Sleeping Arrangements

Sleeping Arrangements

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by Laura Shaine Cunningham
     
 

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A moving, funny memoir of a wildly unorthodox Bronx childhood in the 1950's--the story of a girl who starts out fatherless, is orphaned at 8, is raised by two extremely odd strangers who happen to be her uncles, and slowly accumulates for herself a strong and--no matter how eccentric--deeply loving family.

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A moving, funny memoir of a wildly unorthodox Bronx childhood in the 1950's--the story of a girl who starts out fatherless, is orphaned at 8, is raised by two extremely odd strangers who happen to be her uncles, and slowly accumulates for herself a strong and--no matter how eccentric--deeply loving family.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Adopted by her two eccentric bachelor uncles after her mother's death, the author describes growing up in an unorthodox but happy Bronx household during the 1950s. ``In an effective memoir that delineates a real, if idiosyncratic, world, Cunningham captures a special slice of New York with humor and integrity,'' observed PW. (Jan.)
Library Journal
This is Cunningham's humorous memoir about growing up in an extremely unusual Bronx household in the 1950s. The 1989 book garnered wonderful reviews from fellow authors and critics and should charm new readers. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Anne Tyler
You may find yourself sitting very quietly, mulling over the marvels of this truly wonderful book.
The Baltimore Sunday Sun
People
The kind of book you buy multiple copies of to send to your mother and your friends.
The Washington Post
Here is Lily Moore at 10, as judged by her fifth grade teacher: "Unsatisfactory...Hair matted, uncombed, disheveled appearance. Soil under nails." She has in addition been AWOL from school for 37 full and 38 half days...She lives in a bizarre apartment whose living room furnishings consist of a gold lame castro convertible and two pink bath mats--her choice. She shares the habitation with a senile old woman and two bachelors, one of whom habitually cooks popcorn for breakfast wearing a pith helmet...All indications to the contrary notwithstanding. Lily is living a blessed life, as depicted in Laura Cunningham's unromantic, spare, funny, enchanting memoir.
Michiko Kakutani
A wonderfully vivid chronicle of a young girl's coming of age...funny and sad, irreverent and generous...A model memoir.
The New York Times Book Review
Salamon
Sharp-witted and funny but never mean. A lovely novelistic memoir.
The Wall Street Journal
Los Angeles Times
Original, quirky, poignant, and hilarious.
San Francisco Chronicle
A winner...life-affirming.
From the Publisher
“Comic, touching, delightful… The kind of book you buy multiple copies of to send to your mother and your best friends.” –People

“A model memoir… funny, sad, irreverent and generous.” –Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“Piercing and immediate… [a] funny, enchanting memoir of a Bronx childhood.” –The Washington Post

“[Cunningham] transforms her ‘Bronx of the emotions’ into the ‘Babylonian Bronx,’ a world simmering with sex and death and intrigue… Sharp-witted and funny but never mean, she’s a memorialist a bit like Truman Capote, if he’d been Jewish and female and less bitchy… A lovely, novelistic memoir.” –Julie Salamon, The Wall Street Journal

“Reads like a novel… You may find yourself sitting very quietly, mulling over the marvels of this truly wonderful book.” –Anne Tyler, The Baltimore Sun

“Original, quirky, poignant and hilarious.” –The Los Angeles Times

“[Sleeping Arrangements] proves that, in the hands of a talented writer, failure, dashed expectations, and sexual awkwardness can be horribly funny.” –Chicago Tribune

“One of those books that makes you sad when it ends, because you want it to go on forever.” –The Christian Science Monitor

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753164709
Publisher:
ISIS Large Print Books
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
Isis Hardcover Series
Edition description:
Large Type
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.96(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
“Comic, touching, delightful… The kind of book you buy multiple copies of to send to your mother and your best friends.” –People

“A model memoir… funny, sad, irreverent and generous.” –Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“Piercing and immediate… [a] funny, enchanting memoir of a Bronx childhood.” –The Washington Post

“[Cunningham] transforms her ‘Bronx of the emotions’ into the ‘Babylonian Bronx,’ a world simmering with sex and death and intrigue… Sharp-witted and funny but never mean, she’s a memorialist a bit like Truman Capote, if he’d been Jewish and female and less bitchy… A lovely, novelistic memoir.” –Julie Salamon, The Wall Street Journal

“Reads like a novel… You may find yourself sitting very quietly, mulling over the marvels of this truly wonderful book.” –Anne Tyler, The Baltimore Sun

“Original, quirky, poignant and hilarious.” –The Los Angeles Times

“[Sleeping Arrangements] proves that, in the hands of a talented writer, failure, dashed expectations, and sexual awkwardness can be horribly funny.” –Chicago Tribune

“One of those books that makes you sad when it ends, because you want it to go on forever.” –The Christian Science Monitor

Meet the Author

Laura Shaine Cunningham is a playwright and journalist whose fiction and nonfiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, Vogue, and Mirabella, among other publications. The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships for her writing and theatrical work, Cunningham divides her time between New York City and her "place in the country."

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Sleeping Arrangements 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was assigned to me my my english teacher and it is not just any other book...i read this book over and over!!! It is a must have
Guest More than 1 year ago
When the author's mother died, she memorialized her in this loving and hilarious and yet tragic memoir. The author went on to be raised by her mother's bachelor brothers and what I loved about this, is that it shows how and why a family succeeds, this one is eccentric, living in the bronx, and wacky to the world outside, but deliriously happy and successful within...A real boost! I laughed so hard you don't want to know what happened!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This writer grew up next to Yankee Stadium, was orphaned and raised by two bachelor uncles. Her story is so truthful, funny and sad. She grew up, listening to the baseball game: It's a homer! I liked it better than any other memoir. She reminds me of Dorothy Parker or Mary MaCarthy. Very brilliant but down to earth. I lay awake two nights in a row to finish. This book is a bestseller to be!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Women, men, boys, girls--everybody take note. the memoir of this girl who grew up an illegitimate orphan near Yankee Stadium is a first class story everyone can relate to...It has all the funny horrors of growing up...sexual coming of age, the off beat family...Beautiful, poetic writing. This is a sleeper, and a winner!Home run!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started hearing a lot about this book from my friends, so I bought it and wow...This is one of the great ones, up there with Angela's Ashes and all the Mary MacCarthy books. This book tells it like it is regarding childhood, sex play acting, wild adventures and deep, enduring family love. the uncles are hilarious in their way of raising a girl. So much love, so much laughter. I have already had to read this twice and recommend it to everyone I know. Wow, again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My high school teacher assigned this book, and I thought it would be dull. I stayed up all night! It is outrageously funny, sexy, sad...the gamut. I lent it to my mother who said it was the best book she ever read --she was an orphan too, like the author and was raised by one uncle...the author was raised by two bachelor uncles. But I loved the coming of age stuff best...the make-out scenes and tongue kissing etc. It isn't often you find a childhood memoir that can please all ages. Grab this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a child's story for grownups...Little Lily Shaine loses her mother at 8, enters a fantasy world, is raised by loving bachelor uncles and copes with a senile hilarious grandma. It may sound like Dickens but it reads more like Philip Roth or Isaac Singer...This is a writer to watch. I read a Place in The Country, her new book, and was blown away..had to find out more about her, and this succeeded beyond my dreams. I see what the fuss is about! She writes for The New Yorker sometimes but is definitely cool...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have heard about Sleeping Arrangements from so many people. This is one of the great ones, a girl's story akin to Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes. It's a glorious testament to how an orphan can grow up next to Yankee Stadium, be raised by loving if kooky uncles and turn out to be one helluva writer. So funny, so sad, so sexy...I love her!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books ever. My teacher recommended it and I thought it would be just another growing up story but this is completely original. I forgot how funny and sexually outrageous childhood games can be...and the story of the uncles is a pure love story. My mother loved it too, and all her friends! A real winner
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put down Sleeping Arrangements--This is the sleeper of all time. If you are interested in memoir, this is a female Angela's Ashes. Lily is orphaned, and taken care of my two bachelor uncles. It is hilarious when the two men try to take care of the little girl. But so loving! And the story is outrageously funny, too --Lily exposes childhood secrets --the wicked, pagan games. I could not stop laughing! I bought sevral copies for my best friends!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read and re-read this book --I dream about this story of a little girl, orphaned and raised by her uncles. The scenes of childhood are very fresh...no one has written up the interior world of childhood like this--I love the little girls playacting at sex and romance --the family love story is hilarious and heartbreaking. I bought so many extra copies because all my friends wanted this book...now they've bought more for their friends...This is a cult classic! I can't wait for the movie, it will be the New York version of To Kill a Mockingbird. I laughed, I cried, I read it again...My students all loved it too..It is just right for 15+ --it is a bit sexy-- this author is fearless! Kids and grownups alike all fall in love with the story of Lily, who learns about sex and death, while still a child...And yet it is the funniest book I ever read!