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Elsewhere | Richard Russo
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A" Washington Post" Notable Work of NonfictionAn NPR Best Book of 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo turns to memoir in this hilarious and bittersweet account of his lifelong bond with his high-strung, spirited mother--and the small town she spent her life trying to escape. Anyone familiar with Russo's novels will recognize Gloversville--once famous for producing nine out of ten dress gloves in the United States. By the time Rick was born, ladies had stopped wearing gloves and Gloversville was on its way out. Jean Russo instilled in her son her dream of a better life elsewhere, a dream that prompted her to follow him across the country when he went to college. Their adventures and tribulations on that road trip were a preview of the hold his mother would continue to have on him as she kept trying desperately to change her life. Recounted with a clear-eyed mix of regret, nostalgia, and love, "Elsewhere" is a stirring tribute to the tenacious grip of the past.
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Reviewsbylola
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This was a little different than I was expecting. I wanted a memoir focusing on growing up in a small town, which the beginning touched on. It then morphed into a memoir about Russo's mother, their relationship, and her idiosyncrasies. Eventually at the end it even dealt with mental illness and its effects. There was quit w a lot to touch on and truthfully, it was difficult to like Russo's mom. I'm anxious to read more of his books now.

emilyhaldi This doesn‘t really draw me in 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
Cinfhen Any similarities to 2y
Reviewsbylola No, not in my opinion. @Cinfhen 2y
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Reviewsbylola I read it as an ebook and it kept my interest, so that's a plus. It wasn't the most memorable memoir I've ever read. 2y
Kaye I‘ve been eyeing this one for awhile. Russo is a favorite fiction writer. My favorite is a really old one 2y
Reviewsbylola I need to read some of his books! I have Empire Falls but I will check that one out too. @kaye 2y
Kaye @reviewsbylola That‘s the first one of his I read and really liked it. You can definitely see the advanced way he writes from the first book I mentioned to the second which was quite a bit later in his career. All his books are really good. See below. I messed up this post. (edited) 2y
Kaye Sorry. I didn‘t get both books in the post. First book is 2y
Kaye Second in that set is 2y
Mdargusch Sounds interesting but depressing. 2y
Reviewsbylola The mom is a total asshole. But then after she dies, Russo concludes she suffered from OCD. So at that point I tried to empathize with her, but it was hard. @Mdargusch 2y
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Everyone's been posting about Richard Russo lately so I thought I would share my pick. I loved this memoir about Russo's relationship with his mother...their mother-son bond was complicated in a very human way.

Lakesidemusing Just finished a Russo novel today. Would love to read this memoir! 4y
BB1958 Russo's memoir comes to mind every Mother's Day. Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there- my 87 year old mom will be with us next weekend to see her youngest granddaughter graduate high school. 3y
AmyWrites @BB1958 how wonderful! Enjoy your time together! 3y
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