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Guesswork: A Memoir in Essays By Martha Cooley,

  • Title: Guesswork: A Memoir in Essays
  • Author: Martha Cooley
  • ISBN: 9781936787463
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Paperback
  • Having lost eight friends in ten years, Cooley retreats to a tiny medieval village in Italy with her husband to recover from la strage, or the massacre There, in this sun drenched paradise where bumblebees nest in the ancient cemetery and stray cats curl up on her bed, she examines what we all must confront one day, mortality how to cope with our lost intimates and howHaving lost eight friends in ten years, Cooley retreats to a tiny medieval village in Italy with her husband to recover from la strage, or the massacre There, in this sun drenched paradise where bumblebees nest in the ancient cemetery and stray cats curl up on her bed, she examines what we all must confront one day, mortality how to cope with our lost intimates and how to reckon with our own inevitable demise, yet she goes on, eating fresh fish from sea, drinking espresso, nursing both her memories and her dreams of happiness to come Linking the essays is Cooley s escalating understanding of another, painful death on the way that of her ailing mother back in the States Blind since Cooley s childhood, her mother s dry wit and refusal to be pitied leave them both stranded without a language to talk about her impending passing But somehow, by the end, Cooley finds the words each one graceful and wrenching.Part memoir, part loving goodbye to an unconventional parent, Guesswork transforms a year in a pastoral hilltown into a fierce examination of life, death, grief, and ultimately release.
    Guesswork A Memoir in Essays Having lost eight friends in ten years Cooley retreats to a tiny medieval village in Italy with her husband to recover from la strage or the massacre There in this sun drenched paradise where bumbl

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    1. A lovely collection of essays about the loss that the author experienced after a string of deaths the death of friends and family over a short period of time and how she and her husband had to move to a medieval town in Italy and live a simple life away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis I enjoyed this books and enjoyed the various cats that the readers meet in those essays.

    2. Beautiful, beautiful linked essays about loss, grief, love, and an unexpected life in a medieval Italian village Feral cats abound.

    3. This is a beautifully written collection of essays reflecting on life and death It is memoir in that the author ruminates on her grief for friends, many lost too young, and her parents declining health She seems to appreciate my favorite things in life friends, books, cats, and Italy so maybe I liked reading it than other people would But her reflections aren t morbid at all I ll think about what she has said about living and loving well.

    4. This book was hard for me to get through The reason is that it is very introspective and deals with how someone, really anyone deals with death Not just your own death, impending or not, but the death of those around you The author uses the animals that she sees and the surroundings of her time in Italy as jumping off points for specific things that she needs to understand or get through The death of her best friend, of her husband s wife, etc are all dark clouds that she has sitting over her an [...]

    5. I wish there was a rating between 2 and 3 stars There are books I have rated 3 stars that I loved way than this one Yet I feel like this book doesn t quite deserve as poor of a rating as 2 stars Heres the thing, Cooley s writing is beautiful But this book was the epitome of boring I never wanted to pick it up On break at work I would sit there and be bored before opening it and reading it She was just reflecting on her own life s mundane events, and its not like I was able to take away any valu [...]

    6. A reverie and reflection on love, loss and the changes we all experience as we travel through life Much food for thought and reflection.

    7. The lineage of grief and mourning toward observation has never been as clear to me as it became while I read this book Cooley talks explicitly about death and dying, and loss as it especially relates to loved ones, but a majority of this collection is concerned with what s present Observation is consumption, and these essays are as much about taking in atmosphere and place as they are about memory When what we ve known goes missing, instinct leads us toward gather.All of that is awesome and thi [...]

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