Give Me Everything You Have by James Lasdun
On Being Stalked

78%

6 Critic Reviews

Give Me Everything You Have is a fierce and compelling memoir...
-NPR

Synopsis

A true story of obsessive love turning to obsessive hate, Give Me Everything You Have chronicles the author's strange and harrowing ordeal at the hands of a former student, a self-styled "verbal terrorist," who began trying, in her words, to "ruin him." Hate mail, online postings, and public accusations of plagiarism and sexual misconduct were her weapons of choice and, as with more conventional terrorist weapons, proved remarkably difficult to combat. James Lasdun's account, while terrifying, is told with compassion and humor, and brilliantly succeeds in turning a highly personal story into a profound meditation on subjects as varied as madness, race, Middle East politics, and the meaning of honor and reputation in the Internet age.

 

About James Lasdun

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James Lasdun's previous books include The Horned Man, named a New York Times Notable Book and The Economist Best Book of the Year. He teaches at Princeton University and lives in Shady, New York.
 
Published February 12, 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 225 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Give Me Everything You Have
All: 6 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 1

NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by SCOTT BRADFIELD on Feb 22 2013

On every page, Lasdun’s prose is absorbing, involving and perfectly expressed.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Mark O'Connell on Feb 16 2013

What is finally most riveting about this strange and unsettling book is not the grim fascination of Lasdun's situation; it's the moral intelligence and intensity with which he examines it.

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Jenny Turner on Feb 07 2013

And yet the book as a whole is skewiff, with both far too much information in it and not enough. On the too-much side, there's the lavish quoting of Nasreen's awful emails...

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WSJ online

Above average
Reviewed by Edward Kosner on Feb 10 2013

It is easy to imagine him scribbling down his own message for the Western Wall, something along the lines of: "Deliver me from my tormentor."

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Maureen Corrigan on Feb 12 2013

Give Me Everything You Have is a fierce and compelling memoir...

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The Economist

Excellent
on Mar 23 2013

His measured narrative has the suspense of a psychological thriller, but instead of analysing Nasreen to the point of caricature Mr Lasdun gains the reader’s empathy through his self-analysis.

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