The Baltimore Book of the Dead

The Baltimore Book of the Dead

Book - 2018
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"When Cheryl Strayed was asked by the Boston Globe to name a book she finds herself recommending time and again, she chose The Glen Rock Book of the Dead. Now that beloved book has a sequel: The Baltimore Book of the Dead, another collection of portraits of the dead, their compressed narratives weaving a unusual, richly populated memoir. Approaching mourning and memory with great care and an eye for the idiosyncratic, the story begins in the 1960s in the author's native New Jersey, moves through Austin, Texas and rural Pennsylvania, and settles in her current home of Baltimore. Winik begins with a portrait of her mother, The Alpha. In this first vignette, Winik introduces locales and language around which other stories will orbit: the power of family, home, and love, the pain of loss and the tenderness of nostalgia, the backdrop of nature and public events. From there, she goes on to create a highly personal panorama of the last half-century of American life. Joining The Alpha are The Man Who Could Take off His Thumb, The Babydaddy, The Warrior Poetess, and The Thin White Duke, not to mention a miniature poodle and a goldfish. Intimacy and humor are manifest in the economy of each piece, none of which exceeds 400 words, each of which conjures and celebrates a life"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: Berkeley, California : Counterpoint, 2018
Edition: First hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781640091214
1640091211
Characteristics: xix, 138 pages ; 19 cm

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