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Dimestore: A Writer's Life | Lee Smith
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For the inimitable Lee Smith, place is paramount. For forty-five years, her fiction has lived and breathed with the rhythms and people of the Appalachian South. But never before has she written her own story. Set deep in the mountains of Virginia, the Grundy of Lee Smiths youth was a place of coal miners, tent revivals, mountain music, drive-in theaters, and her daddys dimestore. It was in that dimestore--listening to customers and inventing adventures for the stores dolls--that she became a storyteller. Even when she was sent off to college to earn some culture, she understood that perhaps the richest culture she might ever know was the one she was driving away from--and its a place that she never left behind. Dimestores fifteen essays are crushingly honest, wise and perceptive, and superbly entertaining. Smith has created both a moving personal portrait and a testament to embracing ones heritage. Its also an inspiring story of the birth of a writer and a poignant look at a way of life that has all but vanished.
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RidgewayGirl
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Mehso-so

Dimestore is an odd mix of a memoir, beginning with a wonderfully vivid description of her childhood, then wandering all over the place - sometimes about reading, sometimes about writing, sometimes about her daily life, sometimes about teaching.

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LWagoner
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Memoirs can be very difficult to rate, but I absolutely fell in love with this one. These life stories by Lee Smith are honest, funny and hard hitting. She does not shrink away or sugar coat her deep family history of mental illness. This is a well written and refreshing read.

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Eggs
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I write because I want more than one life. -Anne Tyler
I could easily substitute "read" for "write"....

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love old pictures and antiques ❤️ 2y
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Then you would like me because I am old and antique!!! But calling it "vintage" is a little softer, don't you think? ?? 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs I'm sure I would love you ❤️ Vintage, I like that better!! I feel more and more "vintage" everyday!! 2y
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megnews
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"The South runs on denial. We learn denial in the cradle and carry it to the grave. It is absolutely essential to being a lady, for instance."
Ha! Thoroughly enjoying Lee Smith's memoir. Over halfway done. Think I'll finish by the end of the #readathon.

LauraBeth I need to read this... 3y
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megnews
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Folded some laundry. Threw another load in. Started the dishwasher. Grabbed some groceries. Back to the #readathon with another memoir, this time: Dimestore by Lee Smith. Another great Southern author. #memoir

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JenFischS
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😂😂😂

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JenFischS
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CS393
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"Whether we are writing fiction or nonfiction, journaling or writing for publication, writing is an inherently therapeutic activity. Simply to line up words one after another upon a page is to create some order where it did not exist, to give a recognizable shape to the chaos of our lives."
Full review @ www.goodreads.com/review/show/1750567786

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webhau1
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I enjoyed this memoir. To me it was like a collection of short stories as it jumped around a bit. The author shares a lot about her writing process, which is very interesting. She was generously honest in a way that I feel helps people . There is a lot of love shown in this book for her family and her upbringing. There is a great deal about what books and other authors have taught her over time. I am going to read more of her work!

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quietjenn
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While I'm reading away in PA, most of my family is gathering for a family reunion in KY. Reading Lee Smith's memoir is partially a way for me to be there in spirit. (It's pretty close and my grandma grew up somewhere near Grundy.) Only my second hour of #24in48, but I'm all about it!

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MinDea
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Early Reviewer copy from librarything.com! Thanks @AlgonquinBooks

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AFridayFriend
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I was stunned by all our lives. We were divorced, we were gay, we were running large companies, we were living alone on an island, we were dealing with cancer, mental illness, aging parents, children who are not growing up as we expected.

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Well-ReadNeck
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Read for book club. As with many collections of essays, they were hit and miss. Some I loved (dime store; On Lou's Porch; and Goodbye to the Sunset Man). Others just ok.

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VAboTYOoksJO
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Liked the vignettes from her childhood best.

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AFridayFriend
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Happy Mother's Day to me! Now...What to read?

Lakesidemusing Read The Nest first! I'm recommending to all my friends😀 4y
BkClubCare The Nest? 4y
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SurlyBooks
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What a delight this was, and it makes me want to read so many of her novels again. The best memoirs are those in which an author not only reveals themselves but compels the reader to get to their own places of recollection and truth. This is a "best memoir."

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