Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Chronology of Water: A Memoir Paperback – April 1, 2011
|New from||Used from|
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
"I've read Ms. Yuknavitch's book The Chronology of Water, cover to cover, a dozen times. I am still reading it. And I will, most likely, return to it for inspiration and ideas, and out of sheer admiration, for the rest of my life. The book is extraordinary." Chuck Palahniuk, Pygmy
"I love this book and I am thankful that Lidia Yuknavitch has written it for me and for everyone else who has ever had to sometimes kind of work at staying alive. It’s about the body, brain, and soul of a woman who has managed to scratch up through the slime and concrete and crap of life in order to resurrect herself. The kind of book Janis Joplin might have written if she had made it through the fire - raw, tough, pure, more full of love than you thought possible and sometimes even hilarious. This is the book Lidia Yuknavitch was put on the planet to write for us." Rebecca Brown, author of The Gifts of the Body
"The Chronology of Water’s central metaphor works beautifully: we all keep our heads above water, look around, and enjoy our corporeal life despite all the reasons not to; beyond that, the book is immensely impressive to me on a human level: the narrator/speaker/protagonist/author emerges from a seriously hellish childhood and spooky adolescence into a middle age not of bliss, certainly, but of convincing engagement and satisfaction." David Shields, author of Reality Hunger: A Manifesto
"This intensely powerful memoir touches depths yet unheard of in contemporary writing. I read it at one sitting and wondered for days after about love, time, and truth. Can't get me any more excited than this." Andrei Codrescu, author of The Poetry Lesson
"Flooded with light and incandescent beauty, Lidia Yuknavitch's The Chronology of Water cuts through the heart of the reader. These fierce life stories gleam, fiery images passing just beneath the surface of the pages. You will feel rage, fear, release, and joy, and you will not be able to stop reading this deeply brave and human voice." Diana Abu-Jaber, Origin: A Novel
"Lidia Yuknavitch’s memoir The Chronology of Water is a brutal beauty bomb and a true love song. Rich with story, alive with emotion, both merciful and utterly merciless, I am forever altered by every stunning page. This is the book I’m going to press into everyone’s hands for years to come. This is the book I've been waiting to read all of my life." Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild
From the Inside Flap
Top Customer Reviews
I can deal with stories that are all style, no substance––as long as it's good style. The frustrating thing here is that there is obviously a ton of substance to be found in Yuknavitch's life but she tries too hard to play word games which aren't half as new or interesting as she thinks they are. The genuinely touching moments get lost in all that static. She proudly proclaims that she's a "weird" writer ("'Experimental' sounds dumb, and 'Innovative' sounds strangely snooty") who likes to break the rules of language, but none of that creativity is displayed here. It's not experimental and definitely not innovative to use the same tired, cliché phrase over and over again in a >300 page book, but I guess it could be weird. Or lazy. Or maybe just bad writing.
There are … dramatic pauses that would make any adolescent diarist proud. They happen … quite often. There are lots of run-on sentences I mean it's to convey the urgency and the wonder and the breathtaking beauty and drama and the whole everything of everything of it all but you know when it happens so often and watch out here's a wordbond I just made up wow isn't that cool and edgy and awesome and really my point is that after a while these blocks of text get exhausting and not in a good way. They lose their effect and it becomes a chore to slog through them.Read more ›
The fairly enlightened women in my book club selected this tome, so in a way, I was forced to read it. The first question I posed to the group was "Is anyone else having trouble connecting to, or caring about this woman?" Apparently they were not. I believe they may have been blinded by her particular shade of blue to notice that she is a self destructive, other's destructive name dropping narcissistic psychopath who barfs all over the page and consequently all over the reader.
No, Lidia, I am not impressed with your run-on sentences and words all smashed together in the "I know the rules, so I'm allowed to break them" style. No, Lidia, I am not impressed with your Unchronological storytelling that reads as if chunks of this book were written decades apart. No, Lidia, I am not impressed that you are 'brave enough' to tell your story honestly. In fact, I don't think you are honest, and that you are still side-stepping your pain by using literary device and writing razzle dazzle.
I'm going to read it to the end (and I'm a little angry about that), if for no other reason than to be able to knowledgeably argue the points outlined above to my book group. I'm two-thirds of the way in and am waiting to see if the author redeems herself and has some kind of personal transformation or revelation that could in any way indicate a reason that she wrote this, other than, "Lookit me. I'm in your face."
I see you.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautifully written memoir that lets it all hang out and then some. Not sure I want to know this much, and not sure I trust every details, but still, a fabulous ride.Published 5 days ago by lr
Outstanding read. It has too be true because not even the best mystery/suspense writer could think to write this story. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
She writes w such honestly and realness, as a person (middle aged woman) working through childhood trauma and neglect and abuse, I had to pace myself bc she is amazing at putting... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Jennifer L. Stewart
I'm not sure what I can say other than wow. Lidia took me places I've never been. Through her words, I felt as if we were sitting, having coffee and chatting. Love this book.Published 21 days ago
I kinda was lost, reading this. I remember being intrigued but couldn't relate to a lot of it. I'm just not the right audience as its well written about things I don't really... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Janniegrrl
Holy s***, Yuknavitch. This collection punch me in the throat and then brought me tea and stroked my hair. This writing is so intense. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lauren Pilcher
This book was exactly as I expected after watching Dr. Yuknavitch's TED talk on misfits, and was a very enjoyable read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Laura L. Light