The Secret Life of Objects: A Memoir

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Selected for 4 of Oprah's "Best Books" lists:
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• Best Beach Reads
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"Sometimes things shatter," writes Dawn Raffel in The Secret Life of Objects. "More often they just fade." But in this evocative memoir, moments from the past do not fade - they breathe on the page, rendering a striking portrait of a woman through ...

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Overview

Selected for 4 of Oprah's "Best Books" lists:
• Best Memoirs
• Best Beach Reads
• Best First Lines
• Top Books to Pick Up Now

"Sometimes things shatter," writes Dawn Raffel in The Secret Life of Objects. "More often they just fade." But in this evocative memoir, moments from the past do not fade - they breathe on the page, rendering a striking portrait of a woman through her connections to the people she's loved, the places she been, what's been lost, and what remains. In clear, beautiful prose Raffel reveals the haunting qualities of the objects we gather, as well as the sustaining and elusive nature of memory itself."
- Samuel Ligon, author of Drift and Swerve: Stories

"Dawn puts memories, people and secrets together like perfectly set gems in these shimmering stories, which are a delight to read. Every detail is exquisite, every character beautifully observed, and every object becomes sacred in her kind, capable hands. I savored every word."
- Priscilla Warner, author of Learning to Breathe - My Yearlong Quest to Bring Calm to My Life

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937543037
  • Publisher: Jaded Ibis Press
  • Publication date: 6/13/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 392,851
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Dawn Raffel is the author of two story collections, Further Adventures in the Restless Universe and In the Year of Long Division, and a novel, Carrying the Body. Her fiction has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, BOMB, Conjunctions, The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, The Quarterly, NOON, and many others. She has taught in the MFA program at Columbia University, and at Summer Literary Seminars in Montreal and St. Petersburg, Russia. She is an editor at large for Reader's Digest, and the editor of The Literarian, the online journal for the Center for Fiction.
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  • Posted June 4, 2012

    exquisite illumination

    Dawn Raffel has long been a writer of experiment and depth. In this collection she makes luminous the small moments of memory we all hold in darkness,until small and random objects--inherited and past, from our lives-- offer to shine a light like delicate candles illuminating their meanings to us. I applaud this elegant work, from one of most fascinating contemporary writers.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Ms. Raffel,

    Lovely stories. Do appreciate your sharing them with us. I feel you will find your Grandparent's 45 record under thick layers of dust and grime, undisturbed.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2012

    NOT WHAT I EXPECTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I REALLY DID NOT CARE FOR THIS MEMOIR. IT WAS BORING, AND TALKED ABOUT HER LIFE BUT NOTHING TIED INTO EACH OBJECT. I THOUGHT IT WAS ABOUT THINGS WE HAVE IN OUR LIVES AND WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT US, NOT ABOUT HER LIFE. I WOULD NOT HAVE SPENT THAT MUCH FOR A CHEAP PAPERBACK IF I HAD KNOWN IT WAS ABOUT NOTHING THAT WILL STAY WITH ME. I WOULD NOT EVEN LOAN IT TO ANYONE ELSE TO READ.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2014

    a quick read, take a look!

    I wasn't expecting to like this book so much but it was pretty interesting. The author's descriptions of her belongings really gave you a peek into her life. It wasn't a thriller, a mystery, a hot romance. It was just nice. It was like a tour of someone's knickknack shelf.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2014

    Every piece in the collection embodies the spirit of the objects

    Every piece in the collection embodies the spirit of the objects, and the loved ones connected to them. In particular, "The Dress" is astonishing! In a single, short paragraph, the author vividly captures a moment in her life, almost like catching a firefly in your hands, before it flits away.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    Just an ok book

    This is the first time I've seen a book where someone writes about objects that are sentimental to them. A few of the chapters were interesting because I could relate to the objects but all in all it was a rather boring book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    This is a very well written memoir. The author has a superb gras

    This is a very well written memoir. The author has a superb grasp of writing for an audience. The text flows evenly throughout the book making it easy to read and enjoy.

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    Posted July 15, 2013

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