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Miss Manners: My relative’s memoirs were poorly written and boring

Dear Mrs. Manners: A family member self-published a memoir of his life as an e-book. Although we are not close and live in different cities, we enjoy chatting and catching up over the phone every now and then.

I decided to buy a copy because I was curious about their take on various family events over the years, but I found the book poorly written and generally uninteresting. Shall I mention it when we speak again? Is it acceptable to give vague pleasantries or a lie when asked directly? I don’t mean to be unkind, as the effort to write and publish this book clearly meant a lot to my relative.