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Art of Leaving: A Memoir
Art of Leaving: A Memoir | Ayelet Tsabari
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An intimate memoir in essays by an award-winning Israeli writer who travels the world, from New York to India, searching for love, belonging, and an escape from grief following the death of her father when she was a young girl. This searching collection opens with the death of Ayelet Tsabari's father when she was just nine years old. His passing left her feeling rootless, devastated, and driven to question her complex identity as an Israeli of Yemeni descent in a country that suppressed and devalued her ancestors' traditions. In The Art of Leaving, Tsabari tells her story, from her early love of writing and words, to her rebellion during her mandatory service in the Israeli army. She travels from Israel to New York, Canada, Thailand, and India, falling in and out of love with countries, men and women, drugs and alcohol, running away from responsibilities and refusing to settle in one place. She recounts her first marriage, her struggle to define herself as a writer in a new language, her decision to become a mother, and finally her rediscovery and embrace of her family history--a history marked by generations of headstrong women who struggled to choose between their hearts and their homes. Eventually, she realizes that she must reconcile the memories of her father and the sadness of her past if she is ever going to come to terms with herself. With fierce, emotional prose, Ayelet Tsabari crafts a beautiful meditation about the lengths we will travel to try to escape our grief, the universal search to find a place where we belong, and the sense of home we eventually find within ourselves. Advance praise for The Art of Leaving "Candid, affecting . . . [Ayelet Tsabari's] linked essays cohere into a tender, moving memoir."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Ayelet Tsabari's memoir is a passionate account of the pain, fire, and fury of adolescence and young adulthood, the search for a sense of belonging, and reconciling the disparate parts of our lives and ultimately ourselves."--Camilla Gibb, author of This Is Happy and The Beauty of Humanity Movement "Ayelet Tsabari is a fierce-tender writer. Her work is an enchanting mix of vivid anecdote and vigorous insight--spanning generations and geographies, glittering with humor and heart."--Kyo Maclear, author of Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation
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Anna40
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Recurring themes are her struggle to belong, the loss of her father, her heritage and insecurities. The way she captures her feelings and puts them into words/ makes them palpable, is what drew me in. Her travels/drug experiences were too 'adolescent' for me, but I loved the essays written from a more mature perspective: her grandmother, her mother's cooking, Yemenite Jews in Israel, the way she comes to terms with who she is/where she comes from.

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A memoir about leaving yet searching. The need for home and being truly one's self is a deeply rooted emotion driving Ayelet Tsabari on a journey spanning the world.

https://onthebl.org/2019/04/20/the-art-of-leaving/

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I woke up to snow yesterday in Chicago. I got to do a bunch of reading on the car ride to Iowa because I'm spending the week with my parents.

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#ANewChapter Day 30: Here are some of my #MostAnticipatedRelease2019. Lots of new books coming out this year. 😍🧚🏼‍♀️💕📚📚📚
All books perfect for our #WomenReadWomen2019.

ju.ca.no Plath&Kang💚💚💚 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks These look good!!! 8mo
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Cinfhen
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Thank You #NetGalley & #RandomHousePublishing for this remarkable memoir. I highlighted the crap out of this one. This collection of essays resonated with me on so many personal levels; daughter, mother, expat, Jew. Though we were born & raised oceans apart, and we lived such different lifestyles, I still felt a strong connection and familiarity amongst the pages of Ayelet‘s life. The sights, sounds, emotions were so strong, I was swept away.

Cinfhen @Billypar add this to your memoir list for 2019 ~ it‘s brilliant 9mo
LauraBeth Wow - this sounds great! 9mo
Billypar Ooh, will do: - thanks for the heads up! 9mo
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Cinfhen I think you‘d love it as well @LauraBeth 9mo
Lindy Looking forward to this. Her short story collection is outstanding: 9mo
Cinfhen I‘ve just added it to my TBR and I suggested it to my bookclub this morning @Lindy Her writing is soulful 9mo
Lindy @Cinfhen 😁👍 9mo
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