Swimming in Circles is Better Than Drowning PDF download by Leanne Garrett Flanagan

Swimming in Circles is Better Than Drowning

Publication date: August 2011
ISBN: 9781463404239
Digital Book format: PDF (DRM-Free)


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Swiimming in Circles Is Better Than Drowning chronicles the story of a less-than graceful, tragicomic transformation from privileged daughter of her ""perfect"" 1950's family to middle-aged wife, mother and daughter. This book will engage you from the beginning by revealing rmemories. from childhood and adolescence,wriitten about in ""Fitting In,"" ""My 15 Minutes of Fame"" and ""The Train Station."" The author's marriage and family life is portrayed in ""None Other Than Motherhood"" and ""The Other Side of the Waiting Room"". Midlife substance abuse interrupts the good life where the works turn intense and deeply emotional with ""Circling the Drain"" and ""To and Fro."" Our heroine begins her recomvery from her desolation with a lot of help, hence the poem, ""Celebration."" More of her humerous side is shown in a witty, tongue-in-cheek observation, ""The Virgin Commute."" Regained spirit and hope are evident in final chapters with ""Increasing Fits of Happiness"" and her ending, ""My Obit."" This book can offer solace and hope to some who have suffered or are still suffering from alcohol abuse and/or depression. Anyone who has lived with or has known the pain of watching one who lives an abusive lifestyle will relate to this story. They may also gain a better understanding of how we think and survive by planning every move around our addictions. In an imaginative memoir style, the mingling of light and serious essays along with a few poems provokes reflections, a few chuckles and maybe a few fond memories for the reader. Lee says, "" I have dogpaddled through the deep end of life, but now I know it doesn't matter if don't get points for style. I am happy I am able to keep finally swim to shore and remain on solid ground--most of the time!""
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