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Coming Into the End Zone

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  39 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
This is a book full of loyalty and friendship--and of mourning, as AIDS claims one after another of Grumbach's closest writing and publishing friends. It is, perhaps preeminently, a book concerned with the related arts of writing and reading. Grumbach shares with us the difficulties of composition, the peculiarities and perversities of a modern literary career, her mordant ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 1st 1993 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published September 1st 1991)
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Timothy Bazzett
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I first read COMING INTO THE END ZONE maybe ten years ago, and I vaguely remember that I enjoyed it enough to send it across country to my mother, who was just over 80 at the time. Because Grumbach wrote this book about the momentousness of approaching and passing her 70th birthday; it was/is a kind of diary of meditations and musings on both the joys and sadnesses of aging and death. She rages especially at the awful scourge of AIDS which has taken so many of her close friends and colleagues an ...more
(Lonestarlibrarian) Keddy Ann Outlaw
In Doris Grumbach's memoir of the year she turned 70 (1988), we step largely into the life of her mind. She is indeed, very cerebral, contemplative and solitary. She is a great women of letters. She corresponds with many other writers and learned people. When this thoughtful memoir starts, oh, how she dreads turning 70. She wrestles with many issues of mortality, her own and that of others, perhaps most especially all the young men dying of AIDS. I was glad to see that by book's end, she has "gr ...more
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I picked this randomly out of one of my bookcases, and it turned out to fit well with the book I had just finished, Murakami's "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running". Not sure why she chose such a sports-referenced title, though, since the book is not about sports at all.

Also a memoir/journal by a writer, Grumbach, too, struggles with getting older and the changes it brings to her life, especially physically. She too speaks often of the solitude necessary to write; she too did not begin w
Jenny Yates
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is a journal of Grumbach’s 70th year. There’s a lot of minutiae connected with her daily life, not always interesting, and it’s interspersed with an ongoing dread of death, and a disgust with her own aging body and diminished abilities. Grumbach doesn’t face this head on, but gets rid of it quite ably by doing something exciting for herself, making a fresh beginning. And so the second half of the book is much more interesting and readable.
Aug 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, bio-and-memoir
Billed as a memoir, though it's largely (undated) journal entries for each monthly chapter of the author's 70th year; combines the best of both genres by limiting "I did this, and then that", but not getting lost on tangents either. I'm looking for forward to rhe rest of Grumbach's non-fiction offerngs.
Aug 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Love Love Love her insights and observations.
Carol Hislop
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this a long time ago and loved it. It is beautifully written and really deserves to be read by more people.
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Doris Grumbach is an American novelist, biographer, literary critic, and essayist. She taught at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, and was literary editor of the The New Republic for several years. Since 1985, she has had a bookstore, Wayward Books, in Sargentville, Maine, that she operates with her partner, Sybil Pike.
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