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Family Paperback – February 9, 2002
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It's pretty hard to say why, but let me give it a shot: the way his writing conveys his affection for his near family and his ancestors without losing his sense of humour about them. (Ian Frazier started out as a humor writer.) His beautiful descriptions of the countryside he travels through, country you might otherwise think was much worth looking at. His wonderful details about his family history make you feel like everyone's family is important.
Since I first read this book, I have developed a true genealogy fixation, trying to recapture the feeling Frazier invokes in this wonderful book. I wish he would write more.
attempted, much less achieved:the telling of a personal tale
with such sensitivity and imagination that the personal is
transcended to become, quite possibly, the universal. The
story -- of his family's migration, settlement and
flourishing in America -- is at once both epic and
allegorical. Equal parts history, autobiography, and
geneaology, the story takes us from Frazier's family's early
haunts in colonial Connecticut (and a host of other places)
all the way into the contemporary interior lives of his
parents, siblings, and of course, himself. Along the way, we
are treated not just to stories of family life, but to
grand meditations upon the meanings of history, family, and
the ever-longed-for (in our time) "community." A generous book
from a brilliant writer ("Great Plains," "Dating Your Mom")
and regular "New Yorker"contributor, "Family" is a work of
American narrative that should take its place alongside other
masterworks such as Alex Haley's "Roots"and Norman Maclean's
"A River Runs Through It"as an offering of passion and insight
on the notion of belonging -- to our own families, and to the
often fractious and ever elusive "American family."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Frazier's "FAMILY" was very helpful for me in terms of giving me insight on writing a family history.Published 9 days ago by Casey
I thought this would be a Frazier relative but it wasn't but then I though I was related to Davy Crockett too lol.Published 3 months ago by Barbara
A literature-lover's guide to a middle-west family history. By a famous American author.Published 5 months ago by DUSA
Have not started to read yet bury appears to be everything I expected.Published 15 months ago by Carol Springsteen
A well-written, thoroughly researched history of US over
the past 200 years, as seen from the vantage point of
the author's family.
I like Ian Frazier as a writer, but felt this book was a personal family story that is only important to his family. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Dixie A. Blake
I'm not finished with it yet, but I love Ian Frazier's narrative. He uses such poetic language and images along side interesting facts. Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by Webbpowers
Frazier is surely one of the greatest writers of nonfiction in America today. How wonderfully he clothes the skeleton of the family tree. Read morePublished on October 17, 2011 by Elaine Holzapfel