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You could make this place beautiful : a memoir

Smith, Maggie 1977- (author.).

Summary: "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.--

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  • ISBN: 1982185856
  • ISBN: 9781982185855
  • 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: Biographies.

Available copies

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


  • 6 current holds with 47 total copies.
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Hudson (Fontana) Bio & Memoir SMITH (Text) 39493109933889 Adult Biography Available -
Jackson County Public Library 306.89 S (Text) 39493109463390 Adult Nonfiction Available -

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