Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs



The 52 micro-memoirs in genre-defying Heating & Cooling offer bright glimpses into a richly lived life, combining the compression of poetry with the truth-telling of nonfiction into one heartfelt, celebratory book. Alternatingly wistful and wry, ranging from childhood recollections to quirky cultural observations, these micro-memoirs build on one another to shape a life from unexpectedly illuminating moments.

Product Details

Price: $13.95  $12.83
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published Date: September 25, 2018
Pages: 112
Dimensions: 5.3 X 0.4 X 7.8 inches | 0.3 pounds
Language: English
Type: Paperback
ISBN: 9780393356489
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About the Author

Beth Ann Fennelly is the author of three poetry collections, Unmentionables, Tender Hooks, and Open House; two memoirs, Heating & Cooling and Great with Child; and a novel, The Tilted World, coauthored with her husband, Tom Franklin. She teaches at the University of Mississippi, and is also the state's Poet Laureate. She lives in Oxford, Mississippi.


Whether you call these pieces poetry or memoir, they showcase Fennelly's signature freshness and candor.... This collection will invite you into the delicate balance between the challenging, sometimes squalid, human condition and the beauty and sadness of the transcendent.
A rich, varied, and refreshingly unpredictable portrait of a woman in her prime.... Readers, you are in for a hootenanny of a wild ride. This is Fennelly at her most laid-bare, wickedly funny, and irrepressibly poetic best.
[Fennelly] has an eye for the absurd, for those telling, little moments that make up a life and build memories. Some are humorous, some are moving. Others are heartbreaking.
Fennelly packs a lot into each short piece, with some lighter in subject matter and others with a sudden punch-in-the-gut feel, weighted with existential exploration. Potent despite their brevity.
An author of bold perception, powerful femininity, and candid vulnerability. This deceptively slim, convention-defying collection delivers unerringly generous rewards.
Consistently entertaining...always poised, eloquent, and full of moments of tenderness.
Wise, irreverent, funny....Everyone should read this book.