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Mirror Talk by [Alfaro, Barbara]
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Winner of the IndieReader Discovery Award for Best Memoir.

A Catholic girlhood, New York theatre, marriage, and the healing power of humor are interwoven in Mirror Talk's lyrical and often witty reflections.

About the Author

Barbara Alfaro graduated from Goddard College in Vermont and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. She is the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award and two Jenny McKean Moore writing scholarships at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Visit

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2871 KB
  • Print Length: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon (Jan. 20 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003Z9K4AY
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b9946fc) out of 5 stars Loneliness, Laughter and Love ... it's all right here in Mirror Talk Sept. 16 2011
By sunny lockwood - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Mirror Talk by Barbara Alfaro is a thoughtful book, rich in detail, humor and poignancy.
A memoir, Mirror Talk takes the reader on a gentle journey from childhood to retirement. The writing is graceful, the observations clever, sometimes painful but always honest.

Barbara Alfaro's gift of description is fresh and delightful: Coney Island's rollercoaster described as "a giant doodle against the sky." A lake where, as a child, she went fishing with her grandfather described as "spotted with lily pads." Or the conclusion that "Having a successful marriage proved a lot more difficult than geometry."

Barbara is an accomplished poet and playwright, and it shows in her flowing, rhythmic prose.

I loved the chapter "Summer Romance," which deals with family love and loss, and confides to the reader the event that changed Barbara's life - seeing her first play. She writes, "I don't remember the play. I do remember loving everything about it - the stage, lighting, sounds, costumes. It was as if the most beautifully illustrated book in the universe had suddenly come to life, giant-size and accompanied by music. I was instantly and permanently theatre mad."

Much of this witty and wistful memoir is devoted to the author's life in the theater. And her behind-the-scenes glimpses of New York's theatrical universe reveal the quirky, weird and wonderful people known as actors, directors and producers.

Her chapter "Make Mine Cognac" had me laughing out loud.

For a wise and gentle look at a tenderly-layered life, I recommend Mirror Talk, a memoir by Barbara Alfaro.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b994750) out of 5 stars Baby Boomer's Reflections Aug. 17 2011
By Vincenzo - Published on
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Baby Boomers will recognize many of the stories in Mirror Talk: summer vacations at the beach, holidays at the grandparents, schoolmates influential in not always positive ways, schoolyard infatuations, romances, marriages, and those boring but necessary entry level jobs. Throughout these stories, Mirror Talk reflects the high goals the Boomers either created for themselves or that family and society foisted upon them. The lesson of Mirror Talk is that, while disappointment sometimes follows high expectations, disappointment is reserved for those strong-willed folks who have the courage to aim high. Disappointment is, therefore, a positive, representing humankind's eternal striving for personal betterment, albeit a sometimes unsuccessful striving. As such, Mirror Talk is not a generational piece, after all. Rather, it is a timeless tale of those persons who aim for the material heavens, but in so doing reach a heaven of a more immaterial sort.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b994b88) out of 5 stars A poet's memoir...a small jewel Jan. 1 2012
By H.W. Black - Published on
Format: Paperback
The best gifts often come in small packages, and Barbara Alfaro's slender 125-page memoir "Mirror Talk" is a small treasure. I can't decide whether this author is a poet who writes essays, or an essayist who writes poems; jump into the book and decide for yourself. "I exist," Alfaro writes, "in psychological not chronological time ... the dual curse and blessing of writers, the true time-travelers." These stories are full of warmth and wit, and the necessary brutal self-honesty that builds a series of individual recollections into an ever more deeply-moving whole. Life at the Rehearsal Club in Manhattan as an aspiring actress involves quite a bit of waitressing, and the perhaps requisite nervous breakdown ("I wasn't sure what to wear for a psychiatric evaluation"); a youthful first marriage full of promise inexplicably falls apart; and her Catholic-schooled girlhood seems to sabotage a career at ABC World News--"Barbara Walters told me I'd make a good producer one day if I would just become `more aggressive.'" But by finishing college in her forties at Goddard, (a hippie school full of "volatile vegetarians") she finally achieves confidence in her writing, and moves on to achieve recognition as a poet and playwright--capitalizing on her earlier theater degree and experience. As an author, Alfaro understands the connections that weave past and present together, and as a poet, illuminates this fabric with a vocabulary fresh and vibrant. There's an unflinching quality to her writing that reminds me of the late Irish journalist and broadcast personality Nuala O'Faolain's best-selling memoirs "Are You Somebody?" and "Almost There," but without the bitter edge. Alfaro takes poignant and leads it in the direction of humor (would you meditate on the Marx Brothers while getting an MRI?), in an easy, conversational style that makes for an engaging read. "I keep saying that I've never gotten anywhere," the author writes in the closing lines of "Mirror Talk." Oh, Barbara--you have!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b994f48) out of 5 stars Ah, memories.... April 21 2012
By Marie C. Cordalis - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This was a fast, enjoyable read. Packed full of humor and memories of a fascinating life.
I was interested in this book to begin with because I also attended Catholic school for a time, but completely aside from that this was wonderful read. (Brought back lots of memories of my own scary, wonderful "Sisters".)
Brutally honest with plenty of humor and insight and interesting looks at theater behind the scenes.
Well written and well worth reading!
I received a free copy of this book in order to review it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b998048) out of 5 stars A wonderful book - highly recommended April 21 2014
By Claire Hennessy - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is such a great book. The author shares her thoughts and feelings on her life with such raw honesty that at times I wanted to give her a hug and tell her I would be her friend! At others, she had me smiling and laughing out loud at points. She is clever, articulate and humourous. I enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would and would thoroughly recommend it. A fabulous book and an interesting and uplifting read.