Kelly Grey Carlisle’s childhood reads like fiction. Very, very dramatic fiction. The author’s mother might have been murdered by the Hillside Strangler, her body found on Hollywood Boulevard when Kelly was only three weeks old. With no father in sight, Kelly spent much of her childhood in the care of her grandfather and his young second wife, adult video store owners who raised the author on a houseboat full of cats. This memoir is about Carlisle’s quest to simultaneously understand her childhood and also solve her mother’s murder. I’m interested to see how it compares to Leah Carroll’s Down City, a similarly themed book from earlier this year.
The reading/Q&A takes place in the Adams Library’s Reinhardt Room.