I had the good fortune of speaking with Christa Parravani and Leigh Newman, respective authors of Her and Still Points North.
Her is the haunting memoir of Parravani losing her identical twin sister Cara to a heroin overdose, fait accompli after she suffered a brutally violent rape. In the aftermath of Cara's death, Christa starts to take on her sister's self-destructive identity. Her is a horrible story beautifully told.
Still Points North is Newman's loving ode to her favorite state--the one that ain't in the lower 48--and the city of Baltimore. After her parents divorce, Newman led two different lives, one in the bear-infested Alaskan wilderness, the other in Charm City prep schools. 5,000 miles apart, her head and heart were never at peace. Years later, it almost cost her the love of her life. Feisty and funny, Still Points North is as refreshing as the water in the Kenai River.
Both authors were open and engaging. This Biographile gig is very cool. Here then, Q&As with two lovely literary ladies.