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  • Published: New York : [Berkeley, CA] : Grove Press ; Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2012.
  • Year Published: 2012
  • Edition: 1st American ed.
  • Description: 230 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9780802120106
  • 0802120105

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Why be happy when you could be normal?

by Winterson, Jeanette, 1959-

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Call number: 921 Winterson, Jeanette

Available Copies: Downtown 2nd Floor, Malletts Adult, Pittsfield Adult, West Adult

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Originally published: London : Jonathan Cape, 2011.

Traces the author's lifelong search for happiness as the adopted daughter of Pentecostal parents who raised her through practices of fierce control and paranoia, an experience that prompted her to search for her biological mother.

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Why am I me?

Jeanette Winterson is a great writer. It's very hard to convey a thought combined with a feeling, but Winterson is great at bringing readers into her own personal experiences and worldview. Her life story is fascinating, and she expertly interweaves it with literature, psychology, philosophy, and theology. Winterson is clearly at home with the "big ideas" of life, and her story is all the more interesting for their inclusion. I really enjoyed her approach to the question, "What factors make us who we are?"

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