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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st ed edition (September 17, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393048055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393048056
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,640,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Pam Houston's can't-put-down collection of essays, A Little More About Me, she describes her globe-trotting adventures spanning five continents with candor and humor, but it's the emotional journey that hits home. We travel vicariously as Houston treks through the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan or dozes while a pride of lions passes her Botswana campsite, but we're right there with her when she talks about her anger-filled childhood, her lifelong obsession with weight, and of course, a penchant for strong, silent types. Her willingness to put herself at risk is her way of coping with these insecurities--each victory on skis or in hiking boots a triumph over those nasty demons. A self-professed nature nut (this is a woman who owns her own horses), Houston is addicted to the next challenge (she's broken seven bones and has twice had search parties sent out for her). Through self-reflection and therapy, however, she's come to realize that saying no to a dangerous endeavor can be just as empowering as conquering any class V rapid. When she opts not to continue a particularly tricky climb in her essay "On (Not) Climbing the Grand Teton," she explains that "true success [lies] within the failure, in listening to my fear and standing firm in my desire to go back down." Houston's writing is straightforward and doesn't get mired in innuendo--she tells it like it is. And because she's not afraid to admit her fears and mistakes, we truly root for her to achieve the balance she's seeking. Though some might find it hard to empathize with someone whose concessions include drawing the line at camping out in 20-degree-below temperatures rather than 60-below, on a fundamental level we can relate. Our coping mechanisms might not be as detrimental to our health, but they are just as real. The powerful messages in A Little More About Me are well worth pondering. --Jill Fergus

From Library Journal

Houston (Cowboys Are My Weakness) has captured the essence of truly living and loving life in her latest work. This collection includes essays (six published here for the first time) written over a period of five years. For Houston this was a time filled with adventure. She traveled extensively through 43 countries on five continents, experiencing the emotional highs and lows of living dramatically face to face with nature. In "Powerhouse by the Brook," written about whitewater rafting in the Rockies, the reader experiences the pull of the rapids, "the water thundering around" and the "roar of the falls." Houston's bold and brash essays cannot completely hide her vulnerability and reflect her search for a balanced truth. Whether she writes about Tibet, Bolivia, or Pennsylvania's Poconos, Houston's essays share a common quest for artistic, spiritual, and emotional satisfaction. Recommended for all public libraries.
-ACynde Bloom Lahey, New Canaan Lib., CT
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne LeBaron on October 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have read, re-read, and often recommended Pam Houston's book "Cowboys Are My Weakness," so it was with a shudder of anticipation that I found her newest book "A Little More About Me" on the table at my local bookseller. Sure, this book is about her (for those other reviewers who missed the point...). But the book manages to be about her, and also about me, and countless other women as well. Through the course of rich and vivid descriptions of her adventures - essays that so often read like long poems - I realized that (once again) Houston is holding a mirror up to womankind and challenging us to recognize the quirks and patterns that have driven us throughout history. Houston's attraction to danger, her need to please men who prove to be inconsequential, her celebration of female friendship and fascination with the inner workings of the opposite sex, and her desire to detail every meal cooked and eaten at trail's end all feel familiar to me. I loved "In the Company of Fishermen". It made me wish I could be there, fishing alongside them. I read it out loud to my three-year-old son, who remained mesmerized to the end. I was glad to be able to give him a great story about men who remain friends, about a brave woman, and to show him that fishermen can be poets, and the reverse as well. Outside her adventures, Houston's writing is sprinkled with references to so many of my favorite things - movies, books, songs, and foods - that it makes it hard NOT to take her writing personally. To the reader looking for a simple adventure tale: Houston's self-disclosure will make you uncomfortable, guaranteed. Even though I'm interested in what makes Houston tick, I found myself a little unnerved by her descriptions of her childhood.Read more ›
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Molly M. Wolf on January 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
I am ashamed to say I had forgotten about Pam Houston.
I read "Cowboys Are My Weakness" back in '92 when it came out and then let this author fall out of my library, until recently when I stumbled (actually tripped in the bookstore) and into the table with this book on it.
What more can I say than... This book is wonderful! The prose is simple and elegant, the sentiment is raw and truthful, the stories are humorous and strike a chord in the soul.
Ms. Houston writes of her travels, revelations, dogs, men, landscape, body image in such a way that I was not able to put the book down. In fact, I found myself stealing into my office for any scrap of time to finish a chapter, a sentence, the entire book in a day.
My recommendation for "A Little More About Me": read it, own it, buy it for a friend!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I anxiously awaited the arrival of this book from the libray. I LOVED "Cowboys...." it had really touched me inside; I felt like the author really understood the types of experiences I have had in my life as an outdoors woman, and the men I have known. "A little bit about me" was a huge disapointment. It felt to me more like writing as therapy, or journal entries, than stories that I could connect to as I have in the past. She does mention doing some therapy, ( which is always a good thing) but I found something lacking in this book, perhaps a sense of something deeper than " I did this, I have done that..." Only in two places did I find the "Pam houston " I was looking for: There is a fabulaous paragrash in the introduction where she talks about NOT climbing the Grand Teton, and the dog stories. The dog stories are absolutely marvelous; it's worh checking this book out just for those bits.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Julia Sullivan on December 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a journalist and as an author of fiction, Pam Houston has never been afraid to be an explorer. This collection of essays covers topics as far-flung as the topography and culture of Bhutan and as close to home as American women's obsession with weight. In every case, Houston's writing exemplifies the virtues of honesty and clarity.
Some might find the collection a bit disjointed (especially those who know Houston's work best from her story collections, "Cowboys Are My Weakness" and "Waltzing the Cat," which share tremendous thematic unity). The fact is that the pieces in this book were written at different times, for different audiences (diverse magazines) and those differences show.
The central thread of this collection, though, is Houston's efforts to understand more about herself. Many readers will sympathize and identify with her, as they are ravished by her brilliant, lucid prose. Pam Houston is definitely my weakness.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Karen on January 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Like some of the other reviewers, I love Pam Houston and found the stories in "Cowboys Are My Weakness" to be among the best I've ever read. This book, however, needed a good edit. While I want to admire Houston's directness, I find her obsessions with such things as her weight and her boyfriends (or lack thereof) very off-putting. It was like reading an endless "Cathy" comic strip.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kim Turnbull on December 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I waited until I sat down outside a little cabin in the Australian bush, just to read this book. I knew it would be good and I knew it would inspire me to drift. Pam Houston is refreshingly honest with her writing, you can taste, see and feel the world she lives in. As a reader of her stories you climb, hike and run rivers, you travel from forested mountain tops to the wild waters of the Colarado and the red rock haze of Southern Utah. This is a book for the adventurous and anyone that wants to travel in their mind. If you have ever questioned the word "Home" this book is for you and if you have ever lived in the mountains you may just want to go back. Terrific!
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