Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Audiobook CD - 2011
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Memories of the author about her difficult childhood as the adopted daughter of an English mother with strong religious convictions, and her subsequent search for her biological mother.
Publisher: Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, p2011.
ISBN: 9781469201924
1469201925
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (6 hr., 9 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.

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Hearing this memoir in the author's own voice is a gift. And if, like me, you thought of Winterson's fiction as high-brow or self-consciously esoteric because of its experimental or nontraditional narratives, listening to "Why Be Happy" will dispel that notion. There is something tremendously reassuring in learning that Winterson is never sure of herself, but simply writing what she feels she must in order to survive (and she's definitely had a lot to survive). I don't think any book I read in 2015 made me feel more genuine hope and wonder than this one.

JCLHunterSt Jun 16, 2013

This book had me laughing out loud one moment and crying in despair for the life experiences of this author. This is a memoir of Winterson, written in a matter-of-fact style, both hard hitting and honest. It's one of the better literary memoirs I have read.

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JCLHunterSt Jun 23, 2013

That is what literature offers—a language powerful enough to say how it is. It isn't a hiding place. It is a finding place.

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