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Monday, January 24, 2011

Memoir Monday presents... Reading Lips: A Memoir of Kisses by Claudia Sternbach

A new memoir came my way from those wonderful people atUnbridled Books! It's Reading Lips: A Memoir of Kisses by Claudia Sternbach, where Claudia writes about "the kisses - platonic and romantic - that shaped her life." Thinking about it, don't we girls remember certain kisses in our life?! From the pulblisher...

Kisses, even the ones that don’t happen, can be the trace of what’s constant when life changes. In childhood, when what seems to define everything is competition—for style, for knowing, for experience—a kiss is the first first. When a girl’s father moves out and chooses a new family, a kiss on the head from him may be the trace of constancy that she wants most.

Later, such things take on a different flavor. Sometimes the kiss she wants doesn’t come. Sometimes the one she wouldn’t have is forced upon her. From time to time, the one she has kissed before is lost to her.

Some kisses are final. When things are most hectic a kiss can be a celebration. And when circumstances grow threatening—to a woman, her family, her sister—a kiss becomes the reassertion of the most vital connections.

The rich story in these essays rings with good humor and with moving wistfulness. Throughout, Sternbach maintains a perfect balance between them as her story moves from the bittersweet desires of childhood on through loss and love.

Reading Lips is the tale of one woman who is just trying to get life right.

Reading Lips: A Memoir of Kisses by Claudia Sternbach will be published this coming April. It's already gotten some great pre-publication praise for Claudia's writing. Look for my review coming in February!


Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

this sounds like a super interesting book. I never have stopped to think of all the many types of kisses that there are! Thanks for sharing this!

Nancy said...

Hi Suzanne -- congratulations, you won the drawing for the giveaway of A Discovery of Witches at At First Glass. Can you let me know your mailing address so Viking can send it out to you?

Chiseled in Rock said...

Reading Lips just made it on our kiss list. :)


Suzanne Yester said...

Hi Caren,
I never thought about all those different kinds of kisses either until I received this book. What a unique perspective on ones life though! :-)

Suzanne Yester said...

Hi Chiseled in Rock!
Love that "Reading Lips" made your kiss list! :-)

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