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The Merry Recluse : A Life in Essays - Caroline Knapp

The Merry Recluse

A Life in Essays

Paperback Published: 20th April 2005
ISBN: 9781582433141
Number Of Pages: 304

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From the best-selling author of Drinking: A Love Story, and Appetites: Why Women Want comes this unforgettable collection spanning fifteen years of observations on modern culture and women's lives. Caroline Knapp's readers are known not just for their number, but for their intense connection to her work. Knapp connected so well in part because of the intense focus she brought to her subjects. Now, with The Merry Recluse: A Life in Essays, Knapp shows us that her vision through a wider lens is as brilliant as through a narrow one. These essays paint the fullest picture of this wonderful writer that we've yet seen, but they are also a full portrait of a writing life, showing how the same themes can engage--and expand--a writer over a lifetime. Knapp, who died in 2002, was considered one of the country's more intelligent and graceful voices in memoirs. This collection also shows her to be a witty, provocative observer of the world around her.

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"Most memorable...are [Knapp's] forthright, unsentimental examinations of her life as a woman living alone and working alone... An intelligent voice that spoke with grace, honesty, and humor."

Introductionp. ix
With: Friendship, Family, Love, Lucillep. 1
On Being a Twinp. 3
The Cord That Bindsp. 8
Breaking Awayp. 12
Girl Crushesp. 16
When You Just Want to Be Lovedp. 24
Confessions of a Control Freakp. 30
Letter to Zoep. 35
Grace Notesp. 39
How to Have a Dog's Lifep. 45
Lucille Versus Stumpyp. 50
My Canine, Myselfp. 54
Dog Groupp. 58
No Dogs Allowedp. 62
Best of Breed: The Mixp. 66
Without: Grief, Loss, Sobrietyp. 69
The Grace Periodp. 71
Grief Stagesp. 74
Mid-Mourningp. 77
A Mother's Workp. 80
Detail Workp. 85
Grieving Lessonsp. 89
Clearing Upp. 93
Food as Enemyp. 97
Getting Betterp. 110
On Lonelinessp. 114
Lessons in Lossp. 117
Living Without Alcoholp. 121
A Letter to My Fatherp. 125
Acamprosatep. 133
The Problem with Moderationp. 136
Life Without Anesthesiap. 141
Out There: The State of the Worldp. 149
An Open Letter to Corporate Americap. 151
Twelve Steps Downp. 155
From Ares to Ridiculesp. 159
Beyond Bad Hairp. 163
Notes on Davep. 167
What Women Really Need from Sciencep. 171
He Says, She Saysp. 175
Dicking Aroundp. 179
Death to Nicenessp. 182
Harassment 101p. 185
Patchworkp. 189
Longing to Be Italianp. 193
Why We Keep Stuffp. 195
Teddy Bear IIp. 199
Nesting Feverp. 203
Sloblessnessp. 207
Notes on Nestingp. 211
Overload, Post 9/11p. 215
In Here: Reflectionsp. 219
Longing for Normalcyp. 221
Endless (and Endless) Summerp. 225
Coming Homep. 229
Nothing to Wearp. 233
Exercising Optionsp. 237
I Hate Moneyp. 241
Satan Deals the Cardsp. 245
Transfer Stationp. 249
The Rage Cagep. 253
The Feminine Critiquep. 257
Barbie Does Deathp. 261
Biceps Changed My Lifep. 265
The Merry Recluse: Solitude, Shyness, Lonelinessp. 269
Time Alonep. 271
Speaking Out for Shynessp. 278
The Merry Reclusep. 286
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ISBN: 9781582433141
ISBN-10: 1582433143
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 20th April 2005
Publisher: Counterpoint,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 13.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition