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Thalia Book Club: Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? - Jeanette Winterson, A. M. Homes, Symphony Space
Thalia Book Club: Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
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The author of the international best-selling novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit tackles her own reality in her riveting memoir. In this remarkable book she confronts the various paths her childhood took, from being raised by a religious zealot who kept a gun in the dresser to pondering her... show more
The author of the international best-selling novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit tackles her own reality in her riveting memoir. In this remarkable book she confronts the various paths her childhood took, from being raised by a religious zealot who kept a gun in the dresser to pondering her sexuality and other core parts of her identity and the search for her biological mother. Funny, acute, fierce, and celebratory, this is a tough-minded search for belonging, for love, a mother, an identity, and a home. In conversation with A.M. Homes, author of the recent novel, May We Be Forgiven and the memoir The Mistress's Daughter.
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Format: Audible Audio Edition
ASIN: B00II20OVC
Publisher: Symphony Space
Edition language: English
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Bloodorange
Bloodorange rated it
4.0 Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
I read Why Be Happy immediately after rereading [b:Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit|15055|Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit|Jeanette Winterson|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1267717580s/15055.jpg|1411520] for the first time since I was nineteen. I remember going through a Winterson ‘phase’ when I was a st...
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4.0 Why be Happy When You Could be Normal? / Jeanette Winterson
Heartbreaking and funny: the true story behind Jeanette's bestselling and most beloved novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. In 1985, at twenty-five, Jeanette published Oranges, the story of a girl adopted by Pentecostal parents, supposed to grow up to be a missionary. Instead, she falls in love wi...
meganbaxter
meganbaxter rated it
When a memoir starts with a title like that, it's apparent it's not going to be all sweetness and light. Particularly when it's fairly quickly on the table that it is Jeanette Winterson's adoptive mother who said the titular line. With that established, this is obviously not a slight read, slim thou...
Gayla
Gayla rated it
3.0 The Daylight Gate, Jeannette Winterson
I had every intention of loving this book, but unfortunately it didn't grab me the way that Winterson's novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit or her memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? did. Winterson's writing in this novella is as vivid and evocative as always, but I wanted more charact...
deborahmarkus7
deborahmarkus7 rated it
5.0 Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
Current review:One of those books that makes you want to read a paragraph aloud at least once a page. This book will make you annoying to your family. Read it anyway.Previous review:Just. Too. Good.I had to return it to the library today. I'm going to put it on my wish list so I'll have a copy of my...
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