- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Grove Press (March 18 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802145280
- ISBN-13: 978-0802145284
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 2.1 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 272 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #745,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Journal Keeper: A Memoir Paperback – Mar 18 2011
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'I loved this singularly honest and graceful book. The Journal Keeper reminds us that there is no such thing as an ordinary moment, and certainly no such thing as an ordinary life.'-Elizabeth Gilbert, best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love
'[Theroux] excels at closely observed and elegantly expressed portraits of domestic life that fondly recall the tradition of E.B. White. Theroux is a lovely writer The best thing about The Journal Keeper is the way it keeps us hopeful-and expectant-about what will happen next.'-Danny Heitman, Christian Science Monitor
'Captivating a multi-dimensional pleasure Theroux offers us a multilayered view of herself that is at once whimsical and profound [she] is able to reach deep inside and step outside herself with inspiring aplomb.'-Linda Stankard, Bookpage
'Theroux seems to possess a certain calmness and wisdom [ The Journal Keeper ] is full of small, lyrical insights.'-Juliet Wittman, The Washington Post
'When a writer of Theroux's stature chooses to share such introspective feelings with the world, readers are afforded an unparalleled opportunity to observe how such crystalline powers of observation are developed and nurtured Theroux goes public in this elegiac memoir of love and loss, an elegant tribute to the resiliency of human nature.'- Booklist
'Theroux possess all the field marks of a good writer: Her images and metaphors are so good they glow [Her] advice-'Lean toward the light' and make it a place 'to save small pieces of beauty'-is unnecessary. With The Journal Keeper, she has already shown us how.'-Jann Malone, Richmond Times-Dispatch
'Theroux writes frankly of her doubts, fears, vanities it is those shortcomings and subsequent reflections that make this book a cut above .if a life like Theroux's, so relatively ordinary on the surface, can be felt and expressed in such an extraordinary way, might it be that our ordinary lives can, too?'-Pamela Miller, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
'Lyrical and humorous [Theroux's] narrative is spiked with the trials and joys of writing, intermixed with everyday sweet nothings, none of which are ordinary, that she fashions in to universal truths around every bend are phrases to savor.'-Mims Cushing, Florida Times-Union
'What a wonderful, wonderful book! I felt like I was on a little journey. It really made me think beyond the page. The Journal Keeper reads like a case study of a person's life. You will read it more than once.'-Amy Sedaris, best-selling author of I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence
'In lovely, straightforward prose, Theroux speaks honestly about the quotidian and miraculous aspects of loss and new chances. It's all here-births, deaths and marriages-and the reader is invited into the intimacies of a world that is both familiar and full of surprises.'-Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer Prizewinning author of Olive Kitteridge
About the Author
Phyllis Theroux's books include a memoir, several essay collections, a novella, Giovanni's Light, and an anthology, The Book of Eulogies . She lives in Ashland, Virginia.
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In The JOURNAL KEEPER you are given an up close and personal glimpse of Phyllis's daily life and routine when she was taking care of her mother at the end of her life. Their snippets of conversation, the local town feel and Phyllis's down to earth, sharp style of writing had me slowing down my reading speed so I could drink in each word with love and tenderness.
The image of Phyllis as a young mom lying down in the cool grass in a park looking up at the stars and wondering about her meaning, the meaning of life and really where is this all headed, just really connected to my core. I have been there, too. Those same thoughts.
If you haven't had the pleasure of reading this book, yet, it's one for deep readers, deep thinkers and those that don't just want to swim in the shallow end of the pool. I almost hate reviewing this book because it is out of the league of reviews. It feels to special to be sitting her on the Amazon shelves...
(Elizabeth Gilbert endorsement is on the cover, it reads, "I loved this singularly honest and graceful book. The Journal Keeper reminds us that there is no such ting as an ordinary moment, and certainly no such thing as an ordinary life."
I love reading autobiographies and memoirs. I must admit, though, that I'm weary of reading stories of tortured drug addicts, unwed mothers, and child abuse victims. These types of memoirs swamp the bookstores, while there's a seeming dearth of published life stories that evolve from joy, discovery, imagination, and inspiration.
I knew reading the first few paragraphs that Phyllis Theroux's "Journal Keeper" was just what I was looking for. And once I started, I couldn't put it down. She speaks about her struggles with issues universal to everyone, especially "baby boomers": divorce, aging parents, personal aging, and letting children find their wings. She also shares her joy in discovering new veins of creativity in her soul at a time in life when many might think they're ready for "the pasture." Her writing style is charming, enchanting, warm and deeply personal. A more distinctive voice you won't find anywhere!
I, too, am a writer. I've struggled for years getting my memoir down on paper. Suddenly I'm aware of the ticking clock, the hourglass gobbling the last grains of sand. Theroux's book was such an inspiration. As soon as I finished it, I picked up my memoir pages where I'd left off and started writing again. And I've also begun keeping a journal of my own.
If you enjoy reading memoirs, especially those that let you really snuggle into the heart of the writer, I highly recommend "The Journal Keeper."