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1185 Park Avenue: A Memoir Paperback – May 2, 2000
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How wrong I was. Roiphe has written the best memoir I have ever encountered. Each character is so well described that I swear I could pick any one of them out in a crowd, regardless of whether they are now dead or alive. I normally have some distaste for changes in tense, but Roiphe achieves this so artfully, I rarely noticed.
Roiphe, though her descriptions are vivid and not in any sense concise, does not waste a word. I sometimes found myself unexpectedly laughing, and at one point, incredibly, weeping. Her analogies, her descriptions, her words....all are just remarkably brilliant. I will never be able to forget her family anymore than Roiphe herself will. Her talent is nearly incredible.
Even when Roiphe is at her most descriptive, the reader is so present in this memoir, as if we are standing slightly to the side of Roiphe,, at her elbow, throughout the entire book. We understand everything.
I couldn't recommend a memoir more highly than I do this one, and at that, I couldn't recommend any book more highly than I do this one. I've found a new favorite.
They say that women tend to marry men like their fathers. Anne's first husband, although perhaps a brilliant young playwright, was just as abusive toward his wife and indifferent to his child and had Roiphe's father been.Read more ›
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I thought this was a well-written memoir that struck very close to home for me. In the end, it is what it is, with all its strengths and weaknesses - the family.Published 11 months ago by firstname.lastname@example.org
This memoir offers a behind the scenes look at a 1950s wealthy and dysfunctional Jewish family in New York City. Read morePublished 13 months ago by "carpelibrum"
I read this book from cover to cover hoping to find evidence of some humanity among these people. They brought new meaning to the term, "dysfunctional family". Read morePublished 15 months ago by Cooking Grammie
I found the time period, culture and psychology to be interesting but almost too depressing to read. Not a happy bookPublished on October 30, 2013 by happy treader
I read Roiphe's Lovingkindness years ago and it still remains one of the best pieces of prose I have enjoyed. I searched Amazon for her other books and ordered both 1185 Park Ave. Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by Barb
One family's life in the wealthy Jewish community on Park Avenue in the 40's and onward. Her book triggered her nephew, Marko Roth, to write the book "The Scientists". Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by TheShadow
Really enjoyed this book, I could relate to many of the places since I lived the same kind of life with many of the same kinds of people. Well written!Published on August 17, 2011 by Ellen Feder
This is a book by Anne Roiphe. It is about her family. Her family members aren't particularly likeable, but they're all she has. There is nothing much to say about this book. Read morePublished on April 18, 2011 by Anne Salazar
Author Anne Roiphe explores the bonds of family and the tension of dysfunction that ultimately define the lives of those living at 1185 Park Avenue: A Memoir. Read morePublished on October 10, 2010 by Laurel-Rain Snow