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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1994-02-01
  • Publisher: Villard Books

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Combining the insight of Anna Quindlen and the comic storytelling of Garrison Keillor with her own singularly outrageous humor, Marion Winik has captivated thousands of listeners on NPR's All Things Considered. Now, in Telling, she takes us on a journey both personal and universal, a tour of the minefield of chance and circumstance that make up a life. Along the way, she offers razor-sharp takes on everything from adolescence in suburban New Jersey ("Yes, I wanted to be a wild teenage rebel, but I wanted to do it with my parents' blessing") to hellish houseguests and bad-news boyfriends; from the joys of breastfeeding in public to the sometimes-salvation of motherhood. Candid, passionate, and breathtakingly funny, Marion Winik maintains an unshaken belief that following one's heart is more important than following the rules -- and a conviction that the secrets we try to hide often contain the deepest truths. "A born iconoclast, an aspiring artiste, a feminist vegetarian prodigal daughter, from early youth I considered myself destined to lead a startling life far outside the bounds of convention. I would be famous, dangerous, brilliant and relentlessly cool: a sort of cross between Emma Goldman, Jack Kerouac, and Georgia O'Keeffe.... So where did this station wagon come from?" -- from Telling From the Trade Paperback edition.

Table of Contents

Tellingp. 3
This Is Not My Beautiful Housep. 12
For Mr. Turtle, and Othersp. 22
Sixteen Pictures of My Fatherp. 26
Women Who Love Men Who Don't Pay Their Parking Ticketsp. 33
How Do I Look?p. 39
Suburban Teens on Acid, 1972-1975p. 53
The Madonna About Townp. 59
Where Mommies Come Fromp. 64
Secrets of the Nativesp. 75
Going Out to Breakfast, and Other Grounds for Divorcep. 78
What Are Friends For?p. 85
Houseguest Heaven and Hellp. 90
A Very Good Friday Indeedp. 97
Work: The Early Yearsp. 102
Meditations on a Stolen Pursep. 109
The Landladyp. 113
Taking Hayes to Mexicop. 122
Off the Road, and Onp. 133
Domestic Arrangementsp. 139
Some of My Best Friendsp. 150
Visiting Stevenp. 157
The Out-of-Townersp. 165
A Night in New Orleansp. 174
My Secret Crushp. 181
Thirty-fivep. 184
Things Don't Just Disappearp. 190
My Sibilant Darlingp. 198
Do the Night Thingp. 209
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