Breathing Lessons

Breathing Lessons

by Anne Tyler
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Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler

The triumphant Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestseller from the author of Ladder of Years and The Accidental Tourist.

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ISBN-13: 9780517056998
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/28/1990

About the Author

Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated at nineteen from Duke University and went on to do graduate work in Russian Studies at Columbia University. Tyler is the author of twenty novels; and her eleventh, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore Maryland.


Baltimore, Maryland

Date of Birth:

October 25, 1941

Place of Birth:

Minneapolis, Minnesota


B.A., Duke University, 1961

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Breathing Lessons 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
CrummyVerses More than 1 year ago
I find it hard to believe that the average rating is 3 stars. I found it wonderful, worthy of the Pulitzer. It's a great read about how ordinary life can seem and yet Tyler makes it blossom. I read it several years ago and it allowed me to breathe during a difficult vacation when I was alone in a foreign city.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I find the book easy to read. It reminds me of the Audrey Hepburn movie 'Two for the Road'. However, I could not totally relate to its characters probably because of the age gap. Nevertheless, I would recommend it to my mom and aunts who are all going through mid-life crisis. oops...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Breathing Lessons is a character study of an average married couple. Maggie wants what she feels is best for her family and will meddle in their lives when necessary and Ira just wants his children to grow and become respondsible adults. There are several rather humorous scenes of Maggie interfering in peoples lives. However I was frustrated by the ending of the book as neither character has changed and they will continue their lives the way they always have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Breathing Lessons is an extravagant novel that mostly takes place in a beat up car. Each character has it's own strange habit. Maggie and her complete opposite husband, Ira takes a road trip to an old friend funeral. It was wonderfully written, for each new book she writes gets better and better. Each scene is important because it symbolizes something that'll bring the beginning and end together. The whole book was written about one day with the characters reflecting on the past. This makes the characters more dynamic and realistic. Anne Tyler uses her own sense of writing. She comes up with catchy phrases like 'faucet coffee.' I was never bored but almost confused. It seems like she writes the novel then switches up the chapters. Sometimes I know too much or not enough. By contrasting the characters, subtle details shine through the characters, which make them more realistic. While reading, I compared the characters to me. I'm more of a nitpicker like Maggie. Ira and Maggie have a typical relationship. I'm surprise something like this could be made up. The detail that Tyler puts into her characters is unbelievable. It so unnecessary but makes it worth the while in the end. Breathing Lessons like other books I've read by Tyler entraps you in making you want to know why and what is going to happen next. If you like reading about what other families go through, or you just like an original book, then pick up Breathing Lessons. Families wouldn't be outsiders anymore.
stellamaymarie More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite Anne Tyler books. I loved every minute of the trip. I loved the way she describes momentary observations.She is a gift.
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Liliqoi2010 More than 1 year ago
This is an easy read with a common thread through vignettes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved this book!
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This is a fantastic story, with charecters that you will love and care about. Very funny at times, laugh out loud funny ! One of my all time favorite books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Moved along slow and steady, but left wondering what was the point. Was not thrilled with the ending - felt like it just dropped off. A friend in book club felt she related to Maggie and enjoyed it (it was also her second time to read it).
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love it
lauracorgi More than 1 year ago
Always love Anne Tyler. An interesting thoughtful read.
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erb002 More than 1 year ago
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I had hoped even though it won the Pulitzer Prize. I read it all hoping it would get better but it just ended, no closure in my mind.
Lonnie More than 1 year ago
As is true of all of Anne Tyler's book, Breathing Lessons is full of engaging characters and insights about life. I've been a fan of hers for years and this book doesn't disappoint. Lorna
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PearlLH More than 1 year ago
Our book club read this and 4 of 5 were disappointed. I kept reading, thinking I would come to a point at the end when something profound would happen. When it didn't, all I could think was, "Why did I waste my time on that?"
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