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Blue Suburbia: Almost a Memoir

Blue Suburbia Almost a Memoir Blue Suburbia is a searing memoir so fresh original and honest that it will break your heart and renew your faith in the human spirit With each spare stroke of her pen Laurie Lico Albanese paints a

  • Title: Blue Suburbia: Almost a Memoir
  • Author: Laurie Lico Albanese
  • ISBN: 9780060565633
  • Page: 461
  • Format: Paperback
  • Blue Suburbia is a searing memoir so fresh, original, and honest that it will break your heart and renew your faith in the human spirit.With each spare stroke of her pen, Laurie Lico Albanese paints a vivid portrait of the blue collar landscape of her childhood rusted swing sets, auto body shops, greasy hands, home improvements taking readers along for the wild, treaBlue Suburbia is a searing memoir so fresh, original, and honest that it will break your heart and renew your faith in the human spirit.With each spare stroke of her pen, Laurie Lico Albanese paints a vivid portrait of the blue collar landscape of her childhood rusted swing sets, auto body shops, greasy hands, home improvements taking readers along for the wild, treacherous ride that leads to her escape Her mother may stand silently at the sink year after year, or lie in the basement weeping, but Albanese is determined to flee the deadening certainty of her parents lives Her story does not disappoint us.By turns haunting, hilarious, tragic, and romantic, Blue Suburbia is the chronicle of a determined young woman who overcomes family limitations, socio economic obstacles, and personal fears to build a happy and blessedly ordinary life Written entirely in free verse, Blue Suburbia s cadence is a steady, rhythmic heartbeat, pulsing with pain, rebellion, love, and triumph This is the story many of us might tell, if we had the courage.

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    About "Laurie Lico Albanese"

    1. Laurie Lico Albanese

      I love books great stories and I love the people who tell them as well as the folks who read and share them.I m the author of STOLEN BEAUTY, a novel about love, art, courage and war that illuminates the intimate lives of two remarkable Viennese women whose fates and awakenings are bound by Gustav Klimt and his golden portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer.I m a co author of THE MIRACLES OF PRATO, a novel about the Renaissance painter Fra Filippo Lippi, written with Laura Morowitz.My memoir in verse, BLUE SUBURBIA ALMOST A MEMOIR, was a finalist for The Paterson Poetry Prize in 2004.

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    1. This book was picked out of a book box my loop and I send around. It had been sitting on my shelf for years, or at least it seemed that long! I loved this book, the poetry was amazing and some of the emotions shared really seemed to hit home with me. I recommend it to other moms to read and to those who love poetry.


    2. Wow. I mean really wow. This is a simply incredible, powerful, wonderful book. It's like sushi --- raw, but fantastic in the small bites it is presented in. Yes, technically it is a book of poetry, but it is so very much more than that. It is her life, from childhood to adulthood, cut into small, strong snippets. I can't praise this highly enough. It is an absolute MUST READ.


    3. 4.5 stars. Definitely original - the "memoir" is a series of poems that chronicles the author's life. Most are difficult and poignant, but lovely in their ability to convey so much in so few words. As the back cover blurb offers: "It took me one hour to read Laurie's book, but I'll remember it forever." Recommended.


    4. Billed as “almost a memoir,” this is an autobiography written in free verse. She tells her story of a childhood with an abusive father, who himself was abused by his father, and a cold, distant, unhappy mother, whom I would imagine was clinically depressed. She escapes her hometown and gets herself to college, and then eventually into a good marriage and motherhood. Yet her past haunts her, and her fears of becoming like her mother and mistreating her children, combined with suffering from a [...]


    5. How cana few wordsslice right toyour heart? From its description at , Blue Suburbia sounded like a novel written just for me. I love poetry, and I have a soft spot for confessional Anne Sexton-type poems. I love memoirs, especially sad childhoods. I grew up in suburbia, so I've walked that neighborhood. From the outside, Laurie Lico Albanese seemed to live an ordinary suburban life. But Laurie doesn't leave us there, watching her life from the curb. She brings us inside, into the house, right in [...]


    6. Actual Rating: ***1/2There are a lot of books I’ve read where the main character has suffered many of the same things as are written about in Blue Suburbia. For some reason, however, that those same circumstances are written in verse seems to make them slap the reader upside the head with the reality of it all. The language of Blue Suburbia is wonderfully sparse which, I think, emphasizes the actions…there are no flowery or minimizing adjectives or adverbs to take the sting out of the nouns [...]


    7. I did not read this book so much as devour it. My wife recommended it to me and I loved it from start to finish and could hardly put it down. It is a memoir written in verse, easily read in one or two hours, but full of life, pain, insight, sorrow, humor, sweetness, a genuine delight. Highly recommended.


    8. Some of these poems are good and some are not-so-good. Regardless of the quality of the poems, the subject matter seems tangible, as if it's been lived (which the "almost a memoir" subtitle seems to indicate is pretty much the case). I was pleasantly surprised by the apparent 'real-ness' of this book.


    9. If you're married & have children you'll appreciate this (almost) memoir. It's wonderfully done & uniquely written in prose form. The author helps us to remember how our past vision or life experiences/immaturities cloud our perspectives & visions of others. It will only take you an hour to read this & is well worth it!


    10. If you're married & have children you'll appreciate this (almost) memoir. It's wonderfully done & uniquely written in prose form. The author helps us to remember how our past vision or life experiences/immaturities cloud our perspectives & visions of others. It will only take you an hour to read this & is well worth it!


    11. This is the first memoir written in poetry that I've seen and enjoyed from start to finish. Years of listening to poems read out loud has made me comfortable with this medium for a narrative. Complicated, troubling, joyous and tragic, LL Albanese is sincerely herself.


    12. Not a long read, but very memorable. The poetry is simple and short, but creates a vibrant story that hits you hard. A beautiful story that ties together family, aspirations, and every human emotion.



    13. Parts of this "almost memoir" were so familiar to me, but in a strangely comforting way. Loved this bookSo glad I came across it by chance at the library.






    14. It's okay. A collection of shallow but otherwise engaging poems. This will inspire you to publish your own poetry memoir. If Albanese can do it, so can you.


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