LitStack Rec: I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place & Siege Line

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I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place: A Memoir, by Howard Norman Howard Norman’s memoir, I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place, is a collection of five long essays, each connected by a time and event of what the author calls an “arresting strangeness.” A Midwest summer of working in a bookmobile and an encounter with [….]

LitStack Recs: Memoirs of Place and The Dinosaur Heresies

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On Memoirs of Place: A Quick List I always appreciate a good memoir that centers on place. And luckily, there are writers who view setting as a key element of experience. For this reader, when place, any place, has a role in the account—a crumbling childhood home in Far Rockaway, N.Y., a remote mountain road [….]

LitStack Recs: ‘I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place’ and ‘Born to Pull’

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I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place Howard Norman In the essay-as-memoir, the writer can do a lot of things. She can describe some particularity of the world—a crime scene, the failure of a marriage, the loss of a parent—and at the same time, reveal something about herself. This blend of self and the world [….]