A Room of One's Own Memoir Book Club

July's selection is You Could Make This Place Beautiful by Maggie Smith

In her memoir You Could Make This Place Beautiful, poet Maggie Smith explores the disintegration of her marriage and her renewed commitment to herself. The book begins with one woman's personal heartbreak, but its circles widen into a reckoning with contemporary womanhood, traditional gender roles, and the power dynamics that persist even in many progressive homes. With the spirit of self-inquiry and empathy she's known for, Smith interweaves snapshots of a life with meditations on secrets, anger, forgiveness, and narrative itself. The power of these pieces is cumulative: page after page, they build into a larger interrogation of family, work, and patriarchy.

You Could Make This Place Beautiful, like the work of Deborah Levy, Rachel Cusk, and Gina Frangello, is an unflinching look at what it means to live and write our own lives. It is a story about a mother's fierce and constant love for her children, and a woman's love and regard for herself. Above all, this memoir is "extraordinary" (Ann Patchett) in the way that it reveals how, in the aftermath of loss, we can discover our power and make something new and beautiful.



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Event date: 

Thursday, July 11, 2024 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

9 N. 6th Street
Redlands, CA 92373-5258
You Could Make This Place Beautiful: A Memoir By Maggie Smith Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781982185862
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria/One Signal Publishers - June 4th, 2024