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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (188 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Berentson Narrator: Jeannie Stith Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Twenty-four-year-old elementary schoolteacher Annie Harper is left behind in Tacoma, Washington, when her boyfriend, David, is shipped overseas. Wrestling with the complex emotions tied to his absence, she begins writing a confessional memoir, imagining it as a moving account of “the woman at home.” But instead of writing a touching account of life on the home front, a tale of integrity and patience peppered with earnest love letters and fat, juicy tears, Annie lives life without David in ways she didn’t anticipate.

She spends more time with her best friend, Gus, begins volunteering at a local retirement center, and adopts a pet chicken. Even as she misses David enormously between his sparse e-mails and choppy phone calls, she struggles with conflicted feelings about their long-distance relationship, her own identity and family history, and the ideological underpinnings of a war that’s exerting such a force on her life.

Told through raw, rough draft chapters of Annie’s memoir-in-progress, Miss Harper Can Do It is a funny and poignant story of what it means to be loyal versus what it means to be in love. In Annie, Berentson has rendered a quirky young woman who copes with loss and stress in unexpected ways, only wavering briefly on the brink of self-pity and never losing her sense of humor.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shannon Arehart | 2/16/2014

    " I really loved this! I think mostly because the narrator has random thoughts and a wild imagination that I relate to. The book is funny and at times poignant. Undecided as to whether I liked the ending and how some strange subplots continued escalating further into strangeness, but overall I really liked it. It's the story of a young teacher whose boyfriend is sent to Iraq. She starts to write "memoirs" of her time without him and how she copes and what she does in his absence. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Linda | 1/25/2014

    " I wanted to like this one -- set in Tacoma, fresh voice, seemed clever (a memoir in the making) ... and then I lost interest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Marjie | 1/21/2014

    " I think I liked this book more than 2 stars, but it took me forever to read so I had to downgrade it. I almost gave up halfway through, but I just started to get an inkling that the ending may be different than what I thought so I stuck with it. My biggest complaint is the use of footnotes. That drove me crazy because I'd have to stop in the middle of a paragraph to read a footnote that sometimes was so long it continued onto the next page and then I'd have to flip back and resume where I had been reading. Very annoying. I also didn't find it as funny as Jane Berentson meant it to be. Though there were a couple of laugh out loud parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by kelli | 1/19/2014

    " I thought this book was a bit boring in parts but Jane Berentson is a really witty and funny writer so that made up for any parts that would drag a bit. I also like that she adopts a chicken. "

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