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by Emily Fox Gordon

eBook Are You Happy?: A Childhood Remembered epub
  • ISBN: 1594482373
  • Author: Emily Fox Gordon
  • Genre: Biographies
  • Subcategory: Specific Groups
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Riverhead Trade (March 6, 2007)
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • ePUB size: 1946 kb
  • FB2 size 1954 kb
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The happiness of childhood is existential, not psychological," writes Emily Fox Gordon

The happiness of childhood is existential, not psychological," writes Emily Fox Gordon. Are You Happy? is an evocation of a peculiar and paradoxical kind of happiness-the happiness of an unhappy child. Gordon was a fatty, an academic failure, a schoolyard pariah, a disappointmen An elegant dissection of how youthful happiness is lost, by a memoirist of great style and insight. The happiness of childhood is existential, not psychological," writes Emily Fox Gordon.

Emily Fox Gordon is the author of four books, including Mockingbird Year: A Life In and Out of Therapy, Book fo Days, The View From Now, and Are You Happy? Her work has appeared in Boulevard, Salmagundi, American Scholar, Ploughsares, and the New York Times

Emily Fox Gordon is the author of four books, including Mockingbird Year: A Life In and Out of Therapy, Book fo Days, The View From Now, and Are You Happy? Her work has appeared in Boulevard, Salmagundi, American Scholar, Ploughsares, and the New York Times. She has received two Pushcart Prizes, the McGinnis-Ritchie Award for Nonfiction, and a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Emily Fox Gordon has brought my childhood home, Williamstown, back in full technicolor. ARE YOU HAPPY? invites us into the compelling story of Gordon's childhood that is at once shockingly personal and universal. This is a beautiful, true painting of what it was like to live in a small, New England college town in a more innocent age. A lovely book. She reveals a psychic landcape, an event in our cultural consciousness, a deliciously discerning expose of family life, the fifties, parental love and failure.

Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Are You Happy?: A Childhood Remembered. This book covers her earlier, 1950s childhood as the daughter of a miserly and often hectoring Jewish economics professor at Williams College, whom she claims to have hated, and his eventually alcoholic Presbyterian schoolteacher wife. Though bright (readers are told frequently), Gordon felt like a "misfit"; an overweight, underachieving faculty brat; a "social pariah"; a "blob.

A Childhood Remembered. Emily Fox Gordon was a fatty, an academic failure, a schoolyard pariah, and a disappointment to her highly educated parents

A Childhood Remembered. Emily Fox Gordon was a fatty, an academic failure, a schoolyard pariah, and a disappointment to her highly educated parents. And yet her early life was, as she puts it, "a succession of moments of radiant apprehension. Growing up in a Massachusetts college town in the fifties, she cultivated the writer's lifelong habit of translating experience into words.

An elegant dissection of how youthful happiness is lost, by a memoirist of great style and insight  . Are You Happy? A Childhood Remembered.

Emily Fox Gordon has written: 'Book of days' - subject(s): Essays 'Are you happy?' - subject(s): Williams College, Children of teachers, Childhood and youth, Biography, OverDrive, Biography & Autobiography, Nonfiction. Is there Emily rodda going to write another book for the rondo series?

Emily Fox Gordon has written: 'Book of days' - subject(s): Essays 'Are you happy?' - subject(s): Williams College, Children of teachers, Childhood and youth, Biography, OverDrive, Biography & Autobiography, Nonfiction. They are : The Wizard of Rondo The Battle for Rondo.

31. Being completely terrified at the intro to Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Tap to play or pause GIF. Nickelodeon.

Looking through this book over and over - also having your mom not "feel comfortable" with you owning it because Bart was showing his butt on the cover: blankbooks. 31.

Find nearly any book by Emily Fox Gordon. Get the best deal by comparing prices from over 100,000 booksellers. Are You Happy?: A Childhood Remembered: ISBN 9781594489044 (978-1-59448-904-4) Hardcover, Riverhead Hardcover, 2006. Are You Happy?: A Childhood Remembered: ISBN 9781594482373 (978-1-59448-237-3) Softcover, Riverhead Trade, 2007. Book of Days: Personal Essays.

Recounts the author's 1950s childhood and how it was marked by her mother's alcoholic depression, her own struggles with weight and poor academic performance, and lone rambles through a succession of indoor and outdoor landscapes, in a personal memoir in which the author explains how happiness can be recaptured through telling the story of its loss. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
Comments: (7)
Bys
Disappointed in this book. It was highly recommended. I had just finished a book by this author which was well done and I ordered the previously published book. For me it was overrated.
Dianazius
A wise and wonderful book
Dolid
Emily Fox Gordon has brought my childhood home, Williamstown, back in full technicolor. This is a beautiful, true painting of what it was like to live in a small, New England college town in a more innocent age. A lovely book. I bought an extra copy for the casts of my plays that are set in Williamstown (THE POWER OF BIRDS and SUKI LIVINGSTON OPENS LIKE A PARACHUTE) so the actors could get an honest feeling for what it was like to be a child there.
Skillet
I knew the writer's mother and what Ms Fox wrote was cruel and unfair. King Lear said it best "How sharper than a serpent's tooth….". Many years after her death Molly is remembered and loved in the town of her choice.

I wonder how Ms. Fox would react if her life had been so unfair to her as it was to her mother. Among other things Molly Gordon was the better writer.

Elizabeth
Samugul
Emily Fox Gordon may well become known as The Great American Memoirist for ARE YOU HAPPY? A Childhood Remembered, and her previous memoir MOCKINGBIRD YEARS. To read these books is to spend welcome time in the warm and brilliant company of a deeply insightful writer.

ARE YOU HAPPY? invites us into the compelling story of Gordon's childhood that is at once shockingly personal and universal. She reveals a psychic landcape, an event in our cultural consciousness, a deliciously discerning expose of family life, the fifties, parental love and failure. Her awareness of herself and the world is so evolved that the book unfolds as an exquisite map of individual consciousness, the "socialization" of that, and the brave refusal to limit one's imaginative life and primordial communion with the world.

She writes so well that I read many of her sentences over and over to savor them, and in fact savored the entire book. Gordon has a true gift for writing of profound emotional conflict with empathic clarity. This is a book I value most of all for its wry introspection and moments of awareness that explode in revelation. It's not only about a childhood but the self in all its pain and luminosity.
Malann
In the post-Frey era, it's refreshing to discover a memoir that

reflects the ways in which memory really works. Are You Happy? delights with loose chronology and fleeting images, like the balloon glimpsed after the child has let go of the string. Yet the book is grounded by scrupulous attention to detail, with attending sounds, tastes, and fragrances that fully realize each hovering miniature. Here, one understands the author carefully scrutinized the past not to recite a history, but to evoke and describe a state of being, embracing the privilege, and one of the goals, of the memoirist: to make art of the past, as would a painter, or a musician improvising on a theme.

Highly recommended.
Madis
I kept waiting for the author to get to the point about something. Was it a happy childhood, an unhappy one? Is she a happy adult? Did she have some childhood trauma? Whatever happened to her mother to make her so unhappy in the end? This book was a hodge podge of fleeting images, parenthetical descriptions about nothing important, a memory here and there - what was the story? We all have flashes of childhood memories, but they aren't that interesting to anyone else. Yet this author jumps from one memory to another, in excruciating detail, as if every memory she can pull out and examine is interesting to the world at large. Don't waste your time.
This wonderful book tranforms incidents that we can all identify with into brilliantly captured observations about life. I am struck by the book's honesty and Ms. Gordon's ability to inject an aura of mystery and intrigue into the incidents she recalls with such lucidity. It's a great read, very moving in its simplicity and yet filled with Proustian overtones, giving the book its strength and power.
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