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Anthropologies: A Family Memoir

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  21 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Paperback, 202 pages
Published September 3rd 2011 by University Of Iowa Press
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Christopher Mcilroy
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This rating system is crazy--should I attempt to make a distinction between a fine contemporary novel, say, and the complete edition of Shakespeare?--so from now on I'm going rate anything I like with five stars, including this one.
For reasons I haven't paused to ponder, I don't read much memoir, but this book captured me like a novel, though subtly, almost ethereally. It relies on no hooks or driving narrative devices. The experience of reading is more like being engulfed in a cloud suffused w
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
This isn't like any other memoir I have ever read. It is more like a series of prose poems that form a greater whole. Its tone reminded me somewhat of "Stones for Ibarra" as it circles back between geographic and emotional landscapes. It has passages of such beauty, even in the midst of gritty honesty. It is fascinating to become part of the author's journey from alienated youth to mother and longtime partner. It is a marriage that seems statistically doomed to fail and yet it didn't, despite he ...more
Pat Bissonnet
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Alvarado captures the the past in much the way our memories float in and out of our consciousness. In the end, we make some sense and a whole out of individual moments that are lodged like random photographs in our head. Hard to follow? Yes--but our own past is often hard to follow as well. I am surprised that this lyrical memoir did not capture national attention. It should be a must read for all of us that are trying to capture the past on paper.
Sarah Hannah
Everything that makes Tucson what it is is in this book. Also, this book is sad and moving. Those two things mean it is good and well worth reading.
Norma Wright
Dec 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
I had a difficult time with book. It was difficult to keep up with who was who and which generation the author was talking about at the time. It is not a book I would recommend
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