The Impostor's Daughter: A True Memoir

Paperback | July 12, 2010

byLaurie Sandell

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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, friendships with Kissinger and the Pope. As a young woman, Laurie unconsciously mirrors her dad, trying on several outsized personalities (<_st13a_place _w3a_st="on"><_st13a_city _w3a_st="on">Tokyostripper, 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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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, friendships with Kissinger and the Pope. As a young woman, Laurie unconsciously mirrors her dad, trying on several outsized personaliti...

Laurie Sandell is a contributing editor atGlamour, where she writes cover stories, features, and personal essays. She has also written forEsquire,GQ,New York,andIn Style, among others. In her twenties, she spent four years traveling around the world, having unsavory experiences she later justified as "material."

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:July 12, 2010Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316033065

ISBN - 13:9780316033060

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth a gander A good read. This isn't the best biographical graphic novel out there by any means but if you enjoy the genre then it's worth a gander, both for the insight into the author's life and her career. However certain parts felt more focused on celebrities the author idolized rather than the author herself.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finding Out Your Life is a Sham Reason for Reading: I love memoirs; I love graphic memoirs. The shady dealings grabbed my interest. The author is a journalist who mostly spends her time interviewing celebrities. She is currently an editor for a well-known fashion magazine and has written for many well-known magazines. She grew up very close to her father who was an awe inspiring man (sometimes fear inducing) who was a former Green Beret, fought in Viet Nam, held 4 prestigious diplomas and spoke several languages. But when Laurie went to college and tried to apply for a credit card she was denied and found out that she was in debt to several credit card companies. She had her two younger sisters look as well and they found the same thing. Thus began the strange story of founding out that her father was not who he said he was; his diplomas were lies; his family history was lies; he never fought in Viet Nam and so on. This broke down Laurie's own self worth and she set about to uncover her father's lies and secrets, hence the writing of this book. This was a truly fascinating story. In today's society it is actually easy to imagine someone living an undercover life whether it be as a member of a terrorist cell or a foreign spy just from recent headline news. But to imagine it actually being someone you know and love is very scary and Laurie does a wonderful job of describing her feelings versus those of her family who never really get behind her in exposing her father, whatever he is. Laurie Sandell tells the story with emotion, humour, wit and though she goes to dark places at times in her life she manages to keep the overall tone of the book light. I really enjoyed the read. The only thing that bothered me a bit was that I didn't understand the author's need to draw so many nude portraits of herself. There was an excessive amount of full frontal bath and bed scenes for my tastes, but ymmv.
Date published: 2011-07-05

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"Sandell's wit shines through her clever illustrations and honest prose."-USA Today