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3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  159 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Combining the insight of Anna Quindlen and the comic storytelling of Garrison Keillor with her own singularly outrageous humor, Marion Winik has captivated thousands of listeners on NPR's All Things Considered. Now, in Telling, she takes us on a journey both personal and universal, a tour of the minefield of chance and circumstance that make up a life. Along the way, she o ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 14th 1995 by Vintage (first published 1994)
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Apr 10, 2009 Jeff rated it really liked it
Winik is not writing autobiographical essays. She is writing confessions. Confessions of the types of venal, cruel, selfish things most of us do but keep to ourselves. Sometimes it feels uncomfortable that she is revealing so much of herself. That pure honesty is gripping.

Winik is funny and earnest and self-deprecating while remaining proud of who she is, flaws and all. She writes as if talking with a close friend drinking coffee at her kitchen table. Or drinking margaritas out on a deck. Someti
Dec 27, 2009 Leanna rated it liked it
Very humerous and quick read. There were two sections that truly moved me ("16 Pictures of my Father" and "Visiting Steven"). Towards the back 1/3 of the book, she drifted into essays regarding subject matter I am not yet familiar with: motherhood, child rearing, sibling issues. I would recommend this for someone on vacation!
Jun 04, 2011 Charlotte rated it liked it
For it to be a good memoir, you have to give the negatives along with the positives. She did this. She bravely showed herself. This didn't really take me into another world. I felt like her experiences were not TOO removed from my own.
Aug 05, 2008 BlueLikeTheSky rated it liked it
Almost a four....Winik's voice is authentic and effortless. But when previously published essays come together in a collection, they need editing to avoid needless repetition. The lack of such a scalpel carved off a star for me, sadly.
Aug 03, 2007 Kelley rated it it was amazing
given to me by a friend and was VERY poignant and gut wrenching to me at the time as I had just lost my first daughter, Olivia in childbirth and Marion also lost her first born at full-term. We both also had sick husbands and a lot of her essays hit home for me.
Jul 19, 2010 Annamary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short, personal essays written that are detailed, funny, and honest -- the author puts herself in the line of her own leveling gaze. My two favorites were "Telling" (read an excerpt here and "16 Pictures of my Father".
Jan 28, 2010 Nichelle rated it liked it
Fast read and an interesting life told through many short essays - some I could really relate to, others not so much.
Mar 21, 2008 Ruth rated it really liked it
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Fun to read her early writing. The best essay is "Traveling" which I think should have/must have been collected in some "Best Essays" book somewhere. Really lovely. And in second person!
May 08, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing
I read this book on my first visit to Italy in 1995, and was absolutely entranced by her life, her views and her fearlessly honest voice.
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