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Book Title: The Center of the Universe|
The author of the book: Nancy Bachrach
ISBN 13: 9780307270900
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 441 KB
Edition: Alfred A. Knopf
Date of issue: April 28th 2009
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Nancy Bachrach is living in Paris, selling deodorant to the French, when a freak accident kills her father aboard his cabin cruiser, the aptly dubbed Mr. Fix It, in her incongruously named hometown of Providence. Her mother, Lola, the self-proclaimed “center of the universe,” whose medical history reads like the chapter headings of a psychiatric manual, lies in a coma “on death’s waiting list.” Nancy rushes home and sits by her mother’s ventilator—thinking about Sunny von Bülow and eyeing the plug. Thus begins a family reunion with her brother, Ben (a piano prodigy and eventual surgeon who was born with three thumbs), and sister, Helen (the wild child, now an “abnormal psychologist”).
This is a dark, hilarious tale of genius, madness, ineptitude, collateral damage, and hope—with an ending that’s improbable, as only the truth can be. Aching and tender, unflinching and wry, The Center of the Universe is a multi generational mother-daughter story—a splendid, funny, lyrical book about family, truth, memory, and the resilience of love.
Read information about the authorTHE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE: A MEMOIR
"Bachrach is one of the funniest writers I've ever read, period. Make room on the shelf next to Sedaris, Eggers, Wilsey." --Alexandra Fuller.
"The Center of the Universe" is a mordantly funny memoir guaranteed to make you feel better if you think your family is crazy. The story is so improbable it could only be true: A brilliant woman with a long history of mental illness -- who once proclaimed herself to be the "the center of the universe" -- is miraculously cured by accidental carbon monoxide poisoning aboard the family boat, the aptly named Mr. Fix It. Nancy Bachrach warns readers, "Don't try this at home" in her darkly humorous memoir about "the second coming" of her mother, the irresistible Lola.
Aching and tender, unflinching and wry, The Center of the Universe is a multigenerational mother-daughter story—a splendid, funny, lyrical memoir about family, truth, and the resilience of love.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Nancy Bachrach worked in advertising in New York and Paris, spinning hot air like cotton candy, and the highlight of her career was selling the first deodorant to the French. Before that, she was a teaching assistant in the philosophy department at Brandeis University, where she was one chapter ahead of her class. She lives in New York City. This is her first book.
THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE was published by Alfred A. Knopf and Vintage.
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