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The Center Of The Universe: A Memoir (2009)

by Nancy Bachrach(Favorite Author)
3.34 of 5 Votes: 5
0307270904 (ISBN13: 9780307270900)
Alfred A. Knopf
review 1: My mother gave me this book to read. Now that I've read it I wonder if it was a subtle way of telling me how lucky I am to not have had someone else's mother? The cover of this book threw out a similarity to writer David Sedaris, who I have often found side-splittingly funny. I cannot say the same of this author. I laughed exactly once while reading this. She was more Augusten Burroughs than Sedaris. I found the end of the book the best part. Without spoiling anything, I will just say I agree with her assessment of who the center of the universe is in that family. The book has its charms, and if you've never read another dysfunctional family memoir then this might be a real gem for you.
review 2: Nancy’s mom “Lola” has always been in the edge of sanity. A
... morell throughout Nancy’s life, “Lola” has been in and out of the electric chair – trying to get her shocked straight. Now, in her 50′s “Lola” has bigger problems. Her husband dies from carbon monoxide poisoning on their boat The Mr. Fix-It. That leaves “Lola” by herself, in a coma, with her grown children to take care of her. “Lola” wakes up, and like always, isn’t quite there. She doesn’t know how to change a light bulb when it burns out, she doesn’t understand that there is more milk in a container than can fit in her cup so it spills everywhere and she starts layering, but not in a good way. No one should ever wear 6+ pairs of panty hose at one time. Throughout the turn of events, Nancy finally feels like the daughter her mother never had. And miraculously, the mental instability seems to go as the carbon monoxide sets in.I got The Center of the Universe from the Kelley and Hall Company. I haven’t really read a lot of memoirs, I am normally a fiction kind of girl, but I really enjoyed this book. Honestly, I think the reason I enjoyed it so much was that it doesn’t seem like it could be a realistic story. I know my childhood was pretty cookie cutter, but I still have a hard time grasping how some people grew up. I just can’t fathom having a mother who routinely was shocked to try to get the crazy out.My grandmother had a stroke a year and a half ago, so I understand what Nancy and her siblings went through, trying to get their mother on the path to survival by herself. It’s definitely like starting over with a child, with high hopes that they’ll return to their old selves.This book gave me a number of emotions. At times, I felt bad for Nancy and her siblings for going through this with their mother, in childhood and adulthood, I shed a tear or two as they worked to get her back up to par, I laughed my butt of at some of “Lola’s” antics. This book covered it all, heartbreak, love, suffering and the calm after the storm.My dad works in the mental health field, so I am definitely going to pass this on to him (I get my reading obsession from him, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree). I think he’ll really enjoy it.I give The Center of The Universe 4 bookmarks. While I thoroughly enjoyed most of the book, there were times I caught myself skimming when it came to the medical terminology. I really wanted to understand it, it just didn’t sink in.Tags: Book Review, Books, kelley and hall company, memoir, nancy bachrach, reading, the center of the universe less
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Stopped this one about 1/2way through. Not super interesting. Not super great. Not super super.
Excellent and fascinating! I couldn't put this book down.
A very open, honest, and heartwarming story of real life.
This was a good read very interesting book.
Decent memoir. I'll give it a 4 out of 5.
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