Dimestore

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$33.99
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Thorndike Press
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Pages
237
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5.7 X 1.0 X 8.4 inches | 0.85 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
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9781410490681
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"You know how in Lee Smith's fiction is always something so fresh, crazy, and loving? In "Dimestore" is essence of Lee." Roy Blount Jr., author of "Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text""
We have Eudora Welty s "One Writer s Beginnings," and now we have Lee Smith s "Dimestore." These two great American writers have in common an immense gift for characterization, a humorous sense of the absurd in daily life, and a precise, evocative prose style. In both their memoirs, I relish their restrained and perfectly rendered stories of their own lives. Lee Smith is, of course, a national treasure, and this subtle and moving memoir enlarges my sense of the origins of her deep, wide work. Thousands have fallen in love with every word Lee Smith writes, and "Dimestore" will bring them new joy. Frances Mayes, author of the bestselling "Under the Tuscan Sun" and "Under Magnolia" Lee Smith is an American master. In "Dimestore," she continues to grow and shapeshift, bringing her massive fictional gifts to a memoir-in-essays that reads like a novel, with a deeply realized sense of place and character development--the central character here, a deeply winning one, is Smith herself. She has her finger on the social pulse of an America uneasily transitioning from the 20th into the 21st century. Once I began, I couldn t put it down. David Payne, author of "Barefoot to Avalon"" " "You know how in Lee Smith's fiction is always something so fresh, crazy, and loving? In "Dimestore" is essence of Lee." Roy Blount Jr., author of "Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text" In Lee Smith s memoir, "Dimestore," readers will gladly join her, finding her writing with the same lively spirit that has always informed her fiction. She never turns away from her Appalachian roots, revealing that remote region with discerning affection. Elizabeth Spencer, author of "Starting Over" "Dimestore" is the memoir fans of Lee Smith s fiction have been waiting decades for. It s a pitch-perfect mining of the memories, desires, and imagination fueling one of the South s no, one of America s master storytellers. Smith gives us a dappled reality where little girls spy the world from behind a one-way piece of glass, parents are kindly nervous, and eccentric aging poets deal with wintertime rejection by shedding their clothes and rolling in the snow. "Dimestore" leaves you seeing the world a little bit Smith-skewed by which I mean through a cleverer, more grounded, and ultimately more open-hearted lens. Beth Macy, author of the bestselling""Factory Man """Here's Lee Smith at herbest."Dimestore"is personal nonfiction, where her brilliance shines. Her wide warmth blesses everything funny about life and here especially everything moving and deep." Annie Dillard"
Candid and unsentimental, Smith's book sheds light on her beginnings as writer while revealing her resilience and personal transformations over the course of a remarkable lifetime. A warm, poignant memoir from a reliably smooth voice. "Kirkus Reviews" In this candid, wistful, appreciative, and beguiling memoir, Smith offers a distinctive and intimate look at one writer s beginnings. "Booklist" You know how in Lee Smith s fiction there s always something so fresh, crazy, and loving? In "Dimestore" is the essence of Lee. Roy Blount Jr., author of "Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text" "We have Eudora Welty s"One Writer s Beginnings," and now we have Lee Smith s "Dimestore."These two great American writers have in common an immense gift for characterization, a humorous sense of the absurd in daily life, and a precise, evocative prose style. In both their memoirs, I relish their restrained and perfectly rendered stories of their own lives. Lee Smith is, of course, a national treasure, and this subtle and moving memoir enlarges my sense of the origins of her deep, wide work. Thousands have fallen in love with every word Lee Smith writes, and"Dimestore"will bring them new joy." Frances Mayes, author of the bestselling" Under the Tuscan Sun" and "Under Magnolia" "Here's Lee Smith at herbest.Dimestoreis personal nonfiction, where her brilliance shines. Her wide warmth blesses everything funny about life and--here especially--everything moving and deep." Annie Dillard In Lee Smith s memoir, "Dimestore," readers will gladly join her, finding her writing with the same lively spirit that has always informed her fiction. She never turns away from her Appalachian roots, revealing that remote region with discerning affection. Elizabeth Spencer, author of "Starting Over" Lee Smith is an American master. In "Dimestore," she continues to grow and shapeshift, bringing her massive fictional gifts to a memoir-in-essays that reads like a novel, with a deeply realized sense of place and character development--the central character here, a deeply winning one, is Smith herself. She has her finger on the social pulse of an America uneasily transitioning from the 20th into the 21st century. Once I began, I couldn t put it down. David Payne, author of "Barefoot to Avalon"" " "Dimestore" is the memoir fans of Lee Smith s fiction have been waiting decades for. It s a pitch-perfect mining of the memories, desires, and imagination fueling one of the South s no, one of "America s" master storytellers. Smith gives us a dappled reality where little girls spy the world from behind a one-way piece of glass, parents are kindly nervous, and eccentric aging poets deal with wintertime rejection by shedding their clothes and rolling in the snow." Dimestore" leaves you seeing the world a little bit Smith-skewed by which I mean through a cleverer, more grounded, and ultimately more open-hearted lens. Beth Macy, author of the bestselling "Factory Man " "
This memoir is Smith at her finest. There is not one false note in the book. This wonderful memoir filled with tenderness, compassion, love, and humor is highly recommended for fans of Smith s fiction, lovers of Southern writing, and readers who are interested in the changes in small-town America. "Library Journal" (starred review) Candid and unsentimental, Smith's book sheds light on her beginnings as writer while revealing her resilience and personal transformations over the course of a remarkable lifetime. A warm, poignant memoir from a reliably smooth voice. "Kirkus Reviews" "Dimestore "is a testament to the power of place. The author of thirteen novels and multiple short story collections, Smith has long brought Appalachia to life for readers, and the book chronicles her own childhood in the coal-mining town of Grundy, Virginia, where she worked as a young girl in her father s five-and dime, and her path to becoming a writer. "Garden & Gun" In her first work of nonfiction, novelist Smith explores how deep her Appalachian roots go, in this entertaining and poignant collection of Southern memories. "Publishers Weekly" You know how in Lee Smith s fiction there s always something so fresh, crazy, and loving? In "Dimestore" is the essence of Lee. Roy Blount Jr., author of "Alphabetter Juice: or, The Joy of Text" "We have Eudora Welty s"One Writer s Beginnings," and now we have Lee Smith s "Dimestore."These two great American writers have in common an immense gift for characterization, a humorous sense of the absurd in daily life, and a precise, evocative prose style. In both their memoirs, I relish their restrained and perfectly rendered stories of their own lives. Lee Smith is, of course, a national treasure, and this subtle and moving memoir enlarges my sense of the origins of her deep, wide work. Thousands have fallen in love with every word Lee Smith writes, and"Dimestore"will bring them new joy." Frances Mayes, author of the bestselling" Under the Tuscan Sun" and "Under Magnolia" "Here's Lee Smith at herbest."Dimestore"is personal nonfiction, where her brilliance shines. Her wide warmth blesses everything funny about life and--here especially--everything moving and deep." Annie Dillard In this candid, wistful, appreciative, and beguiling memoir, Smith offers a distinctive and intimate look at one writer s beginnings. "Booklist" In Lee Smith s memoir, "Dimestore," readers will gladly join her, finding her writing with the same lively spirit that has always informed her fiction. She never turns away from her Appalachian roots, revealing that remote region with discerning affection. Elizabeth Spencer, author of "Starting Over" Lee Smith is an American master. In "Dimestore," she continues to grow and shapeshift, bringing her massive fictional gifts to a memoir-in-essays that reads like a novel, with a deeply realized sense of place and character development--the central character here, a deeply winning one, is Smith herself. She has her finger on the social pulse of an America uneasily transitioning from the 20th into the 21st century. Once I began, I couldn t put it down. David Payne, author of "Barefoot to Avalon"" " "Dimestore" is the memoir fans of Lee Smith s fiction have been waiting decades for. It s a pitch-perfect mining of the memories, desires, and imagination fueling one of the South s no, one of "America s" master storytellers. Smith gives us a dappled reality where little girls spy the world from behind a one-way piece of glass, parents are kindly nervous, and eccentric aging poets deal with wintertime rejection by shedding their clothes and rolling in the snow." Dimestore" leaves you seeing the world a little bit Smith-skewed by which I mean through a cleverer, more grounded, and ultimately more open-hearted lens. Beth Macy, author of the bestselling "Factory Man " "
With restrained prose and charming humor, [Smith] illuminated a way of life that has all but disappeared and explores the impulse to bear witness that underpins the storyteller in all of us. "People, "Book of the Week heartwarming "Dimestore "shares the habits that may have saved Smith from her own tendency to get too wrought up, one of which was to approach storytelling the way other people write in their journals, in order to make it through the night. Fiction became her lifelong outlet, a means of sustaining and reaffirming the connection to her work, as well as a way to preserve the rich mountain culture she so loved as a child. "Atlanta"" Journal-Constitution" "Dimestore" may prove to be a work that connects wildly with readers. Because truth is often more powerful than fiction, and because the tale she has actually lived so far to tell is rendered keenly, irrepressibly and without self-pity. Lee Smith, the person, emerges as one of nonfiction s great protagonists. "Raleigh"" News & Observer" Now, at last, we have "Dimestore: A Writer s Life," a seasoned, open-hearted memoir . Yes, Lee Smith is a writer, and without that, we probably would not have this engrossing memoir. But at heart, Lee Smith is a woman openhearted, spirited, humble and it is those qualities especially that inspire and make us glad as we read. "Charlotte Observer" profoundly readable Like her novels, Smith s memoir is intimate, as though writer and reader are sitting together on a front-porch swing. She writes in the rich vernacular of her youth. Smith s details are so piercingly remembered, so vividly set on the page, that I felt wrapped in a great blanket of familiarity. Her memoir is a warm, poignant read about a lost time and place, a love of books and a celebration of the quirks and oddities of home. "Minneapolis"" Star Tribune" This memoir is Smith at her finest. There is not one false note in the book. This wonderful memoir filled with tenderness, compassion, love, and humor is highly recommended for fans of Smith s fiction, lovers of Southern writing, and readers who are interested in the changes in small-town America. "Library Journal, "starred review Candid and unsentimental, Smith's book sheds light on her beginnings as writer while revealing her resilience and personal transformations over the course of a remarkable lifetime. A warm, poignant memoir from a reliably smooth voice. "Kirkus Reviews" "Dimestore "is a testament to the power of place. The author of thirteen novels and multiple short story collections, Smith has long brought Appalachia to life for readers, and the book chronicles her own childhood in the coal-mining town of Grundy, Virginia, where she worked as a young girl in her father s five-and dime, and her path to becoming a writer. "Garden & Gun" In her first work of nonfiction, novelist Smith explores how deep her Appalachian roots go, in this entertaining and poignant collection of Southern memories. "Publishers Weekly" "Here's Lee Smith at herbest."Dimestore"is personal nonfiction, where her brilliance shines. Her wide warmth blesses everything funny about life and--here especially--everything moving and deep." Annie Dillard"