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Sleeping Arrangements

by Laura Shaine Cunningham

rating: 4.5 (44 reviews)

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Harper Lee: “A beautiful story I shall cherish for years to come.” Critics raved:"A model memoir, funny and sad.." Michiko Kakutani, the New York Times.

Laura Shaine Cunningham’s memoir of being orphaned at age eight and raised by two bachelor uncles in the Bronx- “In the glow of Yankee Stadium Twi-Night doubleheaders”, has become one of the most beloved classics of contemporary autobiographical literature. Anne Tyler wrote:“Reads like a novel…You may find yourself sitting very quietly, mulling over the marvels of this truly wonderful book.” - The Baltimore Sun

When her single mother dies, her bachelor Uncles Len and Gabe step in- a wildly divergent pair- Uncle Len is a self-styled cross between Sam Spade and Abe Lincoln, who travels on “secret missions”, carrying only a manila envelope- while Uncle Gabe composes and belts out Jewish Gospel songs and proposes to every woman he meets… Len makes popcorn for breakfast and Gabe warps the wooden floor with bleach. Their lives taken on a similar odd angle- and then they are joined by the grandmother, Etka from Minsk who carries her own memoir “Philosophy for Women” and begins most sentences with “Plato and I believe…” To top it off, they get a cocker spaniel puppy who “isn’t a dog but a democrat.”

Excerpted in The New Yorker, presented at Selected Shorts, read by Linda Lavin, the book, published first by Alfred Knopf and then by Plume and Riverhead Books (Penguin Putnam), the book soon became a bestseller in the U.S. and was featured in The New York Times magazine, which ran several excerpts, including the popular Uncle Food, Bachelor Uncles, and a Hers column on being raised by men. Her column devoted to her single mother appeared in The New York Observer.

Laura may have been raised by two eccentric men who knew nothing about running a household but they knew how to love. Her family story is interwoven with her adventures with her little girl friends as they played forbidden games in the “Babylonian Bronx.

Jessica Mitford: “Absolutely delightful…a terrific treat!”

Muriel Spark: “A great pleasure…very interesting, moving and amusing.”

Chaim Potok: “Wise, sobering and witty.”

“Compassion and wit are a rare literary combination but Sleeping Arrangements is illuminated by both” - Los Angeles Times

“Cunningham transforms her “Bronx of the emotions” into the ‘Babylonian Bronx’, a world simmering with sex and death and intrigue…Sharp- witted and funny but never mean …"- Julie Salamon The Wall Street Journal.

“Comic, touching, delightful…the kind of book you buy multiple copies of to send to your mother and best friends…"- People

rank: #64,356
price: $9.99
bound: 176 pages
publisher: Memoir House (January 18, 2016)
lang: English
asin: B01AU0JUS2
filesize: 554 KB

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His old friend Gerard has lent them a luxury villa in Spain – perfectAn uneasy week of sharing begins, and tensions mount in the soaring heat‘That’s not fairAnd I’m baking’ He wiped the sweat elaborately from his brow with his T-shirt, exposing a tanned, skinny midriffHer partner, Philip, has troubles at work, and the whole family wants a breakThe only redeeming part of this book was the son Sam's relationship with the Jenna, the nannyIt wasn't too obvious, which was niceMaybe it was just the content, anything about lovers cheating I suppose is a little taboo, in my opinionJust for a week, I don’t even want to think about it.’ An aeroplane came into earshot overhead; although they were used to living on the flight path involuntarily they tilted their head back to look at it‘Right,’ she said again, trying to muster some professionalismIt was very enjoyable reading experience and I learned a lot from it even though I'm still young and I have to wait a while to get into to that kind of situationsGa lekker huilen in je kamertje boehoe je hebt de seks gehad met een persoon die dood is vanbinnen en alleen maar om zichzelf geeft.Daar geef je Philip voor op? Hij is een adorable knakker en vader die alleen even een paar moeilijke maanden heeft gehad omdat hij mogelijk ontslagen wordtwould never happen‘Goodbye, Mrs BridgesThe book seems to encourage affairs! "Go ahead, have the affair with your ex! You'll realize that your husband is better, but you'll still get your ex out of your system! (hide spoiler)] .more flag 2 likesLike see review 48a4f088c3
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Len and Gabe are kindly but eccentricThe goal is publication and our expert author/editors/advisers are all publishedIn the lobby, murals depict scenes of Dionysian excessUntil she is eight years old, Laura - or Lily, as she was in those days - is brought up by her motherMay 03, 2008 Heather rated it liked it Shelves: my-shelf-at-home These are characters that feel like SATC grown up
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