I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place

I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place

Book - 2013
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A memoir details the haunting and redemptive events of the author's life, covering such topics as his con-man father's betrayal, the murder-suicide of a houseguest, and his decade spent in the Arctic as a translator of Inuit tales.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013
ISBN: 9780547385426
Characteristics: xii, 194 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 23, 2015

Memoir/autobiography/collection of essays from an excellent fiction writer. This is a pretty personal collection, and there are some tough times in Norman's life. The title of the book reflects a recurring theme in his life, and ultimately describes his family home which was the site of a murder/suicide of a housesitting acquaintance.
Interesting and easy reading.
Norman's fiction is built around his love for birds and the Inuit people, and also worth reading. Start with "The Bird Artist".

ChristchurchLib Sep 17, 2013

"Novelist and memoirist Howard Norman reminisces on the unusual people he's encountered and situations where he's found himself, detailing each episode in autobiographical essays that evoke strange, sometimes mystical events, humorous conversations, and even a murder-suicide. In the background are always the healing grace of life in the wilderness and the power of words to produce and maintain balance." September 2013 Biography and Memoir http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=678915


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