All the Wrong Places: A Life Lost and Found
In his debut Fire Season, Philip Connors recounted with lyricism, wisdom, and grace his decade as a fire lookout high above remote New Mexico. Now he tells the story of what made solitude on the mountain so attractive: the years he spent reeling in the wake of a ...more
A poignant memoir of the author's search for any semblance of sense in his younger brother's suicide. If there's a better description of life after the loss of a family member to suicide, of the grief that grips you, the gnawing need to understand why, the replays over and over of the Lasts (conversation, visit, facial expression, shared moments of youth), of the empty place left in the soul that one tries to, but can not, fill, ...more
Glad I won this Advance Reading Copy from Goodreads.com. AND thank you.
This book is an unforgettable memoir. He holds nothing back and you wonder why in the world he let it all out. Friends, that's why this is truly a top notch story to read. He tells his story without holding back. The subtitle of the book ' A LIFE LOST AND FOUND' is the biggest hint about his memoir.
He had to find out more about why his brother committed suicide. So, the story begins.
Connors achieves here everything I love about quality memoir: honest storytelling and emotion, gritty realism, a glimpse into the human condition and plenty of vicarious experience available to the reader. But All the Wrong Places had just a bit more.
Some memoirs, I find, are merely written as catharsis or testimony of the author's troubles and suffering (ie. dear diary...). So much so that when I finish reading them, emotionally exhausted, I figure I should be getting paid to read them because ...more
I had the pleasure of meeting Phil Connors at an Association for the Study of Literature and Environment writer's conference where he was a speaker. Dave Foreman was there too and the three of us had lunch along with my wife and publisher at Torrey House Press, Kirsten Allen. Kirsten ended up sitting with three men who had lost their brothers by their brother's own hand. It was a ...more
makeup, his interior territory as he lives and works at the Wall Street Journal in New York. From lonely sojourns to the Southwest to intimate (and not-so intimate) connections, he poetically reveals his Shadow, his search for meaningful answers and his new direction. Of course, in his debut memoir, Fire Season, which I read last year, he begins the telling of his new life spent in much solitude working as a fire lookout in a ...more
I love his clarity about how he started his career as a paper pusher and tried his best to work his way up, but was still dissatisfied.
I love the ...more
What impresses me most about his writing is his willingness to portray parts of his personality and in some cases, his actions or lack of action, trusting the reader to continue to read and to integrate all the pieces of his story into a whole. This was true of Fire Season as well as this second book.
Moving from a Minnesota boyhood, almost fairy tale in...more
He mainly deals with his brother's suicide and how it haunts him to this day. Again, knowing another brother this happens to, makes Connor's writing so much more vivid and truthful.
This is the book I wish I had been given to read when my husband went to ...more
This book tells Philip Connors story of his relationship with his younger brother and his obsession with his brother's death by suicide that occupied nearly 20 years of his life. Although Connors continues to live... the suicide is nearly always in his thoughts and eventually a motivator of his ...more
This is a difficult book to read, which is interesting because Philip Connors has a style that's easy to sink into. Within the first few sentences, it was as though I was overhearing Connors talking with an old friend a few tables away from mine. Maybe I wasn't intended to hear the conversation, but there it was. And it's all there: his brother's suicide, climbing a journalistic ladder at The Wall Street ...more
Connors' autobiographical tone is of the kind of guy who wanders amid the things that happen to him; it's the kind of description that you can coast along with, but not really ...more
Contains personal details (of a sexual nature) that some may find offensive. I'm only including this in my review for my "friends". It didn't diminish or even effect the quality of this book, in my opinion. Wow, to the last page!