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Stay Here with Me: A Memoir

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  68 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Olmstead journeys back to his youth on his grandfather's New Hampshire dairy farm to confront the ghosts that continue to afflict him, laying bare the acute pain of his father's alcoholism and the decline of his grandfather, the family patriarch. Authentic, intimate, and intense, Stay Here with Me is about growing up and leaving home and about the acts of rebellion that fr ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 15th 1997 by Holt Paperbacks (first published 1996)
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Peter Derk
Jun 25, 2012 Peter Derk rated it it was amazing
I had a really great poetry teacher in school. Funny. Smart. Great bullshit detector. Seriously, almost frighteningly attuned to suss out if you were full of it.

One of our assignments was a poetry portfolio, one where we were to collect a couple dozen poems we loved, then supplement them with a few of our own.

It was easily one of the most difficult assignments I'd ever done.

The thing is, filling the binder with a couple dozen poets was easy. Philip Levine, Denver Butson, Donald Hall. And Raymond
Feb 14, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing
This was a WONDERFUL book. Thanks Sarah for sending it to me, I might otherwise not have read it. I absolutely loved his style of writing and now I can't wait to read everything else he has written.
For sure one of my favorite books.
Sonia Reppe
(Slow start only because the descriptions of nature go over me as I don't have the vocabulary for horticulture and vegetation and all that—I wish I did). This book is beautiful and overwhelming in a good way, because it's so truthful. Olmstead captures his life at 18, his first love, his farm life, his friends, his family. The dichotomy of Olmstead is that he writes about a man's world with such preciseness and fine expression and feeling, yet does not lose any manliness in doing so.
Sep 10, 2007 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm ashamed to admit how long I've had this book on my shelves without reading it. It's a really gorgeous Southern Gothic memoir that doesn't fall prey to sentimentality or Prince of Tides-style grandiosity. Just a gorgeous, heart-wrenching story about being tied to the land and tied to people who can't live without hurting themselves and each other.
Dec 13, 2008 Megan rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books, ever (maybe because it's set in the rural New England of my childhood). I love the narrator's voice: it's a coming of age story told with bravura and sentimentality but also with honesty and a reverence for a way of life that's dying out.
Jun 23, 2010 Sbacchi33 rated it really liked it
A very easy, but touching read. Not 'light reading', but the author is very unpretentious while sensitive and articulate. Enjoyed it very much. Thanks, Lesley!!
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Jan 12, 2014 RoseMary Achey rated it really liked it
Coming of age novel of young man working on a dairy farm in NH.
Aug 17, 2010 Mike rated it liked it
A memoir. Very well done. His descriptive power is enviable. However, I found myself wanting to skip through parts (I didn't) but by the end I did not want it to end
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Robert Olmstead (born January 3, 1954) is an award-winning American novelist and educator.

Olmstead was born in 1954 in Westmoreland, New Hampshire. He grew up on a farm. After high school, he enrolled at Davidson College with a football scholarship, but left school after three semesters in which he compiled a poor academic record. He later attended Syracuse University, where he studied with Raymon
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