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Heating and Cooling
Heating and Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs | Beth Ann Fennelly
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The 52 micro-memoirs in the genre-defying Heating & Cooling offer bright glimpses into a richly lived life. They build on one another to arrive at a portrait of Beth Ann Fennelly as a wife, mother, writer, and deeply original observer of life's challenges and joys. Some pieces are wistful, some poignant, and many of them reveal the humor buried below the surface of everyday interactions. Heating & Cooling shapes a life from unexpectedly illuminating moments, and awakens us to these moments as they appear in the margins of our lives. "Insightful and precise. . . . A portrait of a life that is deeply felt and fully awake."--Ann Patchett "Strong and at the same time wonderfully vulnerable. There is a matter-of-fact revelation inherent in her work. I deeply enjoyed this book--deeply."--Dorothy Allison "The pieces . . . look like jewels--finely wrought, lyric and subtle--but they expose themselves as creatures: vital, writhing, surprising, alive."--Leslie Jamison
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brindagulati
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Redefining the genre of non fiction infused with prose poetry and pithy chapters ranging from two sentences to two pages.

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Krisjericho
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Pickpick

Like with any collection, there were parts that I liked more than others, but this one had enough lines that made me laugh and made me wince from truth that it is definitely worth the quick read.

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Well-ReadNeck
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Loved this innovative little collection. They are like a Jackson Pollock painting: at first, you think, it‘s so easy, I could do that, but after reflection and a close look, it‘s simply genius.

https://wellreadneck.wordpress.com/2018/08/17/heating-cooling-52-micro-memoirs-b...

#MonthOfMemoirs

CherylRussell Exactly. This book is a gem. 😍 1y
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Elle_Skeldon
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Pickpick

I loved this collection! While it seems at first like a petite portion of prose fit to tickle your funny bone, it becomes something much more. This is quick read great for transitioning from book to book or for anyone who has had trouble finishing things lately.
👏🏼 Ms. Fennelly! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

britt_brooke I loved this, too! 1y
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Nafiza
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Pickpick

This was a quirky bite-sized read. Fantastic as a palate cleanser before a weightier read.

#nonfiction

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CoffeeK8
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12 books total this month
All 12 by women authors or editors (Not That Bad did have male contributors)
5 from the library
3 audiobooks
#junestats

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CoffeeK8
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Pickpick

Lovely little bite-sized essays about her life. It has a poetry feel, but was mostly prose. Perfection!

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BornReadChicago
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brought this gem along on our Spring Break and would feel remiss if I didn‘t tell y‘all how much I loved it! If you have seen mention of Heating and Cooling, you might be wondering if it‘s worth your time because the idea of micro memoirs sounds odd. It only takes an hour or so to read, and trust me when I say that I would have read a 300+ page book of Fennelly‘s uproarious, emotionally raw, and searing wit. Definitely worth your time. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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UrsulaMonarch
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I thought this started out a bit light but it grew into a profound collection. I especially loved the writing about her sister and children. The micro-memoir pictured was my favorite- the change in tone is breathtaking.

BookNAround I adored this collection. 2y
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Mitch
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A wonderfully crafted memoir in 52 short episodes, some just a sentence, others 4 pages long. Some of the memoirs are almost like poems in complete sentences. What I loved is these are very open and beautifully observed, Fennelly hones in on the details of life. Because of this, unlike other memoirs, it felt very universal & less about the authors life and more about prodding my own memory and reflection on relationships, marriage and family.

Eggs Sounds good 2y
BookNAround I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! 2y
Mitch I have 2 friends birthdays coming up this month - I‘m getting each of them a copy! @BookNAround 2y
emilyhaldi Lovely review!! 2y
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Mitch
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“When I was a girl with a book in my hand I could go to a place so deep no one could follow “

Think I spent many years as a kid in that place. I loved it there.

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Mitch
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Pausing my walk to dive into my #Easterbasketbookswap

Crazy coincidence- whilst walking I was listening to the ever brilliant Reading Women and @autumnprivett and @kdwinchester were talking about a recent interview with the new to me author that I have in my bag! You‘re so on point @BookNAround

Betty What a great place to walk! Had to go to your Goodreads profile to see where you are. 2y
Mitch I live in east London @Betty and I love it. It‘s close to the centre of town, but also full of parks, woodland and green spaces. The canal runs across the bottom of our street. So there‘s lots of options for walks! 2y
Betty I'd wondered if that was a canal. Reminded me of canals in Amsterdam and Wash D.C. which is why I looked to see where you are. 2y
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emilyhaldi Lovely! ✨ 2y
autumnprivett That‘s so fantastic!! 2y
Mitch I know @autumnprivett - almost exactly as you guys were saying into my ear to head over to the website and check out the latest interviews, I was settling down to read my new gifted book. Freaky! 😀 2y
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britt_brooke
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Loved these quick reads! 💚

#QuickRead #ReadingResolutions

Kalalalatja Pretty covers! 2y
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Smangela The cover for Goodbye, Vitamin always catches my eye 😍 2y
britt_brooke @Smangela I love it, too! 2y
Reviewsbylola Loved Vitamin!! 🍋 2y
Bookishthoughts How did you like The Lover's Dictionary? I feel lile this one has to be read as a book not a ebook. 2y
britt_brooke @LazyDays I really liked it! I read it in print, but I think ebook might be okay, too. 2y
Bookishthoughts It looks super adorable! I had it on my March TBR but it may be an April one?? Have you ever read "House of leaves"? That one has to be read in print for sure. 2y
britt_brooke @LazyDays I haven‘t read that but I‘ve seen photos of some of the pages. Looks crazy and interesting, but might lean a little too “horror” for me. I‘m a 🐔💩!! 2y
Bookishthoughts @britt_brooke LOVE the emojis! 😂 I havent read it either someone suggested it to me a few years ago. 2y
britt_brooke @LazyDays 😆 I‘m such a horror wimp. I‘ve seen amazing reviews for it though. 2y
Bookishthoughts @britt_brooke horror books are scarier then movies!😂 I guess they are doing the job right of we are scared.😄😄🌈 2y
britt_brooke @LazyDays YES, lol .... and I can‘t handle either one! 🙈 2y
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thereadingwomen
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Did you know we have a new Q&A on the blog with Beth Ann Fennelly? We both loved these mini, poetic stories that manage to be both touching and funny, while often fitting on one page. As she says, "The micro-memoirs in HEATING & COOLING explore the reverberations of a moment, particularly moments that seem small, unimportant, but, when the noise and clutter are cleared away, reveal themselves to be central to identity." It‘s on our website!

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britt_brooke
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I‘m a big memoir fan and I loved this unique take on the genre. Fennelly presents snippets of her life that give you almost enough. I appreciate the missing pieces. The style works. These thoughtfully-written essays range from a couple sentences to a few short pages. I want more!

LoveToReadLiveToRead For a brief moment, I thought you‘d put that stick on top of your kindle!! I was half way through a horrified thought about the sticky screen when my brain finally kicked in. 🤦🏼‍♀️ 2y
rubyslippersreads I got this (a signed copy!!!) as a gift from @BookNAround and am looking forward to reading it. 2y
BookNAround I loved this one and I hope @rubyslippersreads does too. 2y
britt_brooke @rubyslippersreads Lucky!! Great gift @BookNAround ! 💚 2y
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britt_brooke
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Quite enjoying this little book. Thanks for bringing it to my attention a few weeks ago @Well-ReadNeck !

#currentlyreading #booksandbrews

Well-ReadNeck Yay!!! 2y
Well-ReadNeck Glad you‘re enjoying it! 2y
JenReadsAlot I really need to get that pint glass 😁 2y
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JenReadsAlot I just bought it! Thanks for the link. 2y
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tif
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Just finished this cute little book that the wonderful @booknaround sent me. It's 52 "micro memoirs" that are mostly recollections of sad, funny or meaningful things that happened in the author's life. I loved the sense of humour and writing style and found that some of the shortest stories were the most moving. Fennelly sure does have a way with words. A definite recommendation from me.

BookNAround I‘m so glad the package got there! I loved this little book and haven‘t seen it get much attention at all so I‘m on a quest to change that almost single handedly. 😁 2y
tif @BookNAround I'm going to join your quest! I adored it! 2y
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triplem80
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"Everything she had was better than everything the rest of us had. Not by a lot. But by enough."

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Well-ReadNeck
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I sort of loved this. Seems like such a fun and difficult form to master, but such a lovely and vulnerable book.

britt_brooke This sounds good. #stacked 2y
JaclynW Cool cover! 2y
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Well-ReadNeck
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#libraryhaul

Went into the library to pickup the teeny Heating and Cooling and found a couple of other goodies, too. #sorrynotsorry

valeriegeary I have been eyeing both Heating an Cooling AND Rachel! Hope they are good! 2y
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Rcoco
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed most of these essays. They just left me wanting. It‘s a slim volume. We get a glimpse of her grief but no explanation about her sister‘s death. That is just one topic she covers. Well-written but not quite satisfying.

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thereadingwomen
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This seems like the perfect read for these mild southern “winters” we have. As soon as I heard of HEATING & COOLING, I knew I had to read it. It‘s a collection of micro essays that come together to create a micro memoir. Can‘t wait to jump in. What are you reading this weekend? - A

Thanks @w.w.norton for sending us a copy.

LisaJo Such a huge fan of Beth Ann. She is a wonderful poet. As well as a novelist - she cowrote a book with her husband. He says she wrote like 85% of it. And I am also looking forward to reading this book. 2y
readinginthedark I have this one but haven‘t had time to pick it up yet! So excited. 😊 2y
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BookNAround
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I picked this up yesterday at McNally Jackson and I am thoroughly enjoying it so far. It‘s making me laugh and appreciate how hard it must be to write a memoir in this short piece form.

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Happiestwhenreading
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Panpan

Not gonna lie - super disappointed in this one. I didn‘t get it. This is now considered a book?? It‘s nothing more than musings - some just a sentence or two! Maybe I had higher expectations for a book I receive through a subscription service. Maybe the reviews had me hyped up for something different. I‘m not sure, but this book did absolutely nothing for me.

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Booksnchill
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At the Southern Festival of Books - just heard Beth Ann Fennelly the Poet Laureate of Mississippi reading from her work Heating and Cooling:52 Micro Memoirs. She is a wonderful speaker and the essays are by turns hilarious and poignant. I will be buying this one!

mom2bugnbee Do you live in Nville? I'm in Murfreesboro; unfortunately, just have too much to make it this weekend! Enjoy! 2y
Booksnchill @mom2bugnbee i work in Nashville but live in the ‘Boro- cool! 2y
mom2bugnbee @Booksnchill No kidding! Awesome! 😁 2y
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lynneamch #Nashville was so fun. Looking forward to next year. 2y
Booksnchill @lynneamch did you travel here? If so welcome and stay longer next year it‘s a great place! 2y
lynneamch Yep. From Ten Mile (closer to Knoxville). 2y
Booksnchill 👍 2y
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Bookquilter
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Short but powerful... micro memoir is a good description of the content. Parts have got my mind cranking ... looking for other work by Fennelly.

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Bookquilter
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#confession: I may leave an hour early for work because traffic is a crap shoot or my built in emergency time may actually be built in reading time away from text and stupid questions... ARC in the mail yesterday. Have a great day ☀️

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Bookquilter
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Super excited, because this is not on the library's to be ordered list yet.

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Lacythebookworm
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I left this feeling like I could have a chat with the author. While the stories are truly micro, they're also revealing. Witty, quick read.

LibrarianJen I've heard so many good things about this book, I can't wait to read it. 2y
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Lacythebookworm
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This tiny book is superb! I'm sharing one of the shorter micro-memoirs to give you a taste of Fennelly's writing style. It's very witty and honest.

(Comes out in October)

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surlyspice
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devoured these clever "micro memoirs" in a sitting, sharing several with @helgagrace on the way

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Lacythebookworm
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Loving these micro-memoirs! It's incredible how much can be captured in one or two paragraphs 📚🙌

Peddler410 I picked that one up, too! 2y
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shutupsmalls
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Oh man. I wish I hadn't blown through this book as fast as I did but I couldn't help it. (And anyway, I will reread it but slower in the future.) Funny and sweet and heartbreaking and gorgeous and most of all genuine, always. I will be recommending this to everyone, forever, I think.

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shutupsmalls

When I was a girl with a book in my hand I could go to a place so deep no one could follow.