Small Comforts: Essays at Middle Age

Small Comforts: Essays at Middle Age

by Jeffrey Hammond
     
 

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Small Comforts quietly probes the mysteries of an ordinary life when reviewed at middle age. Essayist Jeff Hammond, a midcareer academic who examines a variety of lifelong obsessions, frustrates any expectation that life's fogs dissipate as we age. At stake here is the need for those of us who have reached a "certain age" to look at who we have become with courage,… See more details below

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Small Comforts quietly probes the mysteries of an ordinary life when reviewed at middle age. Essayist Jeff Hammond, a midcareer academic who examines a variety of lifelong obsessions, frustrates any expectation that life's fogs dissipate as we age. At stake here is the need for those of us who have reached a "certain age" to look at who we have become with courage, honesty, and humor.

Beneath the discoveries of a sometimes bewildered narrator lurks that strange sense of liberation that can brighten the process of getting older. Hammond's diverse musings on time and its effects will prompt an oddly calming discovery that many problems usually identified as "midlife" issues have actually been with us since childhood.

In the narrator's seriocomic self-effacement, Small Comforts embodies midlife retrospection with humor and tender nostalgia and is certain to appeal to the ever-growing middle-aged population.

About the Author:
Jeffrey Hammond is the George B. and Willma Reeves Distinguished Professor in the Liberal Arts and professor of English at St. Mary's College in Maryland

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873389464
Publisher:
Kent State University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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