The Unspeakable

The Unspeakable

And Other Subjects of Discussion

Book - 2014
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"Essays on American sentimentality and its impact on the way we think about death, children, patriotism, and other matters"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374280444
0374280444
Branch Call Number: 814.6 D266U 2014
Characteristics: 244 pages ; 22 cm

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jannylegs
Jul 18, 2016

Love her low-level crankiness. Very real.

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ziji28
Apr 18, 2015

Bracing. Hilarious. Knowing.

manoush Mar 31, 2015

Pretty tame fare for such a bold title. Daum's essays range from the forgettable to the cutesy to the gossipy. The strongest essay is the book's first, a portrait of her mother and grandmother that's affecting and intense. But none of the essays live up to the author's claim in the introduction that she's a fearless truth-teller who says openly what others sugarcoat. Nothing in these pages is particularly bold or outlandish or transgressive. It's all very much in step with the current cultural themes of middle-aged angst, ranting about pet peeves, and claiming for oneself more originality and iconoclasm than one's writing actually delivers.

multcolib_darceem Jan 23, 2015

Funny, but not frivolous. I loved Daum's keen recognition of the absurd, her unapologetic honesty and many 1970s-80s pop culture references. What I loved most about these essays however, is how moving they were. How they started off so specific and individual and ended with broader truths about the expected reactions we've assigned to human experiences.

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