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Title:
Figuring shit out : love, laughter, suicide, and survival
Author:
Biancolli, Amy.
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Publication Information:
[Burlington, IA] : Behler Publications, [2015]
Physical Description:
201 pages : portrait ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781933016528
Format :
Book

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Central Library PN4874.B465 A3 2015 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

"Your life isn't over." My dad says this. "I mean, YOUR life isn't over. Beyond the kids. You'll go on living, doing things. This isn't it."

I know, I assure him. I have the kids. They need me. They're my life now.

"OK," he replies, then grunts--more of a brief hum. He only hums when he thinks I'm full of shit.

Shockingly single. Amy Biancolli's life went off script more dramatically than most after her husband of twenty years jumped off the roof of a parking garage. Left with three children, a three-story house, and a pile of knotty psychological complications, Amy realizes the flooding dishwasher, dead car battery, rapidly growing lawn, basement sump pump, and broken doorknob aren't going to fix themselves. She also realizes that "figuring shit out" means accepting the horrors that came her way, rolling with them, slogging through them, helping others through theirs, and working her way through life with love and laughter.

Amy Biancolli is an author and journalist whose column appears in the Albany Times Union . Before that, Amy served as film critic for the Houston Chronicle where her reviews, published around the country, won her the 2007 Comment and Criticism Award from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Association. Biancolli is the author of House of Holy Fools: A Family Portrait in Six Cracked Parts , which earned her Albany Author of the Year. Amy lives in Albany, New York, with her three children.


Author Notes

Amy Biancolli, an author and journalist, is an arts writer and columnist for the Albany Times Union. She previously served as film critic for the Houston Chronicle and Hearst Newspapers. A graduate of Hamilton College and Columbia Journalism School, Amy is the author of Fritz Kreisler: Love's Sorrow; Love's Joy, House of Holy Fools: A Family Portrait in Six Cracked Parts; and the play Kreisler's Long Sleep. Amy lives in Albany with her three children.


Table of Contents

1 Copsp. 1
2 Things I Can't Say to Your Face, Part Ip. 5
3 Social Securityp. 10
4 Improvisationp. 13
5 The Hall Passp. 15
6 What I Do When I Do What I Dop. 19
7 The Casserole Club Has Now Come to Orderp. 21
8 Two, Two, Two People at Oncep. 25
9 And Now, a Few Words about Guiltp. 27
10 Holy Shitp. 29
11 In Which I Begin to Resemble Alaskan Wildlifep. 32
12 The Things I'm Notp. 36
13 The Lastsp. 40
14 F.S.O., Part 1p. 43
15 Lost in Spacep. 46
16 Thanksgivingp. 48
17 Not a Sad Tinkp. 53
18 Smallerp. 58
19 Things I Can't Say to Your Face, Part IIp. 60
20 In Which I Begin to Regard My Legs Anewp. 64
21 The Checkout Line Jollies, Part Ip. 67
22 We Three Ringsp. 70
23 Looking for Mr. Manly Pants, Part Ip. 75
24 F.S.O., Part IIp. 78
25 Stink and Weedsp. 81
26 Ecuador Stories, Part I: Arrivalp. 84
27 Ecuador Stories, Part II: The Middlep. 89
28 Ecuador Stories, Part III: Whitewaterp. 92
29 Ecuador Stories, Part IV: Shitp. 96
30 Ecuador Stories, Part V: Monkeys, More Monkeys, and a Dogp. 101
31 I Really Need To Say This Out Loudp. 108
32 The Hitchhikerp. 111
33 Things I Can't Say To Your Face, Part IIIp. 118
34 Alone with Electrap. 124
35 New Amy Loads the Dishwasherp. 129
36 W.G.W.p. 134
37 Memo to Clooney Reduxp. 140
38 The Checkout Line Jollies, Part IIp. 144
39 At Rainbow Narrowsp. 149
40 Looking for Mr. Manly Pants, Part IIp. 154
41 Things I Can't Say to Your Face, Part IVp. 160
42 My Homie, Jobp. 165
43 Unemploymentp. 171
44 The Wisdom of the Pamp. 176
45 Things I Can't Say to Your Face, Part Vp. 179
46 Oh My Godp. 182
47 The Checkout Line Jollies, Part IIIp. 184
48 Belaying and Belayedp. 187
49 Isabellap. 190
50 Snailsp. 192
Chris Ringwald Biop. 197
Acknowledgmentsp. 199

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