The Chronology of Water

The Chronology of Water This is not your mother s memoir In The Chronology of Water Lidia Yuknavitch expertly moves the reader through issues of gender sexuality violence and the family from the point of view of a lifelo
  • Title: The Chronology of Water
  • Author: Lidia Yuknavitch
  • ISBN: 9780979018831
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Chronology of Water
    This is not your mother s memoir In The Chronology of Water, Lidia Yuknavitch expertly moves the reader through issues of gender, sexuality, violence, and the family from the point of view of a lifelong swimmer turned artist In writing that explores the nature of memoir itself, her story traces the effect of extreme grief on a young woman s developing sexuality that someThis is not your mother s memoir In The Chronology of Water, Lidia Yuknavitch expertly moves the reader through issues of gender, sexuality, violence, and the family from the point of view of a lifelong swimmer turned artist In writing that explores the nature of memoir itself, her story traces the effect of extreme grief on a young woman s developing sexuality that some define as untraditional because of her attraction to both men and women Her emergence as a writer evolves at the same time and takes the narrator on a journey of addiction, self destruction, and ultimately survival that finally comes in the shape of love and motherhood.
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  • Lidia Yuknavitch

    Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the National Bestselling novels The Book of Joan and The Small Backs of Children, winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Award s Ken Kesey Award for Fiction as well as the Reader s Choice Award, and the novel Dora A Headcase, Her widely acclaimed memoir The Chronology of Water was a finalist for a PEN Center USA award for creative nonfiction and winner of a PNBA Award and the Oregon Book Award Reader s Choice Her nonfiction book based on her TED Talk, The Misfit s Manifesto, is forthcoming from TED Books.She founded the workshop series Corporeal Writing in Portland Oregon, where she teaches both in person and online She received her doctorate in Literature from the University of Oregon She lives in Oregon with her husband Andy Mingo and their renaissance man son, Miles She is a very good swimmer.

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  • I am sitting here in a dazed stupor, sleep deprived and my head buzzing with the tinnitus that comes with insomnia I couldn t put this fucking book down I don t know if I have connected with a book like I did this one since the days when I discovered Winterson I devoured this book I m still not full, I want I read it in 50 page chunks without noticing the passing of time 1am, 3am It was less than ten degrees and yet I couldn t move to fetch another blanket I paused at 5.30 this morning to cut u [...]


  • I am in awe with this work of art I do not know how to find the words to adequately explain why I loved this so much How about this Lidia Yuknavitch is unflinchingly honest her destructive tendencies, her flaws, mistakes, triumphs, loves are laid bare for the world to see Her command of language is mesmerizing I could feel every emotion possible while reading She is a hero But also highly unpleasant.Earlier this year I reviewed Hunger A Memoir of My Body by the amazing Roxane Gay that book set t [...]


  • Call me old fashioned , conservative , whatever, but this was a very irritating book Yes, I m sure some of what she wrote was meant to be vexing and maybe even irritating, but it was just too much for me For one thing, I don t like the whole psychological attitude of I had a rough childhood and that was my excuse for ruining the next few decades of my life Sorry, it just comes off as whiny and immature, when there are so many others who, in the face of adversity, can rise above it in a vastly r [...]


  • Incredible read I have never read writing that is beautiful, poetic, and profound It is so rich, with words used in ways I have never seen or felt as deeply This is a memoir that deals a lot with grief and sexual abuse Sexual abuse that leads to severe overemphasis of the body Lidia Yuknavitch s abuse at the hand of her father leads her down a path of extreme sexualization of her body At times I did not know if I could read any further as the sex was so descriptive, so evocative, and massively [...]


  • The Chronology of Water is stunning I read it in three hours, ignoring everything It is a book that literally cannot be put down I can t think straight to talk about it the book is so good so just read it already.


  • Sometimes when something is so great, you don t dare try to touch it You don t want to leave the clouds and come back down to reality, chop it up into little word pieces and throw them together to make a confined review It just doesn t feel right It threatens to take the magic away.But I must come back to earth and try to describe what I felt about this book, just so I can spread the word Many parts of her story read like a long prose poem, with amazing cadence and an ability to suck you in It s [...]


  • this memoir is larger than life lidia yuknavitch is larger than life she is smart, funny, talented in about a thousand ways she thinks the only thing she does well is swim but of course that s ridiculous , and a barrelfull of life she s got so much life in her, she had to use gargantuan amounts of booze, drugs, and sex to put it all to sleep and still, she didn t manage as a writer, she might annoy you some of the things she says here annoyed me i got annoyed when she wholesale dissed n ditched [...]


  • Have you ever met a drunk before What about someone who likes drugs What about someone who screws anything on two legs What about someone who is all three of these things and thinks this makes them REMARKABLY fascinating, edgy, and exotic Now add a heaping helping of unhappy childhood, a sprinkling of ex husbands, some chlorinated pool water, some celebrity name dropping, the most uninspired introduction imaginable, and regurgitate it all back up in a writing style which is wannabe Burroughs and [...]


  • I do not know what to say about the category of memoirs in which the writing resume is included as story I do not know what to say about memoirs which treat the relationships of their lives so coldly, throwing up the one side of the story like angry paint on a wall Lidia graffitis her life story all over the lives of those she s known, and I am not sure whether I want never to have known her or to wish that I had Edited I know her, now, and I feel differently.Lidia, indeed, can write, and some o [...]


  • It is so fitting that the original cover of this book, which you see depicted here, arrives from the library marred by a plain, gray wrapper around the offensive bit you know, a woman s bare breast It is metaphor come to life for Lidia Yuknavitch s searing memoir, The Chronology of Water hide and deny what is most natural, until it becomes a thing of shame Yet it would seem that Lidia Yuknavitch hides nothing The Chronology of Water is ripe with shock jock language and imagery It is angry and lu [...]


  • This book is much too pretentious for its own good I mean, if you like reading bullshit like I may have been crap at making a home and family, but I succeeded at building a wordhouse or countless references to how we re all water and how often the author wet her pants as a child and how everything smells like urine oh my god my dead baby my dead baby return to the water what is punctuation maybe if I wasn t so obsessed with piss I would learn about periods and how they are supposed to occur at [...]


  • This book is holy It is the closest thing to a bible I have found I starred so many quotes in it that I might as well have just put a giant star over the whole book Read it Even if you do not carry around girl rage, or daughter rage, or destruction as method of salvation Read it if you are human, if you have a heartbeat and if sometimes that heartbeat threatens to burst right out of your chest, if you feel love, hate, desperation if you feel Please, just read it I wish I could give a copy to eve [...]


  • The biggest change for me in turning 30 is that I ve become a huge weeping pussy bitch.I m sorry I don t mean to use those words, and I don t mean to use them like that It s just that when I think about the way I am, when the talk is all inside, the junior high boy in me tries to take over a little bit Adult me knows these words aren t really supposed to be used like this But the best adult me can do when the junior high boy is really raging is to at least pare the word pusshole down to pussy I [...]


  • Excess Ain t Rebellion, You re Drinking What They re Selling This book has an exceptional amount of hype surrounding it Having supposedly created a new category labeled Anti Memoir, I had some reasonably high expectations for this work If you take any kind of creative writing classes, or study literature at the college level you will already be familiar with the push toward legitimizing creative non fiction memoirs On a fundamental level I m not really interested in that debate If someone s writ [...]


  • This memoir sat on my shelf for at least year, a gift I somehow thought was about competitive swimming sports being my least favorite subject But when I heard Yuknavitch read in Los Angeles, I realized that hers was one of the strongest literary voices I have ever heard, anywhere, at any time I came right home and plunged in I can t believe I let this mind blowing book sit when I could have been having my life changed Not in the self helpy way, but in the way that great writing, ferocious writin [...]


  • This was such a painful but lovely memoir Lidia Yuknavitch has a way with words and I found myself mesmerized by this book So raw and emotional Beautiful and sorrowful and just everything Very raw so it s not for everyone but if you can handle it, it s so good Here are some of the great lines that might give you a sense of her voice which is amazing So yes I know how angry, or naive, or self destructive, or messed up, or even deluded I sound weaving my way through these life stories at times But [...]


  • As been noted in other reviews, this one is an emotional wrecking ball You ll cry at the beginning, a few times in the middle, and for sure at the end Many of the chapters could and do serve as their own little essay worlds And like her fiction, Lid can get all spazzy, verbose, and out of control with her nonfiction too But it wouldn t quite be the same if she wasn t all of that The greatest thing about this book, which can feel like a squishy beating heart in your hands at times, is that she un [...]


  • This review was originally published at The Nervous Breakdown Given a choice between grief and nothing, I choose grief William FaulknerI wasn t prepared for this memoir, this baptism by fire that Lidia Yuknavitch pours out onto the pages of The Chronology of Water Hawthorne Books I was aware of the controversy about the exposed breast on the cover, the grey band of paper wrapped around the book to appease those who can t stand to see such obscenity I was lured in by the glowing testimonials of a [...]


  • My friend Heather mailed me this book She said she didn t particularly like it, but she also couldn t get it out of her head, so she wanted me to read it so we could talk about it As with every other memoir of substance abuse mental illness familial abuse I ve read, this one left me feeling conflicted What does it mean to despise a memoirist Am I erasing their story because it doesn t conform to my expectations By looking down on their stories, am I reinforcing the idea that there s only one tru [...]


  • My reason I m rating this memoir 3.5 stars is because 1 The title of this book fits the writing style Parts powerful and beautiful Lovely water human connection symbolism 2 I especially resonated with metaphors associate with WATER There are many ways to drown Knee deep in the water of our lives In water, like in books, you can leave your life As for the entire of this memoir I might have enjoyed it if I was 19 or 20 years old Lidia claims to be a weird , an edgy, writer I agree I admire fearle [...]


  • I m completely torn about this book In so many ways I loved it her writing is magnificent it s that rare prose that completely captivates and makes its own rules She creates her own language to describe her life and the result is artistic, beautiful, original Beyond that, while I found her to be one of the strangest people I ve ever had the pleasure of reading about, I could really identify with her love of swimming and her passion for the written word That is to say, despite all the strangeness [...]


  • I wanted to like this book, and I tried hard to do so, but I couldn t find anything relatable I often have that problem with stories about middle upper class white folks Her blase attitude about drunkenly hitting a 5 tall brown skinned pregnant woman was one example of the self centeredness that made this story just blur for me She also seems to be trying so hard to be shocking, but instead of shocked I was un invested and found her story rather predictable At one point she goes on about how ano [...]


  • I expected so much from this book despite the mixed reviews I had been hearing from those around me This is the first time I have had to give a book one star, and I gave it to my own teacher This is also the first book I have ever really considered not finishing.It may be this new edgy is cool movement that made this book blow up, but I have to tell youI am not feeling it And not because I just can t understand the deeper meaning or appreciate the pain and struggle happening here My issues have [...]


  • When I read a book, I stick little Post it notes at the top of a page so that when I find something particularly smart, poignant or noteworthy I can find my way back By page 100 of the memoir, The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch, I realized that almost every page had a Post it, so I gave up It s that smart and that poignant and that good Yuknavitch uses the running theme of water to look back at her life from Olympic swimming hopeful, to winning a college swimming scholarship, to her fat [...]


  • It s very hard for me to review this book without being mean and hateful I don t like the emotions I felt reading this, and I m trying to be fair I will say that people will either love or hate this author s voice Personally, I hated it It made me nauseous I guess it s supposed to be experimental To have on purpose typos, misspelled words, made up words, no punctuation, run on sentences, repetition of trite phrases like nothing nothing nothing and straight no chaser There is also the pretentious [...]


  • Sitting on my couch Listening to noninvasive, lyric less music with headphones Reading Lidia Yuknavitch s memoir The Chronology of Water I stop Check the time Two hours have passed since I last came up for air Whoa She just drugged me Plopped me in front of a psychedelic screen saver and had her way with my brain when I wasn t looking.My friend sent me an email first telling me that she d had a dream that she told me we don t like the same books We don t in real life, this is true, she acknowled [...]


  • Water is an unstoppable force Given any obstacle, the sheer force of water will cut its way through or ignore the obstacle entirely and force its own way around This is not a possibility, but an inevitability Nothing withstands water s power.I found this interesting, given that water is a focal theme in Lidia Yuknavitch s The Chronology of Water, as Yuknavitch s prose has that same power The very first line of the book reads THE DAY MY DAUGHTER WAS STILLBORN, AFTER I HELD the future pink and ros [...]


  • This raw memoir should be read slowly, and with alcohol or psychoactive drugs at hand Reading about Yuknavitch s insights regarding her experiences as an abused child, alcoholic, competitive swimmer, frightened daughter, academic, mother, drunk driver and countless other identities that she slips in and out of is exhausting Exhausting and rewarding Discovery of self and the process of beginning to humanize herself and her dysfunctional family are common themes not explicitly described but visite [...]


  • out freaking standing i want to read every word this woman has ever written exhibit 1 I fought like a woman whose father had betrayed her and whose mother abandoned her.exhibit 2 I didn t know yet tha tdesire comes and goes whenever it wants I didn t know yet that sexuality is an entire continents I didn t know yet how many times a person can be born exhibit 3 You see it is important to understand how damaged people don t always know how to say yes, or to choose the big thing, even when it is ri [...]


  • There are many stories about women who survive abuse as children, stagger through addictions and darkness, and eventually find their way to a life with measured happiness I generally like this genre because I like stories of resilience The Chronology of Water is an interesting contribution because of the raw, funky, unapologetic style with which it is written Lidia Yuknavitch s writing style can aptly be described as what happens when you drink deeply from the Write like a motherfucker coffee mu [...]


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