Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal

Why Be Happy When You Could .. Jeanette Winterson 2012
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27 24 3 8.9/10 HARDCOVER NON-FICTION English 224 Grove Press 0802120105 9780802120106

Jeanette Winterson’s novels have established her as a major figure in world literature. She has written some of the most admired books of the past few decades, including her internationally bestselling first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, the story of a young girl adopted by Pentecostal parents that is now often required reading in contemporary fiction.Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a memoir about a life’s work to find happiness.

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Critic Reviews

The Guardian Zoe Williams

This is certainly the most moving book of Winterson's I have ever read, and it also feels like the most turbulent and the least controlled.

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The Boston Globe Carmela Ciuraru

...[Winterson's] bold memoir is a marvelous gift of consolation and wisdom.

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The New York Times Dwight Garner

The device of the trapped young person saved by books is a hoary one, but Ms. Winterson makes it seem new, and sulfurous.

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Salon Laura Miller

...the strength of her writing about this period in her life has always been its generosity.

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The Globe and Mail Sarah Barmak

As Winterson’s oeuvre of ideas is evolving still, we can only hope for more memoir writing from her.

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The A.V. Club Ellen Wernecke

Winterson is able to acknowledge the secrets that were beyond her understanding then without pushing for a pretense of false objectivity.

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