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The unspeakable : and other subjects of discussion

Author: Meghan Daum
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2015. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : Essay : English : First Picador editionView all editions and formats
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"A master of the personal essay candidly explores love, death, and the counterfeit rituals of American life In her celebrated 2001 collection, My Misspent Youth, Meghan Daum offered a bold, witty, defining account of the artistic ambitions, financial anxieties, and mixed emotions of her generation. The Unspeakable is an equally bold and witty, but also a sadder and wiser, report from early middle age. It's a report
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Meghan Daum
ISBN: 9781250074928 1250074924
OCLC Number: 931791225
Notes: Originally published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Description: 244 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Matricide --
The best possible experience --
Not what it used to be --
Honorary dyke --
Difference maker --
The Joni Mitchell problem --
The dog exception --
On not being a foodie --
Invisible city --
Diary of a coma.
Other Titles: Essays.
Responsibility: Meghan Daum.

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Combining the insight of Joan Didion with humour reminiscent of Nora Ephron's, Meghan Daum dissects our culture's illusions, blind spots, and sentimentalities while retaining her own joy and  Read more...

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"Daum is her generation's Joan Didion." - Nylon

 
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