You Could Make This Place Beautiful You Could Make This Place Beautiful

You Could Make This Place Beautiful

A Memoir

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Publisher Description

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NPR Best Book of the Year Time Best Book of the Year Oprah Daily Best Memoir of the Year

“A bittersweet study in both grief and joy.” ­—Time

“A sparklingly beautiful memoir-in-vignettes” (Isaac Fitzgerald, New York Times bestselling author) that explores coming of age in your middle age—from the bestselling poet and author of Keep Moving.

“Life, like a poem, is a series of choices.”

In her memoir You Could Make This Place Beautiful, poet Maggie Smith explores the disintegration of her marriage and her renewed commitment to herself. The book begins with one woman’s personal heartbreak, but its circles widen into a reckoning with contemporary womanhood, traditional gender roles, and the power dynamics that persist even in many progressive homes. With the spirit of self-inquiry and empathy she’s known for, Smith interweaves snapshots of a life with meditations on secrets, anger, forgiveness, and narrative itself. The power of these pieces is cumulative: page after page, they build into a larger interrogation of family, work, and patriarchy.

You Could Make This Place Beautiful, like the work of Deborah Levy, Rachel Cusk, and Gina Frangello, is an unflinching look at what it means to live and write our own lives. It is a story about a mother’s fierce and constant love for her children, and a woman’s love and regard for herself. Above all, this memoir is “extraordinary” (Ann Patchett) in the way that it reveals how, in the aftermath of loss, we can discover our power and make something new and beautiful.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2023
April 11
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
320
Pages
PUBLISHER
Atria/One Signal Publishers
SELLER
Simon & Schuster Digital Sales LLC
SIZE
4.4
MB

Customer Reviews

Lore Palli ,

Beautiful!

There’s so much beauty in this book. I could’ve read it in one sitting but chose not to. I savored every page. It’s our modern day version of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

ktstannich ,

Great listen

I loved the book’s fluidity-while unconventional in format it worked perfectly to embrace the author’s emotional place settings.

Great Music Luvr ,

Gorgeous, heartbreaking, honest

Beautifully written, a pleasure to read

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