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From acclaimed literary talent and New York Times bestselling author Kathryn Harrison comes a collection of illuminating and surprising essays, written over the course of more than a decade, that reexamine our ideas of family, love, loss, and memory. Fixing an acute and sensitive eye on family life - from motherhood and marriage to aging and illness - Harrison writes with tenderness, humor, and unflinching honesty.

Advance praise for True Crimes

"Kathryn Harrison is known as a strong writer - frank, unsentimental, her tough-minded prose daring us to doubt its honesty. True Crimes is true to form, scorchingly candid but also tender: She writes about her marriage, her children, her in-laws, her mother - even her dog - with love, knowing how necessary that emotion is, and how elusive." - James Atlas

"With its sharp, haunting portraits, this gorgeous and unsettling book is like the most honest family album ever. Kathryn Harrison is not afraid to plumb the darkness of family life, to look at the rage, panic, and resentments entangled with love; her reminiscences are vivid and unforgettable." - Katie Roiphe

About the Author

Kathryn Harrison

Author Photo by Joyce Ravid.

Kathryn Harrison was born in 1961 in Los Angeles, California, where she was raised by her mother's parents. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers Workshop, where, in 1986, she met her husband, the novelist Colin Harrison. They had a first date on Friday, April 25, and on Monday, April 28, they moved in together. The Harrisons married in 1988, and live in Brooklyn with their three children. Kathryn writes novels, memoirs, personal essays, biography, and true crime. She is a frequent reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, and teaches memoir at Hunter College's MFA program in Creative Writing, in New York City.

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