The Merry Recluse: A Life in Essays

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COUNTERPOINT, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 292 pages
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From the best-selling author of Drinking: A Love Story, and Appetites: Why Women Want comes this unforgettable collection spanning fifteen years of observations on modern culture and women's lives. Caroline Knapp's readers are known not just for their number, but for their intense connection to her work. Knapp connected so well in part because of the intense focus she brought to her subjects. Now, with The Merry Recluse: A Life in Essays, Knapp shows us that her vision through a wider lens is as brilliant as through a narrow one. These essays paint the fullest picture of this wonderful writer that we've yet seen, but they are also a full portrait of a writing life, showing how the same themes can engage--and expand--a writer over a lifetime. Knapp, who died in 2002, was considered one of the country's more intelligent and graceful voices in memoirs. This collection also shows her to be a witty, provocative observer of the world around her.

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User Review  - TimBazzett - LibraryThing

I've been reading the essays in this book off and on for a few months now and just finished them. Knapp's writing is, I hesitate to say it, but, well, it's addictive. I could never read "just one ... Read full review

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User Review  - michaelm42071 - LibraryThing

This is a group of essays put together by Sandra Shea, who was Knapp’s editor at the Boston Phoenix; I am convinced Knapp would never have chosen that particular essay, the last here, for the ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Caroline Knapp lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and died in May 2002 at the age of forty-two.

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