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A Few Thousand Words about Love Hardcover – February, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st St. Martin's ed edition (February 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312173555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312173555
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,437,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This excellent anthology compiled by Pearlman (A Place Called Home) offers 17 short memoirs by established and emerging writers, including a piece by the editor, that deal with love in all it's complexities. The selections are a pleasure to read, both for the outstanding quality of the writing as well as for the uniqueness of each experience. Several authors reminisce about loving their partners. Ron Carlson's "Longevity" addresses his 28-year marriage; Larry O'Connor's "My Belt" is a story of a romantic fling with his wife in Paris. In "First Love," what she calls a work of "fiction-memoir," Joyce Carol Oates remembers the emotional chaos she went through when, as a college student, she fell in love with an African American male classmate. Peter Cameron's "Excerpts From Swan Lake" describes the time he and his lover, Neal, stayed at his grandmother's home, although he was never able to bring himself to tell her that he is gay. Carolyn See's "Beulah Land," a poignant tale of her childhood anguish when her father moved away, and Katherine Weber's arresting memoir of her grandmother's decade-long affair with George Gershwin, are both memorable.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Here Pearlman (also editor of A Place Called Home, LJ 8/96) collects essays and memoirs about love, the emotion that motivates so many human actions. Contemporary authors (Linda Hogan, Elizabeth McCracken, Brian Hall, Joyce Carol Oates, and notable others) contemplate love in a variety of situations: a grandmother's affair with George Gershwin; the longevity of a marriage; a gay man's love for his grandmother; the adoption of a biracial daughter; the love of fictional characters; love of country; a Chinese father's love letters to the author's mother. If a picture is worth a thousand words, these few thousand words about love paint a vivid landscape of that emotion in the modern world. Recommended for public libraries. [More historical selections can be found in The Book of Love, LJ 2/1/98.?Ed.]?Katherine K. Koenig, The Ellis Sch., Pittsburg.
-?Katherine K. Koenig, The Ellis Sch., Pittsburgh
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
What a gem of a collection! Writers new to me as well as some favorites are all wonderful and charming and loose and intelligent in this odd little collection. The only one that disappointed was Joyce Carol Oates, but only one dud isn't bad. Some of these essays are as good or better than fiction by these illustrious authors. Perfect for book discussion groups.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
As the Amazon review says, this is hardly the sappy fare you'd expect from a book so titled... actually, one of my favourites was the piece from Joyce Carol Oates, although I found the piece by Katherine Weber less entertaining. In any case, this is a very sharp collection of essays and excerpts about love.
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