Ten Minutes from Home: A Memoir

Ten Minutes from Home: A Memoir

by Beth Greenfield
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Ten Minutes from Home: A Memoir by Beth Greenfield

Ten Minutes from Home is the poignant account of how a suburban New Jersey family struggles to come together after being shattered by tragedy.

In this searing, sparely written, and surprisingly wry memoir, Beth Greenfield shares what happens in 1982 when, as a twelve-year-old, she survives a drunk-driving accident that kills her younger brother Adam and best friend Kristin. As the benign concerns of adolescence are re?placed by crushing guilt and grief, Beth searches for hope and support in some likely and not-so-likely places (General Hospital, a kindly rabbi, the bottom of a keg), eventually discovering that while life is fragile, love doesn't have to be.

Ten Minutes from Home exquisitely captures both the heartache of lost innocence and the solace of strength and survival.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307462077
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 04/27/2010
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

BETH GREENFIELD has written about travel, entertainment, gay culture, and parenting for publications including the New York Times, Lonely Planet, Out, Time Out New York Kids, and Time Out New York, where she is currently a staff editor. She lives in New York City and Provincetown.

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Ten Minutes from Home 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
gardenreader More than 1 year ago
I love reading memoirs, and this was one of the best and most touching I have ever read. You can actually feel Beth's pain while reading this book. Memoirs are not always "page-turners" but this one definitely is. I could not put it down and read it in a little more than a day. It's amazing that she has recalled everything in such detail. She is without doubt a very talented and engaging writer. My hope is that Beth and her parents continue to heal. I recommend this book to anyone as an example of family love under the most tragic of circumstances.
csaint More than 1 year ago
When I first noticed this book at the BN, I immediately thought it looked like a deeply emotional story that I could easily become entrenched in. At first, my intuition was proven to be correct. After a while though, the story began to drag on. Not to say that the tragic event is something that was not powerful enough to potentially evoke some empathy from the reader-it was-it was just too detailed and there was no emotional break from the incident. It was an ok read, but there were more than a few times that I felt the author was trying to get across a very intense feeling to the reader and fell short.
jkaustin02 More than 1 year ago
Beth Greenfield's account of the devastating deaths of her little brother and best friend, killed by a drunk driver is amazing! She manages to get across the emotions, from guilt, anguish, grief, lack of emotion, fear and recovery in ways that even people who haven't lost anyone special can relate to. Amazing book! Highly recommended.
SusieReads More than 1 year ago
Ten minutes from home, coming back from twelve-year old Beth's ballet recital, the family car was hit by a drunk driver. Beth's little brother and only sibling, Adam, and her best friend, Kristen, did not survive. This memoir, written 25 years later, is a heartfelt, touching memoir of grief, of coping and not coping, of the guilt of survival. Beth did not know how to deal with all she was feeling, and her parents, lost in their own fogs, were not able to help. She especially needed her mother and was angry and embarrassed when her mother couldn't be the rock she wanted. Friends didn't know how to react, how to express themselves. Beth felt both alienated from them and craved the extra attention she got. If there was any mention of what happened to the driver who hit them, I somehow missed it, and I am curious about that. Nicely written, this memoir is an emotional read but did not strike me as maudlin. It is an adult remembering the emotions of a child and it rings true as what a child would feel, not what an adult would imagine a child would feel. The copy I read was an uncorrected proof and had a few, not too many, mistakes that I assume are corrected in the published edition. One quote I found heartbreaking in the unintentional cruelty it spoke: "After he was gone, my great aunt Mildred said, 'At least he was only adopted,' and my mom never forgave her." Ten Minutes from Home is a lovely little book that will touch anyone who has ever felt loss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted to look inside the book and browse some pages, and get an idea of the writer's style of writing, unfortunately while it says it can be viewed, it can not be viewed. It says the publisher has not made any of the pages available. ??
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book at Barnes and Noble. I love reading memoirs but this one was so narcissistic that I was put off by the tone and voice from the start. It seems to exploit a genuinely tragic event for personal glory. I couldn't feel sympathetic. Then the author tacks on a falsely happy ending without acknowledging how profoundly damaged she is due to the trauma, or how her own grief and behavior affected others. There is no detail about that, which was strange. She describes a past of alcoholism, drugs and reckless behavior, and severe eating issues, but doen't bother to explain how she is supposedly healed at the end and what she has learned or how she dug herself out, if at all. She just tacks on the feel good ending, making this a superficial, disappointing read with a needy "look at me" tone. The author makes herself teh hero of her own story but it's narrowly told, without the benefit of real insight or analysis. The worst thing is that this story, though disturbing, doesn't warrant a whole memoir. Embarassing, inappropriate details are revealed about the author and her family, which in my opinion should have remained private. It's a personal tragedy that doesn't illuminate enough to draw in the reader. The writing is nice in parts, but just strings together a bunch of events. It reads like the long and rambling, at times incoherent, diary entry of a selfish teenage girl, mean to her parents, and someone with a dark past still seeking attention and approval. In that regard it's sad, but it made me wince. Unfortunately, not recommended.
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