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.
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"There's no doubt that James Lasdun was stalked by a former student from his creative writing class, but this cyber-stalking looks different from what we traditionally think of as stalking. "Nasreen" writes to Lasdun: "I will ruin you." She sends him multiple menacing emails daily, sends his colleagues profane messages ostensibly from him, and posts fake reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Robin Sachs, with his gravelly British voice, is perfect for Lasdun's memoir. Even though Lasdun's life becomes consumed with saving his reputation, he recounts it all with a level of detachment. (He barely mentions his wife and small children.) Sachs employs a matter-of-fact tone that feels true to Lasdun's personality. Sachs wisely resists any temptation to overdramatize Nasreen's mad screeds, but the unhinged nature of the transcripts is clearly apparent. A.B. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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