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on December 5, 2011
Several years ago, Maxine Hong Kingston's previous biographical book with an attached fictional chapter, The Fifth Book of Peace was my favorite of the year and I suggested it to everyone I met. The book, I Love a Broad Margin to My Life, is nearly a follow up work about what happens next as she continues her life journey. It meanders like a large river covering any range of topics giving little gems of subtle ways of thinking about a thing in a new way. It moves fluidly through time with discussions of multiple generations in her family with the central theme about her own upcoming 65th birthday.

One of the charms about the book is the feel of poetry, from the staccato sentence structure, abrupt turn of direction, and the choice to use whatever language best conveys the completion of the thought. It's next to impossible to imagine what's going to happen next and relaxing that part of your brain to just follow the story is a peaceful way to take a break from the day.
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