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From a bestselling memoirist, a thoughtful and provocative story of changing identity, complex sexuality, and enduring family relationships

At age 36, while serving on a jury, author Molly Wizenberg found herself drawn to a female attorney she hardly knew. Married to a man for nearly a decade and mother to a toddler, Wizenberg tried to return to her life as she knew it,
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Expected publication: May 12th 2020 by Abrams Press
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    Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I’d have to do some serious math to remember when I started reading Orangette, @molly.wizenberg’s blog, but a dozen years? I definitely read her memoir A Homemade Life while living in Harlem (2009) as I have vivid memories of reading it in my corner laundromat and I remember reading an ARC of Delancey at Sit and Wonder the very month that I got married. This preamble is just to say that I’ve been invested in her storytelling for a while. I was so excited to read her latest memoir which is, in ...more
    Erica Bauermeister
    Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    In THE FIXED STARS Molly Wizenberg tackles the ever-shifting issues of marriage, motherhood, and sexual orientation with the same compassion and unflinching honesty that have become the hallmarks of her writing. In every book, she has made the everyday extraordinary, and brought depth and complexity to the bigger questions in life. THE FIXED STARS carries on this tradition and takes it to a whole new level. A beautiful read.
    EB Fitzsimons
    Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    One doesn't need to be familiar with Wizenberg's older memoirs to be both crushed and elated by her newest, in which she recounts how she fell in love with a woman after ten years of marriage. Her thoughtful reflections on the fluidity of gender, love, sexuality, motherhood, and self shows how successfully she's transitioned to the role of author and reminds me how important bloggers are: they chronicle ordinary stories in extraordinary ways and show us that our own lives, too, are beautiful and ...more
    Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Beautifully written, achingly honest, and incredibly brave. I loved this insightful look into what it’s like to question the very essence of yourself. I think this book will prove a comfort and be helpful to so many people struggling with similar questions, and a thoughtful take on the fluidity of our sexualities regardless of whether or not they have questions of their own.
    Kelso McNaught
    Once in a while - a long while - a book comes along and heals you, tells you you're not alone, a portable therapist for days you need it.
    Molly's memoir about complexities - in sexuality, identity, relationships, marriage, and parenting - is the best memoir I've read. Molly's story is a night light guiding me through a dark and scary world of latent sexual identity. A mirror that reflects my same experiences and feelings back at me. (I would whisper a soft "yes" while highlighting a passage every
    Dec 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Reading Women Challenge #12: a book about a woman who inspires you.
    R.J. Sorrento
    Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arcs-netgalley, lgbtq
    When I’m done crying, I’ll draft my review. Simply gorgeous, brave, and raw.

    Full review to be posted on my blog in April.

    Thanks NetGalley for the ARC.
    Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
    3.5 stars rounded up because I so loved this author’s first memoir - A Homemade Life.
    Apr 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: biography-memoir
    As a huge fan of the Spilled Milk podcast and both hosts' respective books, I am so excited for this!
    Debra Oehlberg
    Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
    ***Spoiler Alert (parts of the book are discussed) I had forgotten that this book was a memoir until the end. In fact, I thought this was the oddest story that could not be real, but yet was so very detailed. It seemed unreal that a lesbian lawyer who was willing to fraternize with someone who was on the jury, albeit after the case had ended. It also seemed amazing that a straight husband who thought he had a straight wife could be SO understanding, even letting his ex work in his own restaurant ...more
    Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Although I have not read Molly's previous works, I have been an avid listener of the podcast, Spilled Milk, which she hosts with her good friend, Matthew Amster-Burton. After listening to over 400 episodes of the two of them banter about food, reminisce about their childhoods, and share snippets of their current lives, they feel like old friends to me. Although they don't go into great detail about their personal lives, I did pick up on the fact that Molly was no longer with her husband and ...more
    Sharon Anderson
    Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
    I received an advance copy of this book for my honest review. So I have to be honest. I absolutely LOVED Molly Wizenberg’s earlier memoir, A Homemade Life—I mean, LOVED. However, I didn’t love this one.

    I’m trying to put my finger on why I didn’t love it. I’m keeping an open mind and learning about gender issues, and I don’t see myself as a judgmental person (at least not anymore—I’ll admit I used to be much more, but I’ve changed a lot in the past 3-4 years, thankfully!). So the reason I’m
    Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I'm not one who normally reads memoirs as a norm. The Fixed Stars by Molly Wizenberg is spectacular. And it reads like a novel which I absolutely love. This book has made me rethink stereotypes and ideas about people who become attracted and in love with a person of the same sex. Molly Wizenberg is a great writer and this story flows nicely. I had received this book from the publisher Abrams books for a fair and honest review. This memoir will stay with me as one of the best memoirs I've ever ...more
    Cam Kovach
    Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it
    I had the opportunity to read an advance reader copy of this book, and have had about a week to digest it. The writing is very good. Not sure how I feel about the book as a whole, and I think that's because the topic was unexpected and it is taking me a while to wrap my mind around it. There have certainly been examples of an individual's sexuality changing over time, but I'd never read extensively nor deeply about it. This book examines that very personal and intimate topic. I appreciate the ...more
    Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc
    I received an advance copy of this from NetGalley.

    I had followed Molly Wizenberg's blog and her waffle recipe is one of my favorites. I lost track of her after blog readers started disappearing (RIP Google Reader) and so I was suprised when I saw this title and wanted to catch up on what had happened in her life. This is a very honest examination of her life and coming out and what makes a family.
    Catherine E Larklund
    Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Excellent book. Very well written and a thought provoking read. The author presents a very difficult subject with clarity and compassion. Thank you to ABRAMS books for the ARC. It is a book I'm very glad to have read and would recommend to anyone.
    Daven Ralston
    Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This book would be on my required reading list if I had one
    Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I'm going to have to come back to this review, because I have a lot of (very positive!) feelings about this book that I just don't have time to write out right now.
    Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: biography
    This is a beautifully written memoir and one that I enjoy. Thank you to the author for sharing her intimate thoughts and life with us. It's raw, relatable, and honest. I won this in exchange for my review.
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    I started out as a food writer focused on home cooking, using food as a lens for peering into everyday life and relationships. I was interested in people, in how we find and make meaning for ourselves. I still am. My latest book, The Fixed Stars, is a memoir about sexuality, divorce, and motherhood. I wrote it because, in my mid-thirties, nearly a decade into marriage and newly a mother, I lost ...more
    “My husband and I would be separate people, as I envisioned it. We would be as important individually as we were together, as a couple. We'd be discrete entities with our own histories, energy, and motion, but we'd be bound to each other like stars in a constellation: a union born by the force of imagination and emotion, by the curious work of the human mind.” 0 likes
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