Literature

Memoirs of Hard-Won Success

Trouble: Evolution of a Radical, by Kate Jennings; Black Inc, 2010, 320 pages, $32.95.   Piano Lessons, by Anna Goldsworthy; Black Inc, 2009, 224 pages, $27.95. There’s a scene from The West Wing that comes to mind, as I digest Kate Jennings’s recently released “stand-in for a memoir”, Trouble: Evolution of a Radical. In this scene, President Bartlet and the White House chief-of-staff, Leo McGarry, are meeting with the Russian ambassador to the United States. It has come to the attention of the Americans, via their satellite surveillance, that there has been an explosion in a nuclear weapons silo in…

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