisters, and her mother s name Digging further, she discovers that her father has no college degrees, never taught at Stanford, never got a medal in the army, and never even got above private in the army His entire life, everything that she knew about him was built on lies.It sounds like a really dramatic story, especially knowing that it s all true And it is, but the structure keeps it from hitting its full potential For some reason, it s published as a graphic novel I m not sure that was the best choice Sandell s art is a little too sparse and abstract to be engaging to me I also feel that the structure was lacking The story is so complicated, I think it really needed a very tight structure, but it just didn t have one Maybe this would have done better as a traditionally written memoir instead


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    Sandell, who has the somewhat enviable job of interviewing celebrities for women s magazines, recounts in graphic novel form how she grew up awed by a magnetic, brilliant father who claimed all manner of extraoardinary achievements, and how in adulthood, she discovered he was basically a liar, con man, and narcissist Despite intriguing premise, charming bright illustrations, and high production value full color pages on glossy thick paperstock , not especially engaging on emotional level The Sandell, who has the somewhat enviable job of interviewing celebrities for women s magazines, recounts in graphic novel form how she grew up awed by a magnetic, brilliant father who claimed all manner of extraoardinary achievements, and how in adulthood, she discovered he was basically a liar, con man, and narcissist Despite intriguing premise, charming bright illustrations, and high production value full color pages on glossy thick paperstock , not especially engaging on emotional level The storytelling and style were too flat I did like one scene, though, where she sat frozen and aghast after hearing her boyfriend, another man she thought she knew, say something was ridonkulous


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    I know I ve got a gender bias, but I think women are the masters of autobiographical comics I know there s Jeffrey Brown and even R Crumb, but didn t Aline Kominsky Crumb set the whole genre in motion This graphic memoir reminds me of Cancer Vixen in tone and art, but channels Fun House for me in Sandell s search to understand herself by understanding her father I love her honesty and humor and her struggle to know herself, which I think is what makes women s autobiographical comics unique I know I ve got a gender bias, but I think women are the masters of autobiographical comics I know there s Jeffrey Brown and even R Crumb, but didn t Aline Kominsky Crumb set the whole genre in motion This graphic memoir reminds me of Cancer Vixen in tone and art, but channels Fun House for me in Sandell s search to understand herself by understanding her father I love her honesty and humor and her struggle to know herself, which I think is what makes women s autobiographical comics unique Women can see their lives and past with some self deprecation and nostalgia, but always with an ability to capture the emotions laden in their memories Sandell shows in pictures and words how she loved and hated her father and explores her life from childhood through later recovery Maybe it s the social worker in me, but I really appreciate her honest contention for self knowledge Coming out of a two day training on drugs and alcohol, I was also impressed with Sandell s framing her struggles with ambien, alcohol, and her family in a substance abuse model of addiction and codependency Reading her descriptions of her father I d leanin exploring some personality disorder diagnoses, but that s just me I ve made the book sound very serious, but it s delivery is light, funny, and very readable After all, I m a sucker for pages with bright colors


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    When Laurie Sandell, if that is her real last name, was growing up, her father would have the mail stopped every time he went out of town If, by some twist, Laurie did get her hands on the delivery, she would find envelopes addressed to all sorts of people she had never heard of.The Impostor s Daughter by Laurie Sandell, a chronicler of celebrity stories and editor at Glamour, is a graphic memoir recounting a childhood spent with a mysterious father who haslarger than life stories of honors, aw When Laurie Sandell, if that is her real last name, was growing up, her father would have the mail stopped every time he went out of town If, by some twist, Laurie did get her hands on the delivery, she would find envelopes addressed to all sorts of people she had never heard of.The Impostor s Daughter by Laurie Sandell, a chronicler of celebrity stories and editor at Glamour, is a graphic memoir recounting a childhood spent with a mysterious father who haslarger than life stories of honors, awards, medals, and elbow rubbing Sandell, his favorite of his three daughters, is always trying to please him, and likes to leave little funny drawings for him to find As she gets older, and they disconnect a bit from their original clique, she starts to question the truth in the fantastic stories he has told her Does he work for the CIA Who is this guy And why in the hell did he open multiple credit cards in her name, and completely demolish her credit score before she s ever even pursed her own plastic She begins investigating her father, with plans to write an article for a magazine about his life and lies At first he is totally game He spends hours with her talking about killing people and almost being killed and jail time and the biggie bigs he s called friends She records these sessions, and then starts fact checking No, he didn t graduate from that university No, he never worked there Looks like he borrowed a shitton of money from a family friend, never paid it back and ruined the chance for future dinner parties And he is wracking up some serious debt Her mother, meanwhile, ignores all of this Continues to give him, as she says, the benefit of doubt.As a journalist, I m not sure why Sadell went the illustrated memoir route She can obviously write, she s a professional writer Her drawings arefrom the spare and realistic vein, and they are fine She doesn t take advantage of the panel space No extra details No hidden jokes No foreshadowing or clues to the time period the story is set in It s a bit of a waste Especially in the case of this story Dude, her dad is a total fraud And as she investigates his claims, he appeals to her emotionally with reminders of family loyalty and vague suicide threats This is compelling stuff that could have been an epic, if not award winning, word book It s a total page flipper, even for it s faults.The side stories, too, seem to strip away some of the skin from the meat of all of this Sandell inserts her relationship with Ben, an guy she meets online with whom she develops a long distance relationship It s a lot of mixed emotions, on again off again, and I believe it is meant to illustrate the point that Look My dad fucked me up so big time, that I don t even know what I want with this nice and normal dude from California She s also building up her tolerance for Ambien and mixing it with wine And then there are these celebrity interviews that land her across the table from the fluffy haired and sunglassed sect She s clearly enad with her job among the rich and famous, which she explains by noting the way her father s larger than life stories have made her crave larger than life, oft photographed super people Unfortunately, paired with a drawing of all the celebs she has interviewed, it seems unprofessional and name dropp y Ashley Judd, for instance, is one of the supporting characters in the story.There is just so much potential here with the base story, that was all whittled away because of some bad decision making about delivery I wish she had a do over


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    So this is a graphic memoir, about a young woman discovering that her father is a fraud And not in the way we all do, where, after adolescence, we discover that our dads aren t heroes Or I guess we don t all do that, but you know what I mean Her father is an actual fraud, a liar, to his family, to employers, to the government, to money lenders It s a great premise.The book doesn t really deliver, though This isn t really Sandell s story of her father, it s her story of herself Which is als So this is a graphic memoir, about a young woman discovering that her father is a fraud And not in the way we all do, where, after adolescence, we discover that our dads aren t heroes Or I guess we don t all do that, but you know what I mean Her father is an actual fraud, a liar, to his family, to employers, to the government, to money lenders It s a great premise.The book doesn t really deliver, though This isn t really Sandell s story of her father, it s her story of herself Which is also a good story she kind of stumbles into a cool career she enjoys, she struggles with substance abuse and depression and comes out on the other sides of them both, she faces some demons in herself and in her ability to have and maintain relationships it just keeps coming across as slightly distracting filler until you realize, too late, that the purported locus, the father, is not.So the read is unbalanced, content wise, and then there s the issue with the format Every time the ladies in graphic novel club talk about should this be a graphic novel or whatever I am just like what the hell are you talking about, but I think in this instance I get it, some things don t really fit into graphic format This, for example I feel like I would love this as an article or essay, but it feels sort of clogged and aimless as it stands I don t recommend this at all, in the end, which is kind of rare for me Even stuff that makes me real mad I don t usually say I wouldn t recommend But thismeh Just meh Meh is the worst way to feel about something


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    Not since Jessie Spano s struggle with No Doz has there been such a gripping, gritty portrayal of addiction The story of Sandell s conman father is interesting, but most of the book is taken up with the boring details of Sandell s boring life She interviews self obsessed celebrities and marvels at her ability to get them to talk about themselves How in the world did she get Carmen Electra to open up It s magic She spends a billion pages on her completely bland love affair She dramaticall Not since Jessie Spano s struggle with No Doz has there been such a gripping, gritty portrayal of addiction The story of Sandell s conman father is interesting, but most of the book is taken up with the boring details of Sandell s boring life She interviews self obsessed celebrities and marvels at her ability to get them to talk about themselves How in the world did she get Carmen Electra to open up It s magic She spends a billion pages on her completely bland love affair She dramatically pops Ambien in scene after scene that will leave your eyes sore from constant rolling Fortunately Ashley Judd and some delicious ice cream convince Sandell to enter reha Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


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    I ve had this one on my shelves for awhile now, so I m definitely happy that I finally took the time to read it It s definitely an interesting graphic memoir I found myself really upset on Laurie s behalf, with everything her father has done or lied to her about over the years Despite her mom s constant explaining away of her husband s behavior, I felt bad for her too However, Laurie is the only one in the family who really wants the answers to her father s many lies, and being a writer, she I ve had this one on my shelves for awhile now, so I m definitely happy that I finally took the time to read it It s definitely an interesting graphic memoir I found myself really upset on Laurie s behalf, with everything her father has done or lied to her about over the years Despite her mom s constant explaining away of her husband s behavior, I felt bad for her too However, Laurie is the only one in the family who really wants the answers to her father s many lies, and being a writer, she sets out to see what she can find This was an overall quick read I found the story fascinating, and it s even crazier that it s a memoir At the same time, it wasn t a book that I downright loved I feel like, in the end, not a whole lot has happened , but I am glad that Laurie got the help she needed and could move forward without lies holding her down

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