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What's Gwendolyn Knapp reading?

Gwendolyn Knapp recently released the memoir After a While You Just Get Used to It: A Tale of Family Clutter.
Published Jul. 15, 2015

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Gwendolyn Knapp

Knapp is the author of a new memoir, After a While You Just Get Used to It: A Tale of Family Clutter. The book details her childhood growing up among hoarders in Holiday, and it's not a holiday, but "a halfway point between mermaids and Scientologists.'' She also examines her struggles as a young adult in New Orleans. Just when she seems capable of navigating odd jobs, like the one at the world's largest booze conference, and tackling day-to-day living with irritable bowel syndrome, who should move to the Big Easy but her mother, Margie. We caught up with Knapp, who holds a master of fine arts in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, by phone from her home in Louisiana.

What's on your nightstand?

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I really like to read novels, contemporary fiction. I've heard from several people that it was good, and it is. I'm about 100 pages in.

How do you think she makes it so good?

The voice is amazing. It's an immigration story told by a Nigerian. The perspective of that story is so foreign to me. I really enjoy books that introduce me to a completely different world. I think that's an essence of reading and writing. I've also just finished So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson. It makes me fearful of being on Twitter. Anything can be taken out of context.

Do you know what your next book project will be?

I really don't know yet, but I've been thinking that it would be fun to write about cheese and friendship. It sounds really weird, but I'm obsessed with cheese. One of the first jobs I had in New Orleans was working at a cheese shop. I'd like to write a book about cheese. It would be a little more narrative and less pedantic. I'm toying with that idea, but, if my new book sells, there might be a continuation there, so I'm feeling it all out.

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