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The Secret Life of Objects: A Memoir
     

The Secret Life of Objects: A Memoir

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by Dawn Raffel, Sean Evers (Artist)
 

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Selected by O, The Oprah Magazine:
• Best Memoirs
• Best Beach Reads
• Best First Lines
• Top Books to Pick Up Now

** A Wall Street Journal Bestseller **

MORE PRAISE FOR THE SECRET LIFE OF OBJECTS

"Her gift for capturing the nugget of a relationship in a single backward

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Selected by O, The Oprah Magazine:
• Best Memoirs
• Best Beach Reads
• Best First Lines
• Top Books to Pick Up Now

** A Wall Street Journal Bestseller **

MORE PRAISE FOR THE SECRET LIFE OF OBJECTS

"Her gift for capturing the nugget of a relationship in a single backward glance works beautifully in this illustrated memoir."
- The Chicago Tribune

"The Secret Life of Objects is a lean, brilliant, playful memoir."
- The San Francisco Chronicle

"Her memoir reflects on everyday objects such as a cup, a ring... From these memories comes a whole life story."
- Reader's Digest

"A unique, evocative memoir...written with all the wild bloom of imagination that fiction brings to the table."
- The Quivering Pen

"This endearing memoir takes an assortment of otherwise ordinary possessions and turns it into a series of delicate, resonant stories."
- More Magazine

"'Sometimes things shatter,' Dawn Raffel writes 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 Raffel 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781937543037
Publisher:
Jaded Ibis Press
Publication date:
03/19/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
550,635
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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The Secret Life of Objects 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
leoraskolkinsmith More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
PennyE More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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LEEKLKLK More than 1 year ago
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.