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Ambition is filled with short memoirs. If memoirs are all the rage, then this is probably a collection of some of the best that memoirs can hope to be. I'm not generally a fan of this genre since it usually ends up being a case of these are all the reasons I'm such an asshole or a book of name-dropping or as in Mr. Clinton's case, a case study into from where one's initiatives were born. Boring. Each of these, however, are short enough to be about the most interesting parts of a person's life an...
“Few of these jobs paid, but they all brought in something, and if I didn’t have great stocks of food in my refrigerator, I was rarely without a pack of cigarettes in my pocket."I loved this line. With that in mind, I loved this little memoir. It was done right: never did I really pity the author, or find myself drained by the narrow narrative and self-indulgence most memoirs collapse into. It didn't wrap itself up neatly either. It was sweet and real and I'll remember it.
Wonderful collection of essays by known and unknown authors. A variety of subjects covered; not all struck me as being about ambition. (Though lack of it can certainly count.) Strong writing.