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The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch
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Feb 07, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: interlibrary-loans, library-reads, 2012

I'm not sure how I feel about this book. As I told a friend as I read it, my heart broke for Yuknavitch about ten times before I'd even made it 100 pages in. Her honesty is brutal, her unwillingness to exploit the sexual abuse and emotional abuse she suffered and her refusal to turn the book into an addiction memoir is commendable. Instead it is simply a book about Lidia, with nothing held back. She lays it all out on the table, every last card, every terrible, horrible decision, every sexual escapade and asks for nothing in return. I admit I was a bit frustrated by the name-dropping in the middle chapters because I feel she is strong enough on her own without saying, "Oh look who I know, look who I wrote with." Obviously Ken Kesey and Kathy Acker meant a lot to her, a literary mother and a literary father for someone who didn't really have a mother or a father, but the rest of the name-dropping seemed excessive. This book is amazing proof of the power of human will to survive and to make good, even with the worst of beginnings, and how creating family, in any permutation, can lead to much-needed healing.
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February 7, 2012 – Shelved
February 17, 2012 – Started Reading
February 17, 2012 – Shelved as: interlibrary-loans
February 17, 2012 – Shelved as: library-reads
February 20, 2012 – Finished Reading
April 16, 2012 – Shelved as: 2012

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Kassie I own a paper copy of this if you want to borrow!

Karyl Oh really, Kassie?! I would love it. I looked for it at the library and they didn't have it. You are AWESOME. xoxox

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Erin Oh I really want to read this.

Karyl I had to get it from interlibrary loan because the NPL didn't have it.

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