9781580051446

Above Us Only Sky Essays

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  • ISBN13:

    9781580051446

  • ISBN10:

    1580051448

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-09-21
  • Publisher: Seal Press

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Whether she is writing about arguing with her mother over her choice ofutfit, at 46, on a family cruise, getting her tubes tied and the importancef a woman's right to choose, or her frequent battles with her rebelyromaniac teenage son, writer and commentator Marion Winik is earthy,earingly honest, and unfallingly witty in the face of adversity. In this newollection of essays, a treat for dedicated fans and new readers alike, Winikxplores how she - and other women - face midlife and aging without gettingangled up in the past or the future, all with her trademark humour andnsistence on the truth - the good, the bad, and the ugly. The collection isivided into five sections: "Back," about her family and her past; "Underfoot, about being a mom; "In the Mirror," about growing older; "Above us Only Sky, about a key turning point in her life, and "Ahead," about facing the future.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi
I. Back
Waiting for Daddy
2(7)
Dear Texas, Goodbye
9(7)
The Big Plan
16(6)
Blond Mommy
22(3)
My Typewriter—A Requiem
25(3)
My Old Neighborhood
28(4)
My Famous Family
32(6)
Mommy and Me
38(10)
II. Underfoot
My New Neighborhood
48(3)
The Case of the Disappearing Baby
51(3)
Code
54(2)
Just Say No to Sports
56(4)
Dysfunctional Families at Sea
60(9)
Vince's Football Career
69(3)
Vince's Fire
72(3)
Vince's Car Wreck
75(4)
Mrs. Portnoy's Complaint
79(9)
III. In the Mirror
The Mad Naked Summer Night
88(3)
Snap
91(4)
Green Acres
95(8)
Just Read This Essay to Look and Feel Ten Years Younger
103(5)
Silly Rabbi, Trix Are for Yids
108(8)
Regarding My Diagnosis
116(3)
16,409 Easy Steps to Late-Life Fitness
119(8)
Losing
127(3)
The Stepmother's Tale
130(8)
IV. Back Again
Above Us Only Sky
138(46)
V. Around
My Name Is Legion
184(3)
The Bagel Experience
187(2)
Semiotics: A Postscript
189(2)
My Luck
191(7)
Ghosts
198(3)
Mothers Against Faith
201(4)
Down the Tubes: A Reproductive Memoir
205(3)
Home Birth, Home Death, Nursing, and the Taliban
208

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