A Postcard Memoir

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Graywolf Press, 2000 - Antiques & Collectibles - 222 pages
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Drawing upon his collection of quirky antique postcards, Lawrence Sutin has penned a series of brief but intense reminiscences of his "ordinary" life. In the process, he creates an unrepentant, wholly unique account about learning to live with a consciousness all his own. Ranging from remembered events to inner states to full-blown fantasies, Sutin is at turns playful and somber, rhapsodic and mundane, funny and full of pathos. Here you'll find tales about science teachers and other horrors of adolescence, life in a comedy troupe, stepfathering--each illustrated with the postcard that triggered Sutin's muse--and presented in a mix so enticingly wayward as to prove that at least some of it really happened.

"This is a delightful little book, as full of shifts and surprises as the kind of transparent kaleidoscope that reorders what it looks at. I sincerely like the man who's constructed himself out of these vignettes, his candor and vulnerability balanced by a critical intelligence and wit. Best of all, he seems wise to himself without cynicism, to the curiosity and moodiness of his younger self and the more secure commitments of his maturity. A Postcard Memoir is the kind of book I'd secretly like to slip into my friends' back pockets, marked READ ME."--Rosellen Brown

Lawrence Sutin is an award-winning memoirist and biographer. His books include Jack and Rochelle: A Holocaust Story of Love and Resistance; Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick; and the forthcoming Do What Thou Wilt: A Life of Aleister Crowley. Sutin teaches in the M.F.A. program at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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I loved this book for a couple reasons. First of all, Lawrence Sutin is a great writer - one of those guys that probably very few have ever heard of outside his home turf, which is primarily the twin ... Read full review

A Postcard Memoir

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Taking an unusual approach to memoir writing, Sutin, an award-winning memoirist and biographer, organizes episodes of his life around his antique postcard collection. An avid collector since a ... Read full review

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Lawrence Sutin is an award-winning memoirist and biographer. His books include Jack and Rochelle: A Holocaust Story of Love and Resistance; Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick; and Do What Thou Wilt: A Life of Aleister Crowley. Sutin teaches in the M.F.A. program at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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