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Title:
Love and trouble : a midlife reckoning
Author:
Dederer, Claire, 1967- author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.

©2017
Physical Description:
237 pages ; 25 cm
Summary:
"From the New York Times best-selling author of Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, a ferocious, sexy, hilarious memoir about going off the rails at midlife and trying to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become. Claire Dederer is a happily married mother of two, ages nine and twelve, when she suddenly finds herself totally despondent and, simultaneously, suffering through a kind of erotic reawakening. This exuberant memoir shifts between her present experience as a middle-aged mom in the grip of mysterious new hungers and herself as a teenager--when she last experienced life with such heightened sensitivity and longing. From her hilarious chapter titles ("How to Have Sex with Your Husband of Fifteen Years") to her subjects--from the boyfriend she dumped at fourteen the moment she learned how to give herself an orgasm, to the girls who ruled her elite private school ("when I left Oberlin I thought I had done with them forever, but it turned out ... they also edited all the newspapers and magazines, and wrote all the books"), to raising a teenage daughter herself--Dederer writes with an electrifying blend of wry wit and raw honesty. She exposes herself utterly, and in doing so captures something universal about the experience of being a woman, a daughter, a wife"--
General Note:
"This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
Language:
English
Contents:
You, now -- A geography of crying -- How to have sex with your husband of fifteen years -- A kiss may ruin a human life -- Pomegranates -- The, you know, encroaching darkness -- Dear Roman Polanski -- The love square: a cautionary tale -- Josephine in Laurelhurst -- Scratch a punk, find a hippie -- Recidivist slutty tendencies in the pre-AIDS-era adolescent female: a case study -- Jump cuts -- A is for acid: an Oberlin abecedarium -- Repulsion! -- Syllabus -- How to be in Seattle in the '90s -- Dante and Virgil in L.A. -- Three kisses, in the passive voice -- Don't tell anyone -- Uchronia -- On victimhood -- Dear Roman Polanski, part deux -- Consolations and desolations.
ISBN:
9781101946503
Format :
Book

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