I Am, I Am, I Am

I Am, I Am, I Am

Seventeen Brushes With Death

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Maggie O'Farrell's astonishing memoir of the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life. The childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, which she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. An encounter with a disturbed man on a remote path. And, most terrifying of all, an ongoing, daily struggle to protect her daughter--for whom this book was written--from a condition that leaves her unimaginably vulnerable to life's myriad dangers. Seventeen discrete encounters with Maggie at different ages, in different locations, reveal a whole life in a series of tense, visceral snapshots. In taut prose that vibrates with electricity and restrained emotion, O'Farrell captures the perils running just beneath the surface, and illuminates the preciousness, beauty, and mysteries of life itself.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018
Edition: First American & Canadian edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780525520221
0525520228
Branch Call Number: 823.914 Of1o 2018
Characteristics: 288 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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Indoorcamping
May 13, 2020

Another amazing quirky memoir by a young woman with an original voice and memorable story. She was on a few of the bookish podcasts and sounded like someone you wanted to continue to have a conversation with, so I checked the book out. I felt like it might be weightless and self-absorbed for some reason, so I returned it. I checked it out again after hearing her on yet another podcast and again returned it without opening it. It appeared in my kindle queue by some strange magic and since I was too lazy to read the big fat heavy important books in my pile, I opted for a few minutes with this book, at least to make an excuse to return it once and for all.

But something weird happened. The author became wedged in my thoughts and even after reading the self-imposed 50 pages before returning a book, she was still there, still in my head, the book still in my hands. There is so much here, more than the premise and the youth and the lack of fame and attention would assume.

I loved one of Sally Rooney’s books and hated, hated, hated the other. I don’t even remember which one is which at this point, but felt like this is Sally Rooney for people who don’t like Sally Rooney. The originality is just enough without being gimmicky, and it’s just a beautiful view of a regular life but framed by the experiences we hope to never live.

ArapahoeKati Mar 23, 2020

Sometimes books find you at the right time. In the middle of these uncertain times, I picked this up, curious to see how someone could survive numerous brushes with death, and I was immediately sucked in by each chapter, arranged by the body part that experienced the near-death moment. You won't forget this memoir. Lovely writing, excellent turns of phrase.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Dec 30, 2019

A lovely and unique memoir that will resonate with me for a while.

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tobyfear
Dec 28, 2019

Short stories but this was based on the authors real life

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kennethbhill
Jan 18, 2019

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Maggie O'Farrell's collection of short stories form her memoire that can be described by the quote in her book, "nothing is given, every day is precious, and every moment is a gift." I'm going to have to read more of her writing.

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WoodneathReads
Dec 21, 2018

Told through seventeen near-death experiences, Maggie O'Farrell draws us in to her astonishing, bizarre life with impeccable opening sentences for each essay. Each essay opens with anatomical drawings of the part of the body affected in that essay--lungs, neck, etc. --Taylor (for more of Taylor's suggestions, follow WoodneathTaylor in the catalog)

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Jessi52
Oct 30, 2018

Was not sure what to expect with this book. Not usually a fan of short story collections. These all tie together. What really got me, as I was reading, is just how many close calls I have had in my life, big ones and other ones, that just got brush under the rug, many popped back. Made me want to do a memoir to re visit them.
thanks.

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uncommonreader
Oct 15, 2018

This book has self-contained narratives about O'Farrell's brushes with death which she wrote because her daughter's medical condition results in frequent near death experiences. It made me like who O'Farrell is as a person and I liked her message that life is precious and must be lived each day.

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jasminestea
Sep 29, 2018

I loved this book! I think it is a great way for people who do not normally read non-fiction to get into it-- the short chapters are focused on different parts of the body, and how they connect to the near-death experiences the author has survived. It is an interesting take on death, and makes you consider your own life experiences.
I would, and have been highly recommending this memoir to everyone.

ser_library Sep 19, 2018

beautifully written

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