Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs (Hardcover)

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By turns provocative and poignant, these micro memoirs feel like a cross between poetry and journal entries. Fennelly is incredibly open and disarmingly honest in the depictions of parenthood, marriage, friendship, work, and simple everyday situations in these pages. This is a book I will dip into again and again, the pages becoming well-thumbed over the years, but here’s a little taste to entice you, entitled Married Love IV: “Morning: bought a bag of frozen peas to numb my husband's sore testicles after his vasectomy. Evening: added thawed peas to our carbonara.” ~Emily
— From Emily's Picks


The 52 micro-memoirs in genre-defying Heating & Cooling offer bright glimpses into a richly lived life, combining the compression of poetry with the truth-telling of nonfiction into one heartfelt, celebratory book. Ranging from childhood recollections to quirky cultural observations, these micro-memoirs build on one another to arrive at a portrait of Beth Ann Fennelly as a wife, mother, writer, and deeply original observer of life's challenges and joys. Some pieces are wistful, some wry, and many reveal the humor buried in our everyday interactions. Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs shapes a life from unexpectedly illuminating moments, and awakens us to these moments as they appear in the margins of our lives.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393609479
ISBN-10: 0393609472
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: October 10th, 2017
Pages: 112
Language: English