Bigger than Life: A Murder, a Memoir (American Lives) by Dinah Lenney

By Dinah Lenney

Nelson Gross led an oversized life—one within which he performed many jobs: father, brother, husband, flesh presser, entrepreneur. while he was once killed by means of a few young children in a botched abduction and theft, the homicide shook his relations in predictable and poor methods. For his daughter, Dinah Lenney, the father or mother of her personal children, the loss sparked a self-reckoning that ended in this ebook, that is either a meditation on grief and a coming of age tale. by way of turns humorous and unhappy, difficult and pleasurable, her candid memoir conducts readers via marriage and divorce, combined and damaged families—and, ultimately, the categories of clash that infect the easiest folks less than the easiest of circumstances.
In the top, Lenney leaves us with the experience that during spite of impressive events—as with such a lot families—it is mutual forgiveness and love that lead us to empathy, recognition, and the desire to hold on.

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You were good. A crook, a hero, a fool, a nutcase. Don’t I keep saying? Get a regular job, stay out of stocks,  put your money in real estate, and pick up some decent tomatoes, will you, I’ll wait in the car. ” I was giving him a tour of Hancock Park. He’d come to stay with us for a few days maybe six miles to the east, where we still live in the hills just west of Dodger Stadium. Back then, before the gentrification of Echo Park, there was seldom a Saturday night when we didn’t fall asleep to salsa and Mariachi rhythms and a symphony of howling dogs.

And the truth was, I was flattered, pleased that he was comfortable enough with us to stay for a few days, to let me cook for him, make his bed, wash his clothes. I was appalled at his helplessness but eager to wait on him, this stranger, who left the bedclothes in a heap, smeared the shaving cream across the counter, missed the bowl when he peed. This was my opportunity to prove myself a good and capable daughter. But could it be he believed he wasn’t company? I tried not to The House with the Gate |  frown, explaining that guests or no, we were squished in our house.

I never drink milk. I’m the lead in the play! Look, I have a retainer. No, I don’t smoke cigarettes. Do you like my hair? I got asked to the prom! Did you see me on IK? Tell me, Dad, what do you think about Nixon, Reagan, Clinton, the Unabomber, earthquakes, the house market, the job market, the farmer’s market? =>B: Good news, Dine. Good for you. Sorry about that. Glad to hear that. Good. Good. Looks good. Good. Saw that show. You were good. A crook, a hero, a fool, a nutcase. Don’t I keep saying?

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