Dancing Fish and Ammonites

Dancing Fish and Ammonites

A Memoir

Book - 2014
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"The beloved and bestselling author takes an intimate look back at a life of reading and writing. "The memory that we live with is the moth-eaten version of our own past that each of us carries around, depends on. It is our ID; this is how we know who we are and where we have been." Memory and history have been Penelope Lively's terrain in fiction over a career that has spanned five decades. But she has only rarely given readers a glimpse into her influences and formative years. Dancing Fish and Ammonites traces the arc of Lively's life, stretching from her early childhood in Cairo to boarding school in England to the sweeping social changes of Britain's twentieth century. She reflects on her early love of archeology, the fragments of the ancients that have accompanied her journey-including a sherd of Egyptian ceramic depicting dancing fish and ammonites found years ago on a Dorset beach. She also writes insightfully about aging and what life looks like from where she now stands"--
Publisher: New York :, Viking,, 2014
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780670016556
Branch Call Number: 921 L784
Characteristics: 234 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Ammonites and leaping fish


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Apr 02, 2018

As we, the baby boomers, age we become more and more interested in how to live our lives. Lively thinks long and hard about this and has much to offer us as she muses her way through how it is to grow older. Books like this are perfect to keep by your bedside, to pick up and read a few pages, put down and think about what it is sh has passed on to the reader.

Please, please, can the library hold up her writing as a standard and keep adding books of this quality. I am very tired of the 'crap' that passes for books/literature in the collection of YPRL.

Jan 23, 2016

I always like to read about how an author has lived their own life and how they have been able to draw from that to produce the fiction they create. Ms. Lively did lead an interesting life and her telling it from her own perspective was worth reading.

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