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Nobody Home is an intimate memoir of quest and compassion. Through a series of vignettes Jacqueline Masumian paints a portrait of her troubled mother, a recalcitrant member of the WASP elite who, with a glass of bourbon always at hand, provides her children with a unique, haphazard brand of nurturing. Though wealthy, educated, and artfully witty, the woman has been deeply ...more
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Jacqueline Masumian
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
On the first anniversary of the release of Nobody Home I’m finally getting around to rating my own book! I wrote Nobody Home to tell my mother’s story. She was a complex and difficult human being, her life was worthy of investigation. And while I’m happy and proud I wrote the book, as many times as I reread and rethink the story, there are still lingering questions. If she were alive today, I wonder, would I have the nerve to pry and prod to get to know her better? Or would I be intimidated in h ...more
Natalie
Mar 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, nonfiction
Jacqueline Masumian presents a touching tale of family. Through the lens of adulthood, she examines her complicated relationship with her mother, a woman often distant and depressed. In telling her own story, she unravels her mother's, including precise, specific detail that draws the reader into her world. This memoir is a short read but fun.

Each chapter is a short vignette. Though most of them focus on both Jacqueline's life and her mothers, one or two of them (such as the St. Christopher's vi
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Gabi Coatsworth
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
This is a charming memoir by Jacqueline Masumian. From her childhood in Ohio, to her life as a landscape architect, via acting, singing and market research, she takes the reader through a vivid journey. The memoir tries to make sense of her distant mother and a father who left the family when she was a child. Attempting to understand one's family is something I suspect most of us do. Ms Masumian has made it possible for us to understand hers in a very readable way. ...more
Gina Ryan
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This elegantly written memoir is a delight to read. The author has a gift for touching all the senses and sensibilities of the reader, whether it is watching the flickering water of a clear running brook at the bottom of a ravine, smelling the tobacco of a grandfather’s pipe, tasting the Bourbon in her mother’s ever-present glass, running her fingers over the crystal perfume bottles on her grandmother’s dressing table, or hearing the rustling of dry leaves and crackling twigs beneath her feet.

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Bernice Rocque
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you spent your childhood and most of your adult life — believing you did not really matter to your mother, would you just accept it, or try to understand it?

Jacqueline Masumian opts to explore a well of memories — some etched in the rough stone near the surface, others buried in the deep darkness. She strains to locate happy moments. Fleeting and few, they are associated mostly with visits to the beloved grandmother’s house or in escaping to sanctuaries “removed from the unease” of her “moth
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Joanne
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received "Nobody Home" by Jacqueline Masumian as a Goodreads First-reads giveaway winner. Nobody Home is a memoir about the author's mother. Do we ever really know our parents? As children our perspective is very one dimensional and it often isn't until we're adults that we can achieve a more realistic viewpoint. The book was well written, at times it was funny, at others it was very sad. I was truly moved and isn't that the sign of a good book? Enjoy! ...more
Becca
May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
Interesting. A series of vignettes of a family ruled by an inscrutable mother. Mom was never able to say "I love you," a crucial theme throughout her life, and those of her four children. Good read, fairly well written, and interesting insight into issues that haunt many of us throughout our lives. ...more
Jennifer Olson
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This book is a short, simple book, yet you can quickly tell that Jacqueline put her heart into it. A story about her mother, she recalls stories from her past, and searches for a deep connection with her mother in memory. In the end, she is satisfied.
Alison McBain
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that I picked up to start to read... and couldn't put down. It's a memoir written in a very personable style that invites the reader inside Ms. Masumian's life growing up with her divorced mother in rural Ohio. There are strange events, such as her mother's over-the-top Easter gift of a pet lamb to her two youngest children, which then ends up having free run of the house during a dinner party, much to the amusement of the guests. There are Christmases at her grandmoth ...more
Rachel Carr
May 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I received this book from a goodreads giveaway. This was an enjoyable story to read. The author's experiences and memories of her mother tell a poignant story that was at times funny and other times sad. ...more
Kim
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kim by: goodreads giveaway/Jacqueline Masumian
Shelves: true-stories
got in the MAIL TOday and won it from goodreads.com
this was really a good book. I finished this book in one sitting. It is a true story
Annie
Mar 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I think it is safe to say Jean Inglis Lincoln won’t have won any mother of the year awards. Jacqueline Masumian childhood wasn’t exactly typical. The second youngest of four kids Jacqueline had to deal with a less than traditional family. Her parents divorced when Jacqueline was very young. She and her younger sister were several years younger than her older sister and brother. At one point her two female cousins came to live with them after their mother’s death. Jacqueline’s mother was not one ...more
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Jacqueline Masumian grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, and currently lives in Connecticut. She has enjoyed careers as actress, performing arts manager, and landscape designer, and now writes short stories, blogs, and mini-reviews. Her stories have appeared in Five on the Fifth, Brilliant Flash Fiction, and Thrice Fiction, among others. Her website is jacquelinemasumian.com.

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