Kinsey and Me

Kinsey and Me

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In 1982, Sue Grafton introduced us to Kinsey Millhone. Thirty years later, Kinsey is an established international icon and Sue, a number-one bestselling author. To mark this anniversary year, Sue has given us stories that reveal Kinsey's origins and Sue's past.
"I've come to believe that Grafton is not only the most talented woman writing crime fiction today but also that, regardless of gender, her Millhone books are among the five or six best series any American has ever written."--Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post
Kinsey and Me has two parts: The nine Kinsey stories (1986-93), each a gem of detection; and the And Me stories, written in the decade after Grafton's mother died. Together, they show just how much of Kinsey is a distillation of her creator's past even as they reveal a child who, free of parental interventions, read everything and roamed everywhere. But the dark side of such freedom was that very parental distance.
The same unique voice and witty insights readers fell in love with in A Is for Alibi permeate the Kinsey stories. Those in the And Me section trace a remarkable voyage, from anger to understanding, from pain to forgiveness. They take us into a troubled family, dysfunctional as most families are, each in their own way, but Grafton's telling is sensitive, delicate, and ultimately, loving. Enriching the way we see Kinsey and know Sue, these stories are deeply affecting.

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Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2013.
ISBN: 9780399163838
Characteristics: xvii, 286 p. ; 24 cm.

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bava2460
Mar 13, 2018

Through the lens of someone who was shocked and saddened at the untimely death of Sue Grafton the first half of this book gives insight into her character motivation and the parallels between her character Kinsey and Sue Grafton herself. I felt closer to the author having read this book.

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Doris527
Sep 07, 2015

Excellent short stories about Kinsey. The short stories about the author Grafton were too depressing to be read at bedtime for me. the ones I read were good however.

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EmilyEm
Dec 26, 2013

A series of short stories featuring Kinsey Millhone fills the first half of this book and Kit Blue?s?Sue Grafton?s own persona?memoir of growing up with alcoholic parents?a functioning father and not-so-functioning mother?comprises the second.

It was fun reading Kinsey stories in short form and interesting reading of Grafton?s early life since she believes Kinsey is much like she would have been, had early marriage and motherhood not taken her life on another path.

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banjodog
Jun 25, 2013

I have read every one of her books and I think I like this one the best. They are short stories and the last ones are about her life growing up with two alcoholic parents. Very moving.

btmslt Apr 17, 2013

Not Grafton's best work. The Kinsey stories demonstrate a good beginning to future work, as these stories are her beginning. The Kit stories were depressing, somewhat obvious and more cathartic for the writter than enjoyable for the reader. Grafton has done much better with her alphabet series.

ehbooklover Apr 12, 2013

I loved reading the Kinsey short stories. The “and Me” part of the book was just depressing.

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gmvasilnek
Apr 09, 2013

I'm not sure Kinsey translates well into short stories, not enough words to develop an interesting story.I didn't even finish it.

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lisastitch
Mar 25, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed the Kinsey Millhone stories, though they are definitely short stories and I really prefer her novels.
The Kit Blue stories are much more serious and are definitely more autobiographical. They feel as if they were very therapeutic for Grafton to write, and certainly gave insight into what it would be like to live with an alcoholic. I liked the background they gave me, but didn't much enjoy reading them.

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amgibson
Mar 07, 2013

Enjoyed the first half of the book that contained the Kinsey short stories. The second half was not worth the read. Book is a very fast read, I read it from cover to cover in less than 1/2 day.

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maggiezad
Mar 02, 2013

Rather boring and very self serving.... I think if she wanted to write an autobiography this was not the way to go about it.

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