Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning by Claire Dederer

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Read Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning Online Free - From the New York Times best-selling author of Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, a ferocious, sexy, hilarious memoir about going off the rails at midlife and trying to reconcile the girl she was with the woman she has become.

Claire Dederer is a happily married mother of two, ages nine and twelve, when she suddenly finds herself totally despondent and, simultaneously, suffering through a kind of erotic reawakening. This exuberant memoir shifts between her present experience as a middle-aged mom in the grip of mysterious new hungers and herself as a teenager–when she last experienced life with such heightened sensitivity and longing. From her hilarious chapter titles (“How to Have Sex with Your Husband of Seventeen Years”) to her subjects–from the boyfriend she dumped at fourteen the moment she learned how to give herself an orgasm, to the girls who ruled her elite private school (“when I left Oberlin I thought I had done with them forever, but it turned out …they also edited all the newspapers and magazines, and wrote all the books”), to raising a teenage daughter herself–Dederer writes with an electrifying blend of wry wit and raw honesty. She exposes herself utterly, and in doing so captures something universal about the experience of being a woman, a daughter, a wife.

Title : Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning
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ISBN : 1101946504
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 pages


Meg rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 16, 2017

I've just finished Claire Dederer’s “Love and Trouble” or, as I’ve alternatively titled it “People who look at me and why.” I am a little disappointed. No, I’m a little angry. A lot angry actually. The degree of hubris required to write this book and then to show (or sell!) it to people other tha...

Elyse rated it ★★★★☆

July 07, 2017

Lots could be said - interesting/addictive audiobook....but I kept an arm distance!!

juliemcl rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 16, 2017

Blech. I kept wanting to stop reading, but already owed the library fine so kept reading to the end - you know, to get my money's worth? I guess this holds your interest inasmuch as reading someone's diary for an hour might be interesting, but it meanders, is imprecise, is exasperating, is immatu...

Jaclyn rated it ★★★☆☆

May 23, 2017

Her raw, clever writing does only a mediocre job of hiding the messy construction of the book. There are stunning moments that beg to be reread, but those are (unfortunately) lost in the sorting through of everything else.

Wendy rated it ★☆☆☆☆

May 15, 2017

A woman going through a ridiculous mid life crisis is fixated on her thirteen year old self. Quoting from the book, "You received a savage e-mail from a mentor and former editor of yours, who told you the book was so unreadable she had to stop midway through." kept ringing in my mind as I read th...

Vanessa rated it ★★★★★

May 28, 2017

Best book I've read in a while. Couldn't put this baby down. Female sexuality, like all sexuality, is complicated-- thank god we are finally talking about it with this kind of lucidity and candor.

Becky rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 09, 2017

Mixed feelings. On the one hand, Claire Dederer is a very good writer; on the other hand, I found this book to be too long and self indulgent. There was a lot of repetition. Basically, she's a very sexual person, she slept around a lot when she was younger and really enjoyed it and now she's a ma...

Amy rated it ★☆☆☆☆

May 24, 2017

I specialize in child abuse and neglect, and based on that, I would say the author is still suffering quite actively from it effects as an adult. As a child, she seems largely ignored and certainly unprotected. I found it sad that she spun this maltreatment into some kind of wacky, sexualized per...

Holly rated it ★★★☆☆

June 17, 2017

I didn't find this all that different in tone from Dederer's 2010 memoir Poser, a work that she now disparages as a "lady book". Much of this new memoir I found grating and hard to listen to. I was going to give it two stars but then the final chapter or two redeemed it. She's good with putting s...

Kevin rated it ★★★★★

June 06, 2017

I loved this memoir. So fun, sexy, wise, open, and fierce. I think I related to so much of it because Dederer and I were both raised in Washington state and are only two months apart in age. If I were a woman, this may have been MY memoir. I wrote a longer review with personal thoughts on this bo...

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