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Reasons to Live By Amy Hempel Reasons to Live It is always earthquake weather in Amy Hempel s California a landscape where everything can change without warning Traditional resources home parents lovers friends even willpower are not dependa

  • Title: Reasons to Live
  • Author: Amy Hempel
  • ISBN: 9780060976729
  • Page: 134
  • Format: Paperback
  • Reasons to Live By Amy Hempel It is always earthquake weather in Amy Hempel s California, a landscape where everything can change without warning Traditional resources home, parents, lovers, friends, even willpower are not dependable And so the characters in these short, compelling stories have learned to depend on small triumphs of wit, irony, and spirit.A widow, surrounded by a small menagerie, cIt is always earthquake weather in Amy Hempel s California, a landscape where everything can change without warning Traditional resources home, parents, lovers, friends, even willpower are not dependable And so the characters in these short, compelling stories have learned to depend on small triumphs of wit, irony, and spirit.A widow, surrounded by a small menagerie, comes to terms with her veterinarian husband s death a young woman entertains her dying friend with trivia and reaffirms her own life in the aftermath of an abortion, a woman compulsively knits a complete wardrobe for a friend s baby Buffeted by rude shocks, thwarted by misconnections, the characters recognize that anything can finally become a reason to live.
    Reasons to Live By Amy Hempel

    Reasons To Live, Because You re Not At The End Of Your The opportunity to grow up, live life, travel, learn and become wise The beauty of someone saying they are there for you Even if they don t know how to help, a world in which people care about others enough to want to sit with them through their hard times is a beautiful world to live in. Reasons To Keep On Living Reasons to Keep on Living Sunrises and sunsets The sound of a baby s laugh Watching someone talk about something they re passionate about The first snowfall of the season The smell of artificial watermelon Fresh baked cookies Shooting stars Stepping on crunchy leaves Splashing in puddles Traveling the world. Reasons To Live Suicide Prevention Reasons To Live is here to provide you with a way out of suicide You are loved The world needs you here We are here to help you live a fulfilling life. powerful reasons to live when it s impossible to go on It s your reason to live, the fire in your soul, and without it, you have no idea what to do with yourself And one day, it might actually happen You lose the one thing you devoted your life to, that one thing that keeps you going, and immediately, everything starts to fall apart. Reasons Why to Live Psychology Today To live is to discover something about ourselves of which we were not aware To live is to look at ourselves in the mirror and discover a message of love in our own eyes To live is to allow

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    1. BillKerwin on said:

      A very good book of short stories The shorter pieces are spare and elliptical sort of like Raymond Carver, but without the self destructive power But the better longer pieces Nashville Gone to Ashes, In The Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried, Today Will Be a Quiet Day are very fine In their classical, restrained, deeply human way they remind me of Tillie Olsen at her best and that is high praise indeed.

    2. K.D. Absolutely on said:

      I read somewhere that if you want to become a good writer, read Amy Hempel.The reason is that she is not only a minimalist but also because she is an intelligent short story writer This is true I don t have a plan to write because I am still busy with my corporate career Maybe someday, who knows Right now though, I am reading because I enjoy knowing the lives of other people, the situations they are into and I appreciate good writing styles Seeing different techniques in writing, you know, the p [...]

    3. Douglas on said:

      The Wall Street Journal said of this, One of the delights of these stories is that they approach the usual cliches of real life and fiction at an unexpected oblique angel I couldn t say it better if I tried There s so many reasons to live, but Hempel reminds you of one major one, which is to read work like this.

    4. Colin McKay Miller on said:

      If you ve been keeping track of my reviews thus far, you know I don t rate very highly, but Amy Hempel s Reasons to Live is the standard to which all other fiction books must rise Long before Chuck Palahniuk s frenzied fan base or the New York Times 2006 Book of the Year Award drove her collected stories to mass acclaim, I was graced to read Hempel s widely anthologized In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried in late 1998 It s a story about a woman visiting her terminally ill friend in hospita [...]

    5. Ryan Faulkner on said:

      okay, jesus how do you even start to tackle the subject of amy hempel i ll make a list of things that make this book better than anything that will ever make it into the top ten of the bestseller lists 1 minimalist or miniaturist, if you ask hempel writing style that is unique and moves at a rapid clip 2 emotional displacement 3 subtlety that last one is particularly important, since i think one of the difficult challenges any writer faces when wanting to express a complex emotion is how to do [...]

    6. Chantal on said:

      Death and tragedy haunt the short, short stories in Amy Hempel s first story collection Reasons to Live 1985 like empty chairs at the table And there is no steak, no potatoes, nor substantial courses atop Hempel s literary table Instead the reader is treated to tapas bite size delicacies of exquisite flavors a literary lunch that only a truly talented minimalist or miniaturist writer could cook up successfully And underneath the table a dog or two lay near the diners feet, ready to catch any fal [...]

    7. Sabra Embury on said:

      I feel like an idiot for not appreciating Amy Hempel s Reasons to Live as much as expected to But I really thought a few of the stories in this collection were great Especially Nashville Gone to Ashes and Beg, Sl Tog, Inc, Cont, Rep Hempel s writing is feminine in a way that s it s not flowery, or extremely passive, but of feminine things like knitting, laundry and being a wife I have to admit that stories with a few unpredictable twists of structure, which are of no consequence otherwise, are a [...]

    8. Steven on said:

      As with Carver, Hempel is only a minimalist when read shallowly and with certain misperceptions in mind about what detail consists of, and, most probably, already bent on affixing reductive labels on writers rather that appreciating their essence It doesn t surprise me that she is popular now than when this collection first came out The quirky juxtapositions, the stand up comic lines, and the staggering emotions under the surface that are suppressed in words but not affect, all seem so now, whi [...]

    9. Kate on said:

      uuuggggghhhhhhhhhMy heart hurts This is actually the first section of her collected stories, so I m still reading But this really took me by surprise and like Lindsay said, made me feel like I got hit by a truck It s harder for me to read and hear stories about parents and children, or would be children, now that I have kids It just puts my heart through the wringer in a way that I m not really equipped for any I m too busy to feel this much My heart is too full to be flooded like this But here [...]

    10. Ray on said:

      Especially enjoyed Celia Is Back , Nashville Gone To Ashes , Going , The Man In Bogota , Today Will Be a Quiet Day.Memorable passage which concludes the story, Going I like a woman in my room at night The night nurse smells like a Christmas candle After she leaves the room, for a short time the room is like when she was here She is not here, but the idea of her is It s not the same but it makes me think of the night my mother died Three states away, the smell in my room was the smell of the powd [...]

    11. Renee on said:

      Well I don t think I got it This book had been recommended to me by numerous classmates and professors I kept hearing how great Amy Hempel is, and she is great to some people of course The stories in this collection are short which I do like , usually first person, rarely name characters, and bounce around from action to memories I guess you could call them slices of life They don t have plots, so the stories just meander around vague situations and characters.I liked a few maybe 3 of them okay, [...]

    12. Kirsten on said:

      The pieces in this collection are often so short that they veer towards gestural sketches Rarely do we know things about Hempel s characters such as name, age, and sometimes even gender beyond a reasonable guess However, the writing is so taut that these stories hum with energy and often build to a blow like ending, painful and revelatory While a few lines of dialogue come across as preciously precocious, these stories dazzle with their humor as well Particular favorites were In the Cemetery Whe [...]

    13. warmdesertwinds on said:

      Amy Hempel is why I want to write She makes an art out of this botched and awkward language known as English And even the most juvenile speaker of our language can appreciate the poetry of her style The woman must spend hours scrutinizing every single word that she puts in a sentence And for good reason Her writing is simply flawless She is a master in creating atmosphere She paints moments in time better than a dream can I ll forever aspire to create images like Amy Hempel can So much can be sa [...]

    14. Steve mitchell on said:

      Funny and some detailed impressions on seemingly rudimentary daily items, but something was missing for me I never got any moral from any story, except the one about the gal visiting the other gal in hospital, that one I really liked, and the monkey stories were grand All together though I cant believe this is on the 1001 books to read before you die, but I am an insensitive guy so there is always that reason for missing the main point.

    15. Jamie on said:

      The Great Tonight is a Favor to Holly Nashville Gone to Ashes In the Cemetery Beg, Sl Tog, Inc, Cont, Rep Pool Night Three Popes The Pretty Darn Good When It s Human Today Will Be a Quiet Day The Forgettable the restI m not entirely sure what this tells you about a short fiction collection comprised of fifteen stories ranging from one page to no than twelve or thirteen in length I can say that the six stories I listed above as great are almost certainly worth the price of admission, though For [...]

    16. Eraserhead on said:

      Some brilliant stories, and some that suffered from Hempel s clipped style Hempel s one fault is that her stories come across formulaic and overly constructed The thoughts and sentences are beautiful, but it never feels like a real world in the way of, say, Carver Instead it feels like I m reading the fiction of a very clever 30 year old I guess my point is that the stories FEEL like stories, all written by the same woman In fact, a few of the most acclaimed stories in the collection San Francis [...]

    17. Brian on said:

      Fellow Amy Hempel crushing fanboy Chuck Palahniuk writes in his essay Not Chasing Amy , I once gave At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom Stories to a friend and said, If you don t love this, we have nothing in common Hempel has that effect on her readers you don t come away from her stories having read them you walk away a snarling, gauntlet throwing, lit beast.Hempel s minimalist style feels anything but her sentences are so packed with meaning and nuance It isn t uncommon for additional insight [...]

    18. Robert Blumenthal on said:

      This is Amy Hempel s first book of short stories, and it is a strange but powerful group of stories They range from a single page to 12 pages or so, and they are unique and quite creative The language is stark and somewhat non sequitur at times The stories can be a bit hard to decipher, but there are emotional wallops that are amazing I particularly loved the story about the narrator s best friend dying from cancer It had one of the most profoundly beautiful endings I have read A few of the stor [...]

    19. Stacy on said:

      I was not prepared for Hempel the first time I picked up this collection from the library several years ago Now I am and I was pretty much floored with every story, how she s able to encapsulate so much so economically, but not feel prosaic or forced These stories just are, with all the multiple interpretations and manifestations the reader can project onto them They are thematically strung together as well and fit so well together in the collection The Man in Bogota is perhaps the most perfect, [...]

    20. Nicki Hill on said:

      i love short stories and i love how one can read them with such ease these stories were darker then i had anticipated and it took me longer to read i was sad reading them with the exception of the last story about a father the reason to live in these stories always seemed to be about death the juxtaposition between life and death and the choices people make in order to live or to die whether that be in the form of an abortion, succumbing to a house fire or illness a great book, probably like 3 [...]

    21. James Noonan on said:

      Anything short of five stars seemed inadequate Beautiful, reductive, minimalist, economical, haunting, compelling these works of, essentially, micro fiction some stories are a page or two in length brim with feeling and pathos and probably should not be read from start to finish in a single sitting, as I couldn t help but do, but instead savored, bit by bit, while remembering to come up for air Floored me.

    22. Steve Kettmann on said:

      The stories toward the end started to resonate with me, but in general I found myself recoiling a little from what felt to me like mannered and gimmicky story telling I know Hempel is widely admired and I m not eager to check in with a dissenting opinion, but as a matter of personal taste, I don t react well to what feels like look at me writing If that makes me cool to experimental writing, that s probably a factor in Hempel not being one of my favorites.

    23. Ms. Kamerow on said:

      I read Reasons to Live on an airplane in what seemed like no time at all This collection includes some of Hempel s most celebrated stories including In the Cemetery where Al Jolson is Buried While I think some of her later stories are stronger, all of the stories in this collection do showcase her careful sentence construction Even the shortest story leaves a real emotional imprint on your mind.

    24. Nancy on said:

      The stories are brief and the language clear, so you would think this would be a quick read But you ll want to make it last a week, so you can learn to breathe like this There is some well of generousity here all the characters feel forgiven Not Gratuitously Some stories were like poems playing off one key metaphor Others reminded me of improv, and how you might start a scene with one what if and build it by believing it, and then keep it going by believing it elaborately.

    25. Travelling Sunny on said:

      I didn t want to like this book All these short, seemingly unfinished stories but, I did I liked it It filled my chest with that anxious, grieving, dreadful feeling And, the characters made me laugh in spite of that.One example A character that let her friend take the first sip of her Tab so HE would be the person getting that one calorie.

    26. Işıl on said:

      4.5 stars Since I m doing a paper on the Harvest I thought it d be good to go through other short stories of Hempel The book altogether is difficult to put down but that doesn t mean there wasn t anything saggy Not each story is a Harvest but your eyes get to feast on the best kind of the minimalist literature Very roots of Palahniuk s creativity.

    27. Rachel Drew on said:

      I read In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried at some point in college or graduate school and thought it was great, but for some reason I didn t buy and finish this collection This is the kind of book that makes me want to be a short story writer forever, no novels, no poetry, just these perfect stories Plus, the narrators all like dogs.

    28. Charles on said:

      a couple perfect stories, and some forgettable ones worth reading.

    29. Shannon on said:

      I m giving this five stars solely for the story not that the rest weren t good In the cemetary where Al Jolson is buried That story blew my mind.

    30. Cynthia on said:

      Large or small, human or animal, there s always a hope and a reason to live.

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