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A Novel

Book - 2012
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Stuck in a dead-end relationship, this fearless narrator leaves her metaphorical baggage behind and finds a comfort zone in the air, "feeling safest with one plane ticket in her hand and another in her underwear drawer." She flies around the world, finding reasons to love life in dozens of far-flung places from Alaska to Bhutan. Along the way she weathers unplanned losses of altitude, air pressure, and landing gear. With the help of a squad of loyal, funny, wise friends and massage therapists, she learns to sort truth from self-deception, self-involvement from self-possession.At last, having found a new partner "who loves Don DeLillo and the NHL" and a daughter "who needs you to teach her to dive and to laugh at herself"--not to mention two dogs and two horses--"staying home becomes more of an option. Maybe."
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393082654
Branch Call Number: F Houston
Characteristics: 306 pages ;,22 cm


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Feb 19, 2013

It was a good book, but as others have commented it is a bit difficult to grasp. I kept waiting for the point where it all came together, but it didn't. The short stories are all interesting and entertaining, but there was not that point where it all made sense where it was leading. I finally just decided I would skip ahead to the end of the book. I knew what happened, but still didn't really care.

Dec 16, 2012

Serious contender for worst book ever written.

nchuppa Sep 03, 2012

Worst book ever!

Jun 29, 2012

I'm having a hard time rating this book. It is amazingly beautifully written. It's lyrical. The format was a bit hard to approach and get into. It skips around in time and place and is told in very short stories/vignettes. The author, Houston, demands that the reader come to her level, which I really liked. She does not spoon feed the characters or their context in the story to you. You have to pay attention to figure out who the people are and who they are to the narrator, and it's not easy to do. It's not a book that you can casually read, you have to sit down and pay attention, the writing will make you want to.

That all being said, I got a little worn down by the narrator. I got to the point where I didn't really care what her issues were. That's the reason why I couldn't go all the way to five stars


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