Merry Recluse A Life in Essays

ISBN-10: 1582433143
ISBN-13: 9781582433141
Edition: N/A
Authors: Caroline Knapp
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Description: Caroline Knapp's was one of this country's most intelligent, graceful and humorous voices in memoir. In Drinking: A Love Story, she homed in on the often unspeakable fears and longings that led to her alcoholism and back again. In Pack of Two, she  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Publisher: Counterpoint LLC
Publication date: 4/20/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Caroline Knapp's was one of this country's most intelligent, graceful and humorous voices in memoir. In Drinking: A Love Story, she homed in on the often unspeakable fears and longings that led to her alcoholism and back again. In Pack of Two, she trained her eye on the bonds between human and animals. And in Appetites: Why Women Want, she brought her rigorous scrutiny to the ways in which culture shapes a woman's body and her hunger. Now, with The Merry Recluse: A Life in Essays, Knapp shows us that her vision through a wider lens is as brilliant as through a narrow one. This collection of essays spanning fifteen years of witty, thoughtful, provocative observations on modern culture and women's lives, paints the fullest picture of this wonderful writer that we've yet seen. It's also a remarkably full portrait of a writing life, showing how the same themes can engage -- and expand -- over a lifetime. Here are Knapp's major preoccupations, with work and love, with growth and loss, with distance and intimacy. Here also, her ongoing attempt to balance the life of solitude she preferred with the more public life her writing demanded. Solitude, shyness, cereal for dinner, the fine line between boredom and lust, why women ask stupid questions, mastering the art of healthful self-deception -- subjects that are universally poignant while charming, funny and incisive -- are explored in both long, thoughtful pieces and light, hilarious essays. This collection shows not only the evolution of a writer, but the delight she took in the process, continually questioning, searching and evaluating as she sought to find -- and write about -- the truth. Book jacket.

Introduction
With: Friendship, Family, Love, Lucille
On Being a Twin
The Cord That Binds
Breaking Away
Girl Crushes
When You Just Want to Be Loved
Confessions of a Control Freak
Letter to Zoe
Grace Notes
How to Have a Dog's Life
Lucille Versus Stumpy
My Canine, Myself
Dog Group
No Dogs Allowed
Best of Breed: The Mix
Without: Grief, Loss, Sobriety
The Grace Period
Grief Stages
Mid-Mourning
A Mother's Work
Detail Work
Grieving Lessons
Clearing Up
Food as Enemy
Getting Better
On Loneliness
Lessons in Loss
Living Without Alcohol
A Letter to My Father
Acamprosate
The Problem with Moderation
Life Without Anesthesia
Out There: The State of the World
An Open Letter to Corporate America
Twelve Steps Down
From Ares to Ridicules
Beyond Bad Hair
Notes on Dave
What Women Really Need from Science
He Says, She Says
Dicking Around
Death to Niceness
Harassment 101
Patchwork
Longing to Be Italian
Why We Keep Stuff
Teddy Bear II
Nesting Fever
Sloblessness
Notes on Nesting
Overload, Post 9/11
In Here: Reflections
Longing for Normalcy
Endless (and Endless) Summer
Coming Home
Nothing to Wear
Exercising Options
I Hate Money
Satan Deals the Cards
Transfer Station
The Rage Cage
The Feminine Critique
Barbie Does Death
Biceps Changed My Life
The Merry Recluse: Solitude, Shyness, Loneliness
Time Alone
Speaking Out for Shyness
The Merry Recluse

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