Extra Innings: A Memoir

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1993 - Biography & Autobiography - 298 pages
Extra Innings continues the intense, sometimes funny, sometimes tart, and sometimes very moving account of a closely examined life begun by Doris Grumbach in her widely praised day book Coming into the End Zone. That earlier book chronicles the author's seventy-first year, a time of both struggle against and acceptance of the encroachments of old age. Extra Innings begins two years later, on the publication date of its predecessor, its author exposed to all the exquisitely mingled hopes and fears of sending a book into the world. In this case, though, each review offered Doris Grumbach not only an opinion of her book, but something of a mirror in which she could see herself as the world sees her - or her self-portrait. It proves a somewhat disorienting route to self-knowledge. And so begins another eventful year - crowded with the literary pleasures (and pains) of a life spent reading and writing; the natural beauties and social particulars of life in coastal Maine; the mingled joys and affronts of travel to New York, Washington, Mexico; and, always, the looming presence of illness and mortality, the author's own and her daughter's as well. Extra Innings is, finally, a book about the successful search for home, the end of a journey to the Cove in Sargentville, Maine, where the serene landscape to be viewed from Grumbach's study comes to match the inward landscape of memory and well-earned peace.
 

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EXTRA INNINGS: A Memoir

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A meandering journal of novelist Grumbach's 74th year that chronicles a final move from Washington, D.C., to the coast of Maine, and that includes brief, often charming, reflections on such diverse ... Read full review

Extra innings: a memoir

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Organized as a journal divided by months, Grumbach's book begins on September 15, 1991, the day her first memoir, Coming into the End Zone ( LJ 8/91), first appeared in print. The journal covers the ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
10
Section 3
13
Section 4
16
Section 5
27
Section 6
39
Section 7
40
Section 8
41
Section 24
139
Section 25
140
Section 26
141
Section 27
143
Section 28
167
Section 29
193
Section 30
195
Section 31
199

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
71
Section 15
75
Section 16
78
Section 17
91
Section 18
99
Section 19
105
Section 20
107
Section 21
119
Section 22
121
Section 23
133
Section 32
206
Section 33
211
Section 34
225
Section 35
229
Section 36
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Section 37
240
Section 38
247
Section 39
251
Section 40
263
Section 41
270
Section 42
275
Section 43
288
Section 44
293
Section 45
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About the author (1993)

Doris Grumbach's works available in Norton paperback include her earlier journal, Coming into the End Zone, and the novels Chamber Music, The Magician's Girl, The Ladies, and The Missing Person. Grumbach lives in Sargentville, Maine. Grumbach's new novel, The Book of Knowledge, is being published in hardcover.

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