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Is It Possible to OD on Life? The recipe for happily-ever-after? Start with one middle-class white girl in 1976. Add in her longing for love and acceptance, another middle-class white girl, a huge dollop of gossip, and excruciating peer and family pressure. Stir in youthful travel abroad, a Berkeley education, and a foray into paganism, drugs, marriage, and divorce. Whip until frothy with interracial and bisexual affairs, relationship violence, and exploration of multicultural mores. Season with salsa dancing. Temper with a segue into Mormonism. Decorate with a Temple wedding and garnish with motherhood to three adopted siblings. And what you have is a memoir capable of sating anyone's need for a great read. From shame to self-acceptance, from sexual ambiguity to definitive choice, from skepticism to belief, Donna Carol Voss's journey from childhood through marriage and motherhood is both unique and universal, a story that will resonate long after the last page is read.
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Seems these days there are a lot of memoirs out there, but One of Everything by San Diego native Donna Carol Voss stands above the crowd. What makes a memoir relevant? After all, it is someone else’s story, so how does it play into our lives? Each life is a journey. Specific events might differ, but it is in the way we make the journey, how we grow, the choices we make, that we find our universality. Donna Carol Voss’ journey is compelling. A Berkeley grad, a former pagan, a Mormon by choice, a mom of three adopted children, Donna has done and experienced much. She has led a life of extremes. There is nary a social issue that has not been somehow addressed in her life. But it is the narrative voice of this memoir that makes it resonate. You will laugh and cry with the young Donna; feel her pain at being different from her peers, at feeling disconnected from her parents. You will wonder at some of the choices she makes as a young and independent adult. And then you will revel with her in the contentment of finally finding her center, her place. Visceral honesty is at the core of this story – an honesty that puts the reader on the ground in Donna’s life while leaving us looking at and assessing our own. I couldn’t put it down! This is a stellar read for your book group, sparking no end of conversation about the author’s life choices and your own.