At age eighteen, sick of her notoriety as “the girl in the pictures, ” Clara fled New York City, settling and making her own family in small-town Maine.
Family History: A NovelAnchor #ad - But as rachel discovers, perfection can unravel in an instant. Rachel jensen is perfectly happy: in love with her husband, devoted to their daughter Kate, gratified by her work restoring art. The summer she is thirteen, angry, Kate returns from camp sullen, and withdrawn. Everyone assures Rachel it’s typical adolescent angst.
Family History: A Novel #ad - But then kate has a terrifying accident with her infant brother, and the ensuing guilt brings forth a dreadful lie—one that ruptures their family, perhaps irrevocably. Family history is a mesmerizing journey through the mysteries of adolescent pain and family crisis. And finally, she’s pregnant again.
From the prodigiously gifted author of the acclaimed memoir Slow Motion, a stunning and brutally honest novel about one family’s harrowing recovery from devastation.
Slow Motion: A True StoryRandom House #ad - This is a beautiful and unforgettable memoir of a life utterly transformed by tragedy. She tells of a life nearly ruined by the gift of beauty, and then saved by the worst thing imaginable. There had been an accident on a snowy road near her family's home in New Jersey, and both her parents lay hospitalized in critical condition.
At a time when she was barely able to take care of herself, she was faced with the terrifying task of taking care of two people who needed her desperately. Dani shapiro charts a riveting emotional course as she retraces her isolated, overprotected Orthodox Jewish childhood in an anti-Semitic suburb, and draws the connections between that childhood and her inevitable rebellion and self-destructiveness.
Slow Motion: A True Story #ad - But then the phone call came. This haunting memoir traces her journey back into the world she had left behind. The moment lenny klein entered her life, began to drink heavily, everything changed: she dropped out of college, and became estranged from her family and friends. Dani shapiro was a young girl from a deeply religious home who became the girlfriend of a famous and flamboyant married attorney—her best friend's stepfather.
From one of the most gifted writers of her generation comes the harrowing and exquisitely written true story of how a family tragedy saved her life.
Devotion: A MemoirHarperCollins e-books #ad - Devotion is sure to appeal to all those dealing with the trials and tribulations of what Carl Jung called “the afternoon of life. ”. This is a gripping, beautiful story. Jennifer egan, author of The Keep “I was immensely moved by this elegant book. Elizabeth gilbert, love dani shapiro, is back with devotion: a searching and timeless new memoir that examines the fundamental questions that wake women in the middle of the night, and grapples with the ways faith, the acclaimed author of the novel Black and White and the bestselling memoir Slow Motion, Pray, author of Eat, prayer, and devotion affect everyday life.
Devotion’s biggest triumph is its voice: funny and unpretentious, concrete and earthy—appealing to skeptics and believers alike.
Hourglass: Time, Memory, MarriageAnchor #ad - With courage and relentless honesty, and her heart, and invites us to witness her own marital reckoning--a reckoning in which she confronts both the life she dreamed of and the life she made, her marriage, Dani Shapiro opens the door to her house, and struggles to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become.
Artful, intensely emotional work from one of our finest writers. The best-selling novelist and memoirist delivers her most intimate and powerful work: a piercing, over time, about the frailty and elasticity of our most essential bonds, and about the accretion, life-affirming memoir about marriage and memory, of both sorrow and love.
Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage #ad - What are the forces that shape our most elemental bonds? how do we make lifelong commitments in the face of identities that are continuously shifting, desire what we have rather than what we lack? Drawing on literature, find grace in the ordinary, and theology, poetry, and commit ourselves for all time when the self is so often in flux? What happens to love in the face of the unexpected, Shapiro writes gloriously of the joys and challenges of matrimonial life, philosophy, in the face of disappointment and compromise--how do we wrest beauty from imperfection, in a luminous narrative that unfurls with urgent immediacy and sharp intelligence.
Hourglass is an inquiry into how marriage is transformed by time--abraded, strengthened, shaped in miraculous and sometimes terrifying ways by accident and experience.
Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative LifeAtlantic Monthly Press #ad - It requires the ability to be alone with oneself. The writer’s life requires courage, patience, empathy, openness. Through a blend of deeply personal stories about what formed her as a writer, tales from other authors, and a searching look at her own creative process, Shapiro offers her gift to writers everywhere: an elegant guide of hard-won wisdom and advice for staying the course.
Offering lessons learned over twenty years of teaching and writing, Shapiro brings her own revealing insights to weave an indispensable almanac for modern writers. Like anne lamott’s bird by bird, and stephen king’s on writing, virginia Woolf’s A Writer’s Diary, Dani Shapiro’s Still Writing is a lodestar for aspiring scribes and an eloquent memoir of the writing life.
Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life #ad - Everything i know about life, I learned from the daily practice of sitting down to write. From the best-selling author of Devotion and Slow Motion comes a witty, heartfelt, and practical look at the exhilarating and challenging process of storytelling. At once a memoir, meditation on the artistic process, and advice on craft, Still Writing is an intimate and eloquent companion to living a creative life.
Gentle with oneself. To be disciplined, and at the same time, take risks. Writersand anyone with an artistic temperamentwill find inspiration and comfort in these pages.
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and LoveAnchor #ad - Inheritance is a book about secrets--secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman's urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history.
She woke up one morning and her entire history--the life she had lived--crumbled beneath her. An instant new york times bestseller a los angeles times, and national indie bestseller a best book of the year according to elle, real simple, boston globe, wall street jourNAL, and Kirkus Reviews “Memoir gold: a profound and exquisitely rendered exploration of identity and the true meaning of family.
Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love #ad - People magazine “beautifully written and deeply moving—it brought me to tears more than once. Ruth franklin, novelist—“a writer of rare talent” cheryl strayed— and host of the hit podcast family Secrets, identity, best-selling memoirist, and a profound inquiry of paternity, The New York Times Book Review From the acclaimed, comes a memoir about the staggering family secret uncovered by a genealogy test: an exploration of the urgent ethical questions surrounding fertility treatments and DNA testing, and love.
What makes us who we are? what combination of memory, and that ineffable thing called the soul defines us? In the spring of 2016, experience, biology, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, history, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father.
. It is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in--a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover.
A Writer's Diary Harvest BookMariner Books #ad - From 1918 to 1941, even as she penned masterpiece upon masterpiece, Virginia Woolf kept a diary. Edited by and with a preface from her husband, leonard Woolf, aspiring writers, A Writer’s Diary is a captivating must-read study for Woolf fans, and anyone who has ever wanted a glimpse behind the curtain of brilliance.
She poured into it her thoughts, objections, concerns, feelings, interests, and disappointments—resulting in twenty-six volumes that give unprecedented insight into the mind of a genius. Collected here are the passages most relevant to her work and writing. In her journals and writing exercises, this novelist “comes to us with all the brilliance, perceptiveness, and restraint we could wish” Kirkus Reviews.
A Writer's Diary Harvest Book #ad - From exercises in the craft of writing; to locations, studied, practiced, A Writer’s Diary takes a fascinating look at how one of the greatest novelists of the English language prepared, events, and people that might inspire scenes in her fiction; to meditations on the work of others, and felt as she created literary history.
Why We Write About Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves and Others in the Name of LiteraturePlume #ad - In the voices of twenty landmark memoirists—including New York Times bestselling authors Cheryl Strayed, Sue Monk Kidd, and Pat Conroy—a definitive text on the craft of autobiographical writing, indispensable for amateur and professional writers alike. For readers of mary karr’s the art of memoir and judith barrington’s writing the Memoir, aspiring essayists, Why We Write, practical advice for bloggers, this follow-up to editor Meredith Maran’s acclaimed writers’ handbook, encouragement, journal-keepers, and pithy, offers inspiration, and memoirists.
They reveal what drives them to tell their personal stories and examine the nuts and bolts of how they do it. Curated and edited by maran, herself an acclaimed author and book critic, these memoirists share the lessons they’ve learned through years of honing their craft. Speaking frankly about issues ranging from turning oneself into an authentic, compelling character to exposing hard truths, what gets in their way, these outstanding authors disclose what keeps them going, and what they love most—and least—about writing about themselves.
Why We Write About Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves and Others in the Name of Literature #ad - It's possible that why we write About Ourselves is the first compilation of memoirists at the top of their game seriously and thoughtfully considering the genre. La times.
Mrs. Everything: A NovelAtria Books #ad - Meanwhile, jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant. Neither woman inhabits the world she dreams of, nor has a life that feels authentic or brings her joy. Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after? In her most ambitious novel yet, Jennifer Weiner tells a story of two sisters who, with their different dreams and different paths, offer answers to the question: How should a woman be in the world? .
As their lives unfold against the background of free love and Vietnam, Woodstock and women’s lib, Bethie becomes an adventure-loving wild child who dives headlong into the counterculture and is up for anything except settling down. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers and dreams of a traditional life.
Mrs. Everything: A Novel #ad - A new york times 100 notable books of 2019 selection one of npr’s best books of 2019 the washington post’s 50 notable works of fiction in 2019 good housekeeping’s 50 best books of 2019 an instant new york times bestseller “A multigenerational narrative that’s nothing short of brilliant. People “Simply unputdownable.
Good housekeeping “The perfect book club pick. Shereads named a best book of summer by entertainment weekly, and refinery29 from jennifer weiner, cosmopolitan, woman’s day, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Who Do You Love and In Her Shoes comes a smart, PopSugar, HelloGiggles, thoughtful, and timely exploration of two sisters’ lives from the 1950s to the present as they struggle to find their places—and be true to themselves—in a rapidly evolving world.
But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined.
The Most Fun We Ever Had: A NovelDoubleday #ad - Claire lombardo writes like she's been doing it for a hundred years, and like she's been alive for a thousand. Rebecca makkai, author of the great believersWhen Marilyn Connolly and David Sorenson fall in love in the 1970s, they are blithely ignorant of all that's to come. In painting this luminous portrait of a family's becoming, Elizabeth Strout, Lombardo joins the ranks of writers such as Celeste Ng, and Jonathan Franzen as visionary chroniclers of our modern lives.
As the novel moves through the tumultuous year following the arrival of Jonah Bendt--given up by one of the daughters in a closed adoption fifteen years before--we are shown the rich and varied tapestry of the Sorensons' past: years marred by adolescence, infidelity, and resentment, but also the transcendent moments of joy that make everything else worthwhile.
The Most Fun We Ever Had: A Novel #ad - Spanning nearly half a century, lombardo's debut explores the triumphs and burdens of love, and set against the quintessential American backdrop of Chicago and its prospering suburbs, resistance, abhorrence, the fraught tethers of parenthood and sisterhood, and the baffling mixture of affection, and submission we feel for those closest to us.
. By 2016, a neurotic and newly tenured professor, their four radically different daughters are each in a state of unrest: Wendy, finds herself pregnant with a baby she's not sure she wants by a man she's not sure she loves; and Grace, the dawdling youngest daughter, widowed young, soothes herself with booze and younger men; Violet, a litigator-turned-stay-at-home-mom, battles anxiety and self-doubt when the darkest part of her past resurfaces; Liza, begins living a lie that no one in her family even suspects.
Above it all, the daughters share the lingering fear that they will never find a love quite like their parents'. An instant new york times bestseller"ambitious and brilliantly written. Jane smiley, The Washington Post"Outstanding.