The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait

The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait

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The renowned biographer’s unforgettable portrait of a family in ruins—his own. Meet the Baileys: Burck, a prosperous lawyer once voted the American Legion’s “Citizen of the Year” in his tiny hometown of Vinita, Oklahoma; his wife Marlies, who longs to recapture her festive life in Greenwich Village as a pretty young German immigrant, fresh off the boat; their addled son Scott, who repeatedly crashes the family Porsche; and Blake, the younger son, trying… (more)

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Blake Bailey’s remarkable memoir, The Splendid Things We Planned: A Family Portrait, is a reminder that the best books (fiction or otherwise) impart a sense of shared experience, and to read them is to participate in humanity, not retreat from it.

There is humility in Bailey's willingness to accept culpability without dominating the stage with his guilt, and humility in his willingness to let other perspectives conflict with his own.

The takeaway from this vivid, tender book is that it can be as valuable for a reader to know a biographer as it is for a biographer to know his or her subject.

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Book Details  


Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (February 26, 2014)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 288 pages

File size: 694 KB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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