My Father’s Guitar & Other Imaginary Things: True Stories by Joseph Skibell
Reading My Father’s Guitar and Other Imaginary Things felt like opening a box of old photographs—the ones that are awkward and embarrassing and perfect in their own, warped way.
Unlike most memoirs, My Father’s Guitar follows no chronological order. Each chapter stands alone as a story in Joseph Skibell’s life, the kind of stories you tell at weddings and funerals: the ones with the odd uncle and that time you ran into Sean Penn or three women all named Barbara in a bakery. Yet these moments strung together are what define Skibell as a person: his father’s illness, the impact of promises made under duress, his daughter’s transition from a little girl to a woman.