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You could make this place beautiful : a memoir / Maggie Smith.


"Life, like a poem, is a series of choices." In her memoir You Could Make This Place Beautiful, poet Maggie Smith explores the disintegration of her marriage and her renewed commitment to herself in lyrical vignettes that shine, hard and clear as jewels. The book begins with one woman's personal, particular 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 an argument for possibility. With a poet's attention to language and an innovative approach to the genre, Smith reveals how, in the aftermath of loss, we can discover our power and make something new. Something beautiful.-- Amazon.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781982185855
  • ISBN: 1982185856
  • Physical Description: 313 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First One Signal Publishers/Atria Books hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : One Signal Publishers/Atria, 2023.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 312-313).
Subject: Smith, Maggie, 1977- > Divorce.
Women poets, American > 21st century > Biography.
Divorced women > United States > Biography.
Self-actualization (Psychology) in women.
Genre: Autobiographies.

Available copies

  • 22 of 47 copies available at NC Cardinal.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Fontana Regional Library. (Show)


  • 6 current holds with 47 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Hudson (Fontana) Bio & Memoir SMITH (Text) 39493109933889 Adult Biography Available -
Jackson County Public Library 306.89 S (Text) 39493109463390 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Albemarle Main Library B Smith (Text) 31010000819393 Adult New Biography Checked out 09/18/2023
Andrews Public Library B SMITH (Text) 80605003670758 Adult Biography Available -
Ashe County Public Library OA12723 (Text) 50503-5855 On Order On order -
Black Mountain Library 306.89309 SMI (Text) 0020513550515 Adult Nonfiction Checked out 12/28/2023
Bordeaux Library B SMITH (Text) 31781067591352 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Braswell Memorial Main Library B SMITH (Text) 37807000053309 Adult Biography In transit -
Cleveland County Main Library B SMITH (Text) 22281500154392 Adult Nonfiction Checked out 12/29/2023
Cumberland Headquarters B SMITH (Text) 31781067591360 Adult Nonfiction Available -