Above Us Only Sky: Essays
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Above Us Only Sky: Essays

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Whether she is writing about arguing with her mother over her choice of oufit-at 46-on a family cruise, getting her tubes tied and the importance of a woman's right to choose, or her frequent battles with her rebel pyromaniac teenage son, writer and NPR commentator Marion Winik is earthy, searingly honest, and unfailingly witty in the face of adversity. In this new collect...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 21st 2005 by Seal Press (first published August 31st 2005)
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I really, really wanted to give this more stars. Getting near the end, I was starting to get sad. The stars were dropping off. The biggest essay has A LOT of pseudo-spiritual, 70s, acid-induced crap that annoys me. I Ching, astrology, "the universe," etc. Ugh. It bothered me coming from an atheist, especially, though I know she wasn't owning that label back then. I also find is overly self-serving and self-congratulatory. Memoir (especially essay, I think) can easily lean that way. I think that'...more
Robin Goldsby

Marion Winik is one of those rare and brilliant writers who makes the brave leap from real life experience to the written page with grace, humor, style, and enough grit to make it all surprising. My favorite chapter is the title chapter, Above Us Only Sky, which has about a thousand layers and levels of of emotion . . . just like people. Winik captures us at our best and worst, but also at all the in between places, those gray corners where most of us live, most of the time. This book throws a...more
A wonderful collection of essays from one of my favorite creative nonfiction writers - I particularly loved the title essay, which is a bittersweet reflection on love and loss, as well as a compelling snapshot of Austin in the early 80's.
So poignant. Marion Winik writes with grace and humour. I re read many of the pieces over and over. I also read a few to my husband and friends. I could read her writings forever.
It's not that I didn't like the essays in this book; it's that I'd previously read most of them in Winik's other books. I expected brand new material but that's not what I got.
I have loved her writing since I read First Comes Love but haven't kept up with her as well as I should have. This is a wonderful collection of essays.
So hungry was I for a new infusion of Marion that I was willing to overlook the distractions in this compilation of essays.
a little harder to relate to the remarried housemom Marion than the edgy Austinite Marion.
Short stories...mostly enjoyable.
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