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Life In A Day

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  55 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
"Astonishes in its honesty. . . . What greater gift can a memoir bring than a self revealed in all its grubby particulars?"
-Rebecca Pepper Sinkler,The Washington Post Book World

"A diary of a day that encapsulates the memories, reflections, and yearnings of a lifetime as gracefully as a Fabergé egg captures spring sunlight in its tiny interior."
-Kirkus Reviews

"For Grumbach,
Paperback, 154 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Beacon Press (first published 1996)
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Timothy Bazzett
Mar 03, 2012 Timothy Bazzett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth Grumbach memoir for me, and, while there were a few moments in Life in a Day that seemed a bit tedious and repetitious, the book is totally redeemed by its frequent flashes of insight and witticisms which made me chuckle or laugh out loud. Doris even questions whether this book is really a memoir, saying it should probably be called a "commonplace book." In her ruminations she worries that she might be repeating herself - a problem common to the aged. And actually she does rep ...more
May 28, 2013 Jenny rated it really liked it
I did enjoy this book. Many times throughout the day(book) she mentions that this is a commonplace book. It is her mental journal, 24 hours of her day, she is funny and witty. Some of the things she wrote resonated greatly with me. She is in her 70's me in my 20's. Good light read. Interesting for those who journal themselves. :)
May 28, 2013 Margie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-reading
I thought it strange to be reading a story that spoke to how one will procrastinate in the course of a day, and yet to have written the story she had to have been working the entire time.

I enjoyed the exploring human nature in her microcosm of a single day. It was both simple and rich.
This was a quiet,thoughtful book. I haven't really gotten a handle on Grumbach's message, but I am glad I read this book.
Mar 02, 2008 Alisa rated it did not like it
I honestly don't remember what this book was about. I read it for school.. there must have been a reason. Hmm.....
Sep 14, 2008 John rated it liked it
Premise hangs together better here than with Fifty Days of Solitude.
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Doris Grumbach is an American novelist, biographer, literary critic, and essayist. She taught at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, and was literary editor of the The New Republic for several years. Since 1985, she has had a bookstore, Wayward Books, in Sargentville, Maine, that she operates with her partner, Sybil Pike.
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