The Confession


Author and Narrator: James E. McGreevey

Title: The Confession (Abridged Audiobook)

Genre: Nonfiction; Inspirational

Publication Date: 2006

Length: 5 hours and 35 minutes

Geographical Setting: New Jersey

Time Period: 1960s-Present

Plot Summary: James McGreevey is most well known for his press conference confession of homosexuality and resigning from his office of governor of New Jersey in 2004. In his memoir, he relives the key moments of his youth in which he realized he was not like other boys, and the moments he decided to shove that down deep inside of himself, doing everything he could to appear straight.  McGreevey then chronicles his political career, and his two marriages to women he loved as much as he could.  He leads up to his downfall with the details of his affair with a man that eventually tried to blackmail $15 million to keep his secrecy. The audio book’s arration is drawn out more than necessary, especially for someone so practiced at public speaking; McGreevey had a monotone that made each sentence feel like the last sentence in the book.  There were also moments when all of a sudden his voice would become much clearer, obviously coming from a break, but distracting.

Subject Headings: Politics, Homosexuality, Affairs, Confessions, Coping

Appeal: Accessible, Bittersweet, Candid, Compelling, Complicated, Descriptive, Inspirational, Issue-oriented, Jargon-filled, Journalistic, Measured, Melancholy, Reflective, Relaxed Paced, Strong sense of place, Thoughtful,

3 terms that best describe this book: Issue-Oriented, Bittersweet, Relaxed Paced

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Silent Partner: A Memoir of My Marriage by Dina Matos McGreevey (James McGreevey’s second wife shares her side of the story)

Straight Wives: Shattered Lives by M.Ed., Bonnie Kaye (other stories of men living the role of straight me for as long as possible)

The Politician: An Insider’s Account of John Edwards’s Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down by Andrew Young (another large political scandal, taking place in the last few years.)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood (a novel about a gay man coping)

The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde (serious tone, similar authors)

Primary Colors by Anonymous (based on a political campaign)

Name: Angela Bennett


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