For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs

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In this collection on life as a twentysomething in the twenty-first century, Kathleen Rooney writes about love and longing, poetry and plagiarism, death and democracy, mountain floods and Midwestern cicadas. Striking a perfect perch between reflection and humor she brings the reader into the room as she gets a Brazilian wax, into the car as she chauffeurs a U.S. senator, and onto the sidewalk with her as she visits the New York apartments of a vanished poet. The perils of falling in love with an unattainable, and...

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Overview

In this collection on life as a twentysomething in the twenty-first century, Kathleen Rooney writes about love and longing, poetry and plagiarism, death and democracy, mountain floods and Midwestern cicadas. Striking a perfect perch between reflection and humor she brings the reader into the room as she gets a Brazilian wax, into the car as she chauffeurs a U.S. senator, and onto the sidewalk with her as she visits the New York apartments of a vanished poet. The perils of falling in love with an unattainable, and of being the unattained love, come together here with her farewell to a cousin who's joining a convent.

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In this smart, subtly honed set of 11 autobiographical essays, Rooney, a 20-something Chicago native, teacher of writing, and U.S. Senate aide, seems poised for a really good revelation but never quite delivers. Riffing on subjects as diverse as getting a Brazilian bikini wax on the eve of her marriage (“a huge gender betrayal” for this self-described feminist); making a pilgrimage to the sites inhabited by a favorite poet, Weldon Kees, in New York City; and feeling pleased by the flirtations of her students at a small religious college in Washington State, the author chronicles the years of her early professional youth as she and her novelist husband move from job to job, from Chicago to Tacoma, Wash., and back. Rooney is well read and has a wily, understated style, as she describes her Christian parents; trying to teach her younger Senate interns how to execute metaphors and good manners; and resisting the urge to go from being a “fun-time happy party girl” drinking with guy friends at McSorley's Ale House in New York City to being a “total bitch” when having to complain of a man's drunken importunate groping. The last, and most substantial, essay, involving her cousin Jennifer's decision to become a nun, underscores the author's overall longing to attain a validated life, rooted in mission and meaning. But in the end, the essays leave the reader hungry for more substance. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582435459
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 985,332
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Natural's Not In It 3

For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs 23

Fast Anchor'd, Eternal, O Love! 43

I Will Catch You 71

Staircase 87

To Build a Quiet City in My Mind 99

Did You Ask for the Happy Ending? 121

All Tomorrow's Parties 135

First Person Impossible 163

Always Crashing in the Same Car 183

However Measured Or Far Away 209

Acknowledgments 237

Notes 239

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