Heating & Cooling
52 Micro-memoirsBook - 2017
"Imagine the hundred things you enjoy doing most in the world. Reading Heating & Cooling is more fun than 95 of them."
The 52 micro-memoirs in the genre-defying Heating & Cooling offer bright glimpses into a richly lived life. They build on one another to arrive at a portrait of Beth Ann Fennelly as a wife, mother, writer, and deeply original observer of life's challenges and joys. Some pieces are wistful, some poignant, and many of them reveal the humor buried below the surface of everyday interactions. Heating & Cooling shapes a life from unexpectedly illuminating moments, and awakens us to these moments as they appear in the margins of our lives.
"Insightful and precise. . . . A portrait of a life that is deeply felt and fully awake."
-- Ann Patchett
"Strong and at the same time wonderfully vulnerable. There is a matter-of-fact revelation inherent in her work. I deeply enjoyed this book--deeply."
-- Dorothy Allison
"The pieces . . . look like jewels¯finely wrought, lyric and subtle--but they expose themselves as creatures: vital, writhing, surprising, alive."
-- Leslie Jamison
Featured Blogs and Events
Polli and Kate had the great pleasure of interviewing Beth Ann Fennelly, Poet Laureate of Mississippi, about her collection of micro-memoirs, Heating & Cooling, as well as the intersections between poetry, memoir, and fiction. They also name her an honorary Scorpio. Listen in: Learn more about Beth Ann Fennelly and her innumerable talents and awards on her website. You can find her… (more)
With all the turbulence of 2017—for better or worse—one thing remained constant: great books of all flavors. Staff from all across the library share their favorites; read on for the LPL’s best books of 2017. Meredith: This year, I fell in love with three books that explored human connection in very different ways: Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders, which melded historical fiction… (more)
From Library Staff
LPL_PolliK Nov 29, 2017
Beautiful surprises await in this tiny gem of a book. By turns funny, true, and heartbreaking, Fennelly - a poet laureate - bring that sensibility to her compact, perfect prose. Micro-memoirs my be my new favorite thing! You'll find yourself re-reading several a few times before you're done.