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Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home Hardcover – March 8, 2011
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Shetterly, who chronicled her cross-country trip from L.A. to Maine for NPR's Weekend Edition, offers this deeper look into her emotional and geographic journey. The recession hit Maine hard in late 2007. Shetterly and her husband, caught off guard, struggled to make a living. Friends in California beckoned the pair, with tales of a sunnier, more prosperous, and stable life. The optimistic young couple, together with their dog and cat, set out for Los Angeles in 2008. A year later, depressed and broke, toting a new baby and minus one pet, they drove back home to Maine, settling in with Shetterly's mother. "My anger had fueled me to the point of outrage—how could America let me down this way? How could America do this to families? Wasn't it just yesterday we were watching Sex and the City and buying fabulous ÿlifestyles' on maxed out credit cards? What had changed overnight?" In this compelling narrative, Shetterly reveals all the messy, mundane details of lives coming undone. However, as she acknowledges sadly, it's her observations on the reduced American lifestyle that give her commentary an edge. Readers would be wise to heed her commentary on the loss of our small towns, homelessness, joblessness and the increasing economic divisions between Americans. (Mar.)
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With this twenty-first-century recession memoir, Shetterly is going to get a lot of feedback from those who have found themselves in similar situations. As she carefully documents in a book that provided the framework for a series of NPR Weekend Edition diary installments, she and her husband, along with their pets, hit the highway in 2008, looking for success in California. Leaving Maine was a huge risk for the young couple, but one filled with promise, especially with potential career advancement in the entertainment industry. Instead, they faced rental traumas, an unplanned pregnancy, and the dawning realization that the economic downturn was personal. Shetterly�s willingness to address her own shortcomings makes for a deeply personal and riveting, alternately funny and poignant read. As the couple, new baby in tow, heads back east to the safety of family, she struggles to find the teachable moment in all that has gone wrong. Forget the Cleavers. Shetterly�s is the new American family, and the faster we realize that, the better we all will be at coping. --Colleen Mondor
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Shetterly shares her experiences, successes and failures with unflinching honesty. The encouragement she describes receiving from readers of her blog as she and her family are huddled into their car traversing the country reminds us of what we can do when we are at our best, as a country.
I hope her next book is a cook book... the way she describes simple, homemade meals put together on a shoe-string budget made my mouth water throughout the book. I strongly recommend this book.
I bought the memoir as soon as it came out. Knowing I've had trouble with memoirs, I was wary, but as an avid NPR fan and someone huddling in grad school because of the recession, the story intrigued me. Shetterly begins at the end: she and her husband, Dan, her dog Hopper, and her new baby son lie in her mother's house in the woods in Maine, just back from an 11-day drive across the country. This drive, long and grueling, filled with strange motels and late-night stops to nurse the baby, was a dragging end to a yearlong odyssey.
After getting married, Caitlin and Dan decided to move to Los Angeles. The city held many possibilities for the two. Dan, a successful photographer who worked his way up from a trailer park outside of Portland, and Caitlin, who, besides Fault Lines, had written various magazine and radio pieces and founded a theater company near her hometown, seemed poised for a promising and successful start to married life in the new city. Only a few months after their move, an unexpected pregnancy arose, the crisis hit, and where Dan had been lining up job after job and traveling around the country and even to Europe, work suddenly dried up and left them with next to nothing to support a new family.
Throughout the ordeal, Shetterly manages to find a voice with the right combination of urgency and reflection. She describes in detail each step of trying to keep their new life together; the reader stays right with her as she sees the effects on her stalwart husband, as she struggles to stretch dollars at the grocery store, as frustration mounts in a series of apartments in the big, unfamiliar city that they can't enjoy like they thought they would be able to. The narrative has its choppy moments, but more often Shetterly's tangents - about childhood memories, about emotional transformations during the ordeal - serve to deepen the story and bring us closer to her experience. She pays careful attention to detailing the changing terrain as they drive cross-country (twice) and make the drastic move from coast to coast.
At its best, this memoir not only combines righteous frustration with the recession, a rich sense of place even when its author has just arrived in a new setting, and a frighteningly sudden and rich emotional journey; it holds beautiful surprises, big and small, like the way Shetterly writes about her dog and cat as essential parts of the family; her strong and beautiful partnership with Dan; the occasional simple and delicious sounding recipe, rattled off in the middle of a scene; and, especially, the kindness and generosity of strangers and far-flung family and friends alike. This chronicle of a hardworking and well-meaning couple's struggle amidst crushing economic forces reminds us, through Shetterly's eyes, that dreams and aspirations may well wither away, but there are forces within and without ourselves that will lead us survival, and, someday, to imagine new dreams, and live them out with the rich and deep background of having fallen down and gotten back up again.
Well worth reading. A terrific book.
"It's funny how your partner can be the person who drives you the most nuts in the world, the person you are the most awful to, the person who sees you the most closely at your worst but is also the one person without whom you'd feel like your life is entirely incomplete."
This is wonderful book; definitely worth reading.
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