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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (9,209 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeanette Winterson Narrator: Jeanette Winterson Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN:
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Jeanette Winterson's bold and revelatory novels have established her as a major figure in world literature. She has written some of the most acclaimed books of the last three decades, including her internationally bestselling first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, the story of a young girl adopted by Pentecostal parents that is considered one of the most important books in contemporary fiction. Jeanette's adoptive mother loomed over her life until Jeanette finally moved out at sixteen because she was in love with a woman. As Jeanette left behind the strict confines of her youth, her mother asked, Why be happy when you could be normal?

This memoir is the chronicle of a life's work to find happiness. It is a book full of stories: about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about a religious zealot disguised as a mother who has two sets of false teeth and a revolver in the dresser drawer; about growing up in a north England industrial town in the 1960s and 1970s; and about the universe as a cosmic dustbin. It is the story of how a painful past, which Winterson thought she had written over and repainted, rose to haunt her later in life, sending her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her biological mother. It is also a book about literature, one that shows how fiction and poetry can guide us when we are lost. Witty, acute, fierce, and celebratory, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is a tough-minded search for belonging - for love, identity, and a home.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 2/5/2014

    " This was a notable book with the American LIbrary Association. It has a great title and the photo of a cute little girl on the front, but it left me lacking. I wanted more facts about her life and less musings and literary reference. I wanted to know more about what happened to her adoptive mother and her father's new life. So many references to another book "Oranges Aren't the only fruit" made me think I should have been reading it instead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 1/31/2014

    " This wasn't just another story of a bad childhood. Winterson tells her story with humor and depth. She gives lots of credit for her survival to librarians, writers and poets...about which she spoke in detail. And I appreciated her philosphical meanderings and search to understand her pain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 1/29/2014

    " Audio book, read by the author. More like 3.5 than 4, but I always love her language and intelligence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathalie Hood | 1/22/2014

    " I cheated and listened to this as an audio book, I don't think I would have got through it otherwise but glad I listened as it was very informative about the author. I thought it was going to more like a novel, a sequel to 'Oranges are not the Only Fruit' but its not, it's more like a documentary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claire Scannell | 1/7/2014

    " Amazing book, left me wanting more, will be reading more of her work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rae | 1/6/2014

    " I found this difficult to follow however the story was very touching. I enjoyed her sense of humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracyfood | 12/26/2013

    " Wow. This book is intense. There's something profoundly quotable on just about every page, and the author is incredibly brave in that way that suggests writing this book was utterly terrifying to do. More thoughts later maybe? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 12/17/2013

    " This was a very sad tale of a woman's quest for happiness by finding her birth mother. This memoir left me feeling sad and rather unfinished somehow. Probably not too far unlike the author herself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 9/14/2013

    " Wow! I think anyone who has had an 'unusual' upbringing or an interest in the human psyche as unconditional 'loving' beings, will enjoy her insightful writing. Love me some Ms. Winterson "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 8/3/2013

    " Greatly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cwelshhans | 7/8/2013

    " I love Winterson's fiction so much that it is hard to separate what I feel from her fiction from this memoir as a stand-alone book, but it does contain her usual amazing phrases that cut right to the heart of love and loss. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jovita | 5/8/2013

    " I was expecting this book to be hysterical and I kept waiting to laugh out loud. It never happened. It was slow and kind of boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 5/7/2013

    " I'm a total Winterson fan, so reading a memoir was really intriguing. This one felt like two books, and it almost feels like some of the issues she wrote about near the end were still too present to gain any reflection/insight; however, this closeness also gave it a rawness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Torieqwq | 2/3/2013

    " The descriptions of depression and how the author came through the same were detailed and enlightening. I felt like I had gone with her int the Valley of Despair and I cheered her when she came through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 12/11/2012

    " Started reading and realised that it's an autobiography. Not for all but I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Braden | 11/6/2012

    " I'm finally reading this---so far so good! Love her writing style "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eugenie Baumann | 8/29/2012

    " Exquisite. Seriously...go read it now. You're welcome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faith McLellan | 8/19/2012

    " Marvelous memoir of a difficult upbringing. Books saved her, and it shows. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 5/20/2012

    " Heartbreakingly honest. Raw, real & vulnerable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colin | 4/19/2012

    " Nice enough and easy reading, if not awfully easy subject matter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marietta | 3/27/2012

    " Sweet and beautiful and funny with a dash of salt(y tears). "

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