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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Book Review: Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs by Beth Ann Fennelly

I wasn't sure about micro-memoirs. I love memoir but hate short stories. I haven't read Ms. Fennelly before but I love her husband Tom Franklin's books. Finally a friend raved about it so it went on my shelf. And in a spurt to finish my goal at the end of the year, super-short books are a boon.

I'm so glad I read it! If it were longer it likely would have gotten annoying. But it's cutesy, quippy little bites of life. Mostly funny, occasionally eye-opening, and one or two surprisingly sad. I do wish for the more serious ones that she'd not held so firmly to her form as a few more details (when her sister died and how) would have provided much-needed context. But I loved it! That is a minor complaint. My favorite is the one about marriage and love that is only a few lines long, and is about how she bumps into her husband's hand with her own, as they each reach to turn on the other's seat warmer. That is true love!

I bought this book at McNally Jackson, an independent bookstore in Manhattan.

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