Recently, I asked her what she was reading. Her reply:
I’ve been re-reading books about crazy mothers, since Knopf has just published one on mine — the self-proclaimed “Center of the Universe.” Christina Crawford struck the mother lode with Mommie Dearest. She didn’t invent literary matricide, although she certainly brought it into modern times. Her pen is a blunt instrument. And although that book could have killed her mother, Christina waited until Joan was dead — embalmed, not just acting — before mauling her on the page. My own book has no wire-hanger scene, and it’s not a revenge-memoir, but I couldn’t resist dragging a few old things out of the metaphorical closet....Visit Nancy Bachrach's website.