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At Home in the World by Joyce Maynard
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Jan 22, 2011

it was amazing
Read in February, 2011

I spent the first half of this book so frustrated with the author. She chronicles her life up to age 45 or so and the first half focus's on her childhood with her alcoholic father and slightly strange mother. She writes and is featured in a new york times article at age 17. She then is sent fan mail one letter from the notoriously private JD Salinger and off she goes on a writing then meeting affair (w/o sex). Maynard writes in a way that's readable and it flows. She is so honest and talented. I just wish she was more confident and less needing of approval. but that is her story and I respect it. She grows and the reader grows with her. I had a tough time with the first half but the second half was smooth sailing. I am going to check out her novels.
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Priscilla I'm eager to see how you like this...

Sarah Obsesses over Books & Cookies I'm about 150 pages in. It reads easily enough but the material seems dense so I have to put it down every so often. So far I have conflicted feelings. I have never read Joyce Maynards novels but have come across her books a lot lately ( I work at a library) and I love memoirs esp ones having to do with writing. And like most people I loved catcher in the rye so here I am.
I am hating JD Salinger which probably isn't unusual given what she's writing about and I guess honestly I'm not liking her that much either. I want to shake her and say WAKE UP!!! but i'm intrigued because she does write well and it's fantastic how she can write in the mind of her 17 year old self as if it were happening right now. I can relate on some levels, having alcoholism in the family and an absent father (and mother for that matter) and wanting to please etc. but at the same time I'm thinking how i want her to stay away from him and not damage herself by his bitter opinions of the world and his thoughts on food and everyday material things.
I'll let u know when i'm done,


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