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The Secret Life of Objects #2020

The Secret Life of Objects Selected by O The Oprah Magazine Best Memoirs Best Beach Reads Best First Lines Top Books to Pick Up Now A Wall Street Journal Bestseller MORE PRAISE FOR THE SECRET LIFE OF OBJECTS Her gift for captu

  • Title: The Secret Life of Objects
  • Author: Dawn Raffel Sean Evers
  • ISBN: 9781937543037
  • Page: 485
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Secret Life of Objects By Dawn Raffel Sean Evers, Selected by O, The Oprah Magazine Best Memoirs Best Beach Reads Best First Lines Top Books to Pick Up Now A Wall Street Journal Bestseller MORE PRAISE FOR THE SECRET LIFE OF OBJECTS Her gift for capturing the nugget of a relationship in a single backward glance works beautifully in this illustrated memoir The Chicago Tribune The Secret Life of Objects isSelected by O, The Oprah Magazine Best Memoirs Best Beach Reads Best First Lines Top Books to Pick Up Now A Wall Street Journal Bestseller MORE PRAISE FOR THE SECRET LIFE OF OBJECTS Her gift for capturing the nugget of a relationship in a single backward glance works beautifully in this illustrated memoir The Chicago Tribune The Secret Life of Objects is a lean, brilliant, playful memoir The San Francisco Chronicle Her memoir reflects on everyday objects such as a cup, a ring From these memories comes a whole life story Reader s Digest A unique, evocative memoirwritten with all the wild bloom of imagination that fiction brings to the table The Quivering Pen This endearing memoir takes an assortment of otherwise ordinary possessions and turns it into a series of delicate, resonant stories More Magazine Sometimes things shatter, Dawn Raffel writes in The Secret Life of Objects More often they just fade But in this evocative memoir, moments from the past do not fade they breathe on the page, rendering a striking portrait of a woman through her connections to the people she s loved, the places she been, what s been lost, and what remains In clear, beautiful prose, Raffel reveals the haunting qualities of the objects we gather, as well as the sustaining and elusive nature of memory itself Samuel Ligon, author of Drift and Swerve Stories Dawn Raffel puts memories, people and secrets together like perfectly set gems in these shimmering stories, which are a delight to read Every detail is exquisite, every character beautifully observed, and every object becomes sacred in her kind, capable hands I savored every word Priscilla Warner, author of Learning to Breathe My Yearlong Quest to Bring Calm to My Life

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    1. I DNFed this at 58 percent and stopped reading after The Teacup At that point I didn t care any about the secret life of objects One good thing about cleaning out my virtual TBR pile is for me to look back and wonder what the hell was I thinking when I bought some of the books I did This book was definitely one of those moments for me I still don t get what the author was trying in this collection of vignettes that are about the object in the title of the chapter you read.This collection is bori [...]

    2. I really wanted to like this book It was cute and short with essays on objects holding meaning and their own story, however it just seemed like random blog or diary entries thrown together into book form with sort of disjointed flow as it was all by one author I really couldn t get behind the importance of each object None of them seemed tremendously important or poignantly moving It all seems like a bunch of stuff an art student would write about while reflecting on stuff she was selling on a [...]

    3. This is a quietly affecting, charming book, beautifully written Raffel compiles meditations on various objects in her life and the stories behind them, which is an ingenious structure for a memoir I m going to use excerpts for teaching creative nonfiction writing A mosaic or fragmented structure like this composed of many sort vignettes could grow wearisome, but it never does because Raffel s writing is exquisite each vignette is both its own stand alone prose poem, yet they add up to a family s [...]

    4. This is.99 through 9 21 14 on Kindle I chanced upon this today as a Kindle deal and feel like it was a gift I may even have to purchase the physical book I had never heard of Dawn Raffel, or this acclaimed book, but after reading it in one sitting, I am a fan of both A tribute to favorite objects and the loved ones evoked, this is an easy and pleasurable distraction that will leave you thinking about the stories your favorite things tell.

    5. Some folks complain that the organization of content is too random for them, but I figured it must ve made sense to the author, and left it at that Some entries are a single paragraph, with others covering a couple of pages as with most essay collections, some resonate with a reader than others, but enough of these held my interest that the book earns four stars and a definitely recommended rating.

    6. This was such an easy book to read It was a history of objects Why do we hang on to some items and let others go The things the author kept were so personal and not necessarily the beautiful things that came into her life but the loved objects or objects from those she loved or who loved her Things with a memory attached I looked around my rooms and wished I had thought of it first

    7. Really liked this one in its simplicity It s an easy read, another plus for summer days at my house The author tells of simple off the wall objects in her possession, tells us where she got them, the circumstances, and why they re important in her life But it s than that Her short little essays are often thought provoking What s important in MY life As you might guess, it s nothing expensive Nothing fancy It s the broken this or that The found object The cheap item The impulsive gift They re pr [...]

    8. one person described this book as having economical prose While I agree with that statement, to me, in this book, that translates to not very interesting reading I had high hopes for this book and it was disappointing There were a few bright moments, like the last sentence of the last story Actually, the last store in general was good But, that s all I really remember and I only finished the book yesterday.

    9. The book had a great premise about the sentimentality of objects but other than that, nothing tied the book together Overall, lacked flow Some of the items were off the wall and I was wondering why as a reader, I would even care about other people s stuff if I didn t find the the story behind it interesting I read several passages to my husband and he agreed that it was not convincing and not particularly interesting.

    10. This book was amazing The author uses objects as markers on the road map of her life, while trying to heal from the loss of her mother I laughed out loud broke into tears several times while reading it Even though my life is vastly different from hers, I could empathize with many of her experiences and found many parallels to my own The story is heart wrenching and warming at the same time.

    11. Not my cup of tea This book contains the author s memories about objects she held on to, but because every entry was so brief, no ideas were well developed I kept reading the book was very short in the vain hope that everything would somehow come together I m sure it has meaning for the author, and perhaps for her family, but I don t see the appeal for other readers.

    12. This is a charming book of memories triggered by the objects in the author s life Most of the entries are brief often a page, sometimes just a paragraph It reads like an ongoing conversation, the kind you might have if you stopped by a friend or relative s house while they were pretending to clean out their desk or the spare room closet The entries appear random at first, but I noticed that they form a theme how the things we chose to keep or pack away are often tied with some part of ourselves [...]

    13. High expectations are a killer A while back, I read that this book would change the way I looked at everyday objects It certainly didn t do that, but anyway, I m always up for a good collection of short stories.This is a series of autobiographical stories, each using an object in the author s life a wooden rocking chair, a jewelry box, a teacup as a kicking off point for sharing an anecdote about her life I do like Raffel s writing style, lyrical and effortless But the device simply didn t work [...]

    14. This is a charming little book and one like I have thought of writing myself, especially since the deaths of my parents Many objects in our homes have sentimental stories attached to them some sad stories, some happy, some regretful Dawn Raffel weaves an illuminating little story about a number of objects in her home a mug, a jewelry box, a prayer book, her father s hat, among others Some of the stories are only a short paragraph in length, but all of them draw the reader in and make you think n [...]

    15. I am the complete opposite of he author and HATE unnecessary clutter or holding on to items that I don t think I will use again, so it was really interesting for me to see how much history is actually kept in the houses of people who hoard when compared to me anyway Reading about it sort of made me feel guilty that I haven t kept hold of family heritage I went through the house and the only thing I could find from my grandparents was a couple of old books that my Nan gave me before she passed a [...]

    16. I ve been described than once as a person who attaches to things Heritage in my family is largely connect to objects passed down by generations When I see an object I connect to the stories it might tell about the people of its past, the way it connects me to them Or, to the stories it will tell about me and my life I m a sentimentalist a material culturalist an intuitional curator in training to be a professional curator I very much related to this book.In this series of short stories a page, [...]

    17. This book is a sort of memoir essay series When I read a promo for the book in a women s magazine recently, I thought it was specifically about items that had belonged to her mother After her mother died, she was going through her things But, a few of the essays are about her mother s things, the rest are about other items in the author s life I had expected the memories to be poignant and emotional than they were She chooses random things, some of which don t really hold that much meaning for [...]

    18. When I first read a review on this book I thought it was going to be a story narrated by objects A story through an object s point of view Instead imagine helping an old friend pack and they share the stories behind each item At first I thought I was going to have a hard time getting into the book, almost like reading a very bland diary then I took the time to reflect on items throughout my life that stand out our have been passed on I was able to connect with those emotions and get lost in nost [...]

    19. With the recent passing of my grandfather I felt compelled to read this book I could relate to it certain objects around your house can hold secrets tell a story I ve aquired a lot of my grandparents things that have wonderful, funny sometimes crazy stories attached to them Now I can pass those memories on keep the stories alive This book, though extremely unique.nated very heavily with me I felt it very calming to read the stories about these objects because my family was doing the same thing.

    20. For awhile I didn t think I d finish the book, but I m glad I did In the beginning I found the stories of the objects mildly interesting, but disconnected and somehow devoid of emotion I wasn t really engaged As I went along, though, the stories grew richer, meaningful, and cohesive By the end, it felt like the true story of a life through objects The diversity of objects quotidian, exotic, whole, broken, faded, distant, discarded, essential coalesce into an apt metaphor for the unmatched frag [...]

    21. I was hoping that it was written like a narrative, but instead it is several very short stories of objects within her home Each one though gives you a brief snapshot of her life and places and experiences she s had Some are very touching and thoughtful It makes me look around the room and wonder what stories are tied into the little items tucked in cornors, or random things tacked to the wall or stuck to the shelves Someone may walk in and think Why is there a penny taped to the light switch

    22. I must admit that I fell in LOVE with this cover I am a collector of objects as were my parents, so the premise of this book really attracted me, and It was good The book has an unusual way of telling a life story through the objects that were meaningful to the author, or her family Each object she describes take us back to the time, in her or her relatives lives, and to where or how the object became a piece of the family I may start journaling about my objects.

    23. I started this last fall then it languished unfinished for a while As I m in the midst of my own KonMari after reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up this book seemed enjoyable now While her premise for the objects she highlights wasn t necessarily about sparking joy I found her collection of stories ties to the objects she has around her to be clever something to give me pause to recall the stories of the things I keep near.

    24. The title caught my eye as I am a huge collector of objects myself Several chapters in, I m realizing that this is just the authors memoir of short stories about all of the objects in her home and how she became emotional connected to them Some stories were cute, sweet sentimental however most people out there have a similar collection of objects due to a family member passing or other This book started strong but quickly fizzled out for me.

    25. This was a fast read, with lots of short breaks, good for when you can t sit and read continuously for long stretches.Looking around at all you own, it s not just the stuff by why you came to have it This book tells the story of the origins of all the stuff How the vase came to be, who gave her the jewelry, etc This is probably why it s so hard to get rid of thingse stories we tell ourselves about all of it.

    26. I loved this book The author has put in words what I haven t been able to explain to my family I am a packrat I admit it But almost every item that they see as unnecessary in my house holds memories both good and bad that I don t want to let go of I feel drawn to create my own book of objects with photos and a blank book Thank you Dawn Raffel for explaining this to others

    27. I enjoyed this reflective look at the objects we acquire over time whether by ourselves or passed on to us from others I look at the things I have differently now, and appreciate what they mean to me after having read this book Everything has a meaning and tells the story of our life I liked the way she wove events from the past into the present in some instances.

    28. I wanted to love this book because I love the subject matter I am someone who holds such sentimental value toward objects and I ve always have a hard time getting rid of things because of that feeling This missed the mark by a long shot Our book club decided that we take a shot at writing about one of our favorite objects and the writings were far better.

    29. This collection of stories is mostly a collection of story fragments It s as though the author had written notes on scraps of paper and then pulled them all together to create this book Some of the stories are interesting She sticks to a theme of stories about objects, as the title indicates, bringing in the history of the various objects along with family, friends and experiences.

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