Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear

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Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear

Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear By Kate Carroll de Gutes Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear Essays that chronicle some of life s biggest dramas marriage divorce and the quest for the perfect fashion accessory On the surface Kate Carroll de Gutes debut collection of essays considers her se

  • Title: Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear
  • Author: Kate Carroll de Gutes
  • ISBN: 9781940906126
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Paperback
  • Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear By Kate Carroll de Gutes Essays that chronicle some of life s biggest dramas marriage, divorce, and the quest for the perfect fashion accessory On the surface, Kate Carroll de Gutes debut collection of essays considers her sexuality, gender presentation, and the end of her marriage But, as editor Judith Kitchen says, peel it back, begin to take it apart, semantically and linguistically and peEssays that chronicle some of life s biggest dramas marriage, divorce, and the quest for the perfect fashion accessory On the surface, Kate Carroll de Gutes debut collection of essays considers her sexuality, gender presentation, and the end of her marriage But, as editor Judith Kitchen says, peel it back, begin to take it apart, semantically and linguistically and personally, and it all comes clear Kate Carroll de Gutes invites readers to become collaborators in essays about issues we all face growing up, identity, love, loss, and sometimes, the quest for the perfect fashion accessory With wit matched by self compassion and empathy, the essays offer a lesson on the inevitable journey back to the places we all began On every page, de Gutes reminds us that we all traverse life s roads with one eye fixed on the receding and mirrored past Stephanie Kallos, best selling author of Broken for You.
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    1. Claudia Putnam on said:

      I started out, as the reader, just a bit worried I was afraid we were in Gretel Ehrlich terrain, where the writing would be beautiful, full of astonishing metaphor, but would skirt the central issue As in Erhlich s A Match to the Heart, where she goes on and on about what the book is ostensibly about, getting struck by lightning, while making cursory references to her divorce, and all along we are screaming at her WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR MARRIAGE And while we may not discover all the gory details [...]

    2. Judith on said:

      Wonderful writing I could use any of the essays in this book in classes for examples of point of view, structure, pacing, use of interesting sentences, humor, turns, list essays, etc.What I appreciate most about this collection is though there are sassy, smart, goodness I want this person at my dinner party essays where the speaker knows exactly how to define herself, there are so many instances where the lid flies open on the mystery of life and the speaker asks and doesn t answer unanswerable [...]

    3. Jenny Forrester on said:

      Exquisite prose, insight and wisdom and a sharp minded humor with a heart of gold, de Gutes has it all Lambda Winner, Oregon Book Award Winner Gorgeous.

    4. Judith Shadford on said:

      Brilliant, of course I knew that going in After all, Kate won this year s Lambda Award plus the Oregon Book Award And we went to grad school together What was an immediate delight is her skill in shifting points of view 1st person, 2nd person yes , 3rd so there is none of the deadly and then and then that can plague a memoir in less skillful hands I am seduced by her acute and marvelous sense of fashion, coming out to her family, to herself within our culture She draws me deeper into her story b [...]

    5. Heather Weber on said:

      KCDG is a masterful writer Her juxtaposition of irony and humor with the tender and raw realities involved with the decline of aging parents, coming to terms with her gender identity and sexuality, and recovering from the end of a long marriage had me aching with empathy and laughing along with her in the span of a few pages Holding the ironic, the comedic and the tragic in tension like that is the sort of thing that can be accomplished only by a writer with a tremendous depth of insight on huma [...]

    6. Robert Peate on said:

      Kate Carroll De Gutes is a role model and inspiration in a bow tie The personal is political, and my horizons have been broadened at the same time I have been allowed to see than ever that we are all human and normal Kate is a brave woman transforming the mundane into the universal, while giving voice to than just herself I was moved to tears by her struggle, by the struggle of all who have faced orientational injustice I salute and thank her for rising above the b.s.

    7. Josephine Ensign on said:

      Warm, wryly humorous, deeply human and impeccably written Having had the pleasure of hearing Kate Carroll de Gutes read several of these essays in various Seattle area venues, it was rewarding to be able to savor them again as written words on a page of a lovely real book I love Kate and I love this book.

    8. Brook on said:

      I loved these short essays and stories vignettes of a life not very dissimilar from mine, if a few decades before deGutes has a very good way with words, and while this was an easy, read, I savored the emotion on the page Would definitely recommend this one of my favorites from Lez Book Club.

    9. Colette on said:

      Many good, thoughtful, educational and humorous essaysI enjoyed the book a lot I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of humor in the book I enjoyed Kate s creative words very much Read this book if you don t have gay friends, or even if you do or even if you re gay I feel like Kate confides in her audience some very important aspects for people to know about gay children coming to terms with their sexuality I understand much better how this world makes it so difficult for them There are all t [...]

    10. Jennifer on said:

      A very readable, kaleidoscope of a memoir If only the author were as self aware and insightful as her writing is From a west coast perspective she may be high strung, self absorbed and neurotic, but since I am a New Yorker her angst felt incredibly flimsy and flat Either that or she couldn t find the courage to plumb the depths of horror and humiliation a true neurotic gets when they take a hard, true look at themselves This review is perhaps coming out harsher than I really intend, because I di [...]

    11. Amy on said:

      I really liked this book and had the bonus opportunity to meet the author through my book club It s a memoir, a collection of essays full of humor and humility and a story of loss, love and how we find a path forward Highly recommend.

    12. Helen on said:

      I won this book in a giveaway.It was a quick easy read and held my interest.

    13. Julene on said:

      The first time I heard Kate Carroll de Gutes read was at the Jack Straw Program Her writing comes across funny, but under that veneer she confronts the world and tells her truth, which stands in for many women a lesbian who prefers to dress in comfortable clothing, the kind of clothing men wear and when a long term partnership, a marriage of two wives, separates Divorse is a sad and complicated life event and lesbians have long been deprived of support to grieve Kate grieves through her writing. [...]

    14. Sally Wakeland on said:

      I was particularly intrigued with this memoir because I have many lesbian colleagues, and I have listened to their coming out tales, issues with family members, and general public criticism and harassment I enjoyed Kate s description of the clothing that she wouldn t wear funny and her tales of gay realization As someone with a very elderly mother, the objects do become a life raft, something to grasp onto quote was quite touching and real for me I find myself in my sixties latching onto certain [...]

    15. Anara Guard on said:

      This collection of 29 memoir essays won both the Oregon Book Award in literary arts and a Lambda award and it is clear why Kate Carroll de Gutes has a deft hand with her memories, paring away what is extraneous to reveal crystal clear insight into the hazards of growing up butch and the continual process of coming out Her pieces on marriage ending rang true for me, although she was faced with the response, But it s not a REAL divorce, right and I never had to confront that particular sharp preju [...]

    16. Tarn Wilson on said:

      I ve read this book of essays three times, and continue to learn from it DeGutes gracefully, honestly, and bravely explores the grief at the end of her marriage, wrestles with her challenging family, and shares her journey of coming out, which was not a moment, but a life long process of learning to accept herself The essays often use objects and their associations as they way into difficult topics The essays also generally move backwards in time, as we learn and about the layers of DeGutes li [...]

    17. Corinne on said:

      I found this book fascinating at first The author revealed pieces of herself slowly by introducing various objects in her life and connecting them to moments It become raw and real and eventually she was the object She struggles with her identity, life choices and than anything how to love You become drawn into her struggles, her successes, her issues until you feel like you are a rare person who got to glimpse all of who she is she is beautiful, complicated and human.

    18. Erin Hollowell on said:

      What a masterfully balanced book about love, identity, fidelity, and family Self effacing humor and huge swaths of vulnerability combined in a book of essays that left me wanting Can t wait to read her next book

    19. Lizzie on said:

      Excellent collection of essays Each essay is discrete, but to together they move forward then backward in time exploring the author s divorce, then early years of marriage, and then childhood The prose is lyrical and has these sentences that strike you with clarity.

    20. Laurie McManus on said:

      Must ReadKate writes from her heart I grew up with her and had no idea of all that she went through.

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