Welcome Home

Welcome Home A compilation of sketches photographs and letters Welcome Home is an essential nonfiction companion to the stories by Lucia Berlin Before Lucia Berlin died she was working on a book of prev

  • Title: Welcome Home
  • Author: Lucia Berlin
  • ISBN: 0374287597
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A compilation of sketches, photographs, and letters, Welcome Home is an essential nonfiction companion to the stories by Lucia Berlin.Before Lucia Berlin died, she was working on a book of previously unpublished autobiographical sketches called Welcome Home The work consisted of than twenty chapters that started in 1936 in Alaska and ended prematurely in 1966 in so A compilation of sketches, photographs, and letters, Welcome Home is an essential nonfiction companion to the stories by Lucia Berlin.Before Lucia Berlin died, she was working on a book of previously unpublished autobiographical sketches called Welcome Home The work consisted of than twenty chapters that started in 1936 in Alaska and ended prematurely in 1966 in southern Mexico In our publication of Welcome Home, her son Jeff Berlin is filling in the gaps with photos and letters from her eventful, romantic, and tragic life.From Alaska to Argentina, Kentucky to Mexico, New York City to Chile, Berlin s world was wide And the writing here is, as we ve come to expect, dazzling She describes the places she lived and the people she knew with all the style and wit and heart and humor that readers fell in love with in her stories Combined with letters from and photos of friends and lovers, Welcome Home is an essential nonfiction companion to A Manual for Cleaning Women and Evening in Paradise Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 162 pages Published November 6th 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux first published November 1st 2018 More Details ISBN 0374287597 ISBN13 9780374287597 Edition Language English Other Editions 10 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Welcome Home, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Best Literature of 2018 139 books 32 voters 2018 Non male Non Fiction 282 books 133 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Nov 18, 2018 Jon athan Nakapalau rated it it was amazing Shelves autobiography, cultural studies, favorites, photography, travel This was such a wonderful examination of a life that ebbed with vitality and creative curiosity Lucia Berlin marches to the beat of her own drum and never tries to blame where the marching takes her on anyone It is so rare to find such honesty and stoic acceptance of both the good and the bad to be able to observe yourself in the context of the here and now objectively The pictures add to the feeling that you are conversing with the author The second part of the book includes letters that This was such a wonderful examination of a life that ebbed with vitality and creative curiosity Lucia Berlin marches to the beat of her own drum and never tries to blame where the marching takes her on anyone It is so rare to find such honesty and stoic acceptance of both the good and the bad to be able to observe yourself in the context of the here and now objectively The pictures add to the feeling that you are conversing with the author The second part of the book includes letters that add even a deeper dimension to this unique writer Highly recommended flag 36 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Nov 15, 2018 Tara rated it really liked it If you re familiar with Lucia Berlin s short stories collected in A Manual for Cleaning Women this book will add a new perspective to familiar territory Half of the book is an unfinished memoir, taking us from the author s peripatetic childhood to marriage and motherhood in her bohemian mid thirties Family snapshots accompany the text The second half is made up of her wild, chatty letters covering the same period She would live for another forty years so part of her life still remains myst If you re familiar with Lucia Berlin s short stories collected in A Manual for Cleaning Women this book will add a new perspective to familiar territory Half of the book is an unfinished memoir, taking us from the author s peripatetic childhood to marriage and motherhood in her bohemian mid thirties Family snapshots accompany the text The second half is made up of her wild, chatty letters covering the same period She would live for another forty years so part of her life still remains mysterious, but what this book makes clear is that there was a very thin line between her life and art, and her stories fill in the gaps and then some flag 5 likesLike see review Aug 13, 2018 Kasa Cotugno rated it really liked it Shelves arc, genre biography memoir Welcome Home is an unfinished autobiography, which Lucia Berlin was working on but never had a chance to finish Much of this material is familiar to me since I recently read Evening in Paradise, a linked series of short stories, fictionalized accounts of her life which covered much of the same ground What Berlin did best was write about what she knew, and reading this in conjunction with her fantasized version of the same events, gives an original portrait of this fascinating woman who should Welcome Home is an unfinished autobiography, which Lucia Berlin was working on but never had a chance to finish Much of this material is familiar to me since I recently read Evening in Paradise, a linked series of short stories, fictionalized accounts of her life which covered much of the same ground What Berlin did best was write about what she knew, and reading this in conjunction with her fantasized version of the same events, gives an original portrait of this fascinating woman who should have had acclaim while alive This book with its loose structure shows remarkable retention of early years She was born in Juneau, Alaska, in 1936, and due to her father being a mining engineer, was moved around a lot After the war, the family spent several years in Santiago, Chile, in elegant surroundings, before her enrollment in the University of New Mexico Included here is a wealth of photographs, which along with these vignettes of her actual life, bring to life a person whose talent is finally getting the recognition it deserves Since she died before being able to complete this book, it would be too slight for publication, so the last half is padded out with personal letters provided by friends and family I must admit to a certain impatience with this form, which accounts for the less than 5 star rating Welcome Home will be published concurrently with Evening in Paradise on November 6, 2018 flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 27, 2018 Karen Auvinen rated it it was amazing Reading this book was like sitting with Lucia, who was my mentor, at her kitchen table in flat near the Boulder foothills The first half of the book impressions of the places she lived is beautifully rendered in Lucia s evocative, minimalist style I could hear her voice in the passages so funny and delicate and devilish Honestly, this book made me miss her all over again Lucia was a force of nature and lived a rich and tumultuous life as these pages testify The second half the letters Reading this book was like sitting with Lucia, who was my mentor, at her kitchen table in flat near the Boulder foothills The first half of the book impressions of the places she lived is beautifully rendered in Lucia s evocative, minimalist style I could hear her voice in the passages so funny and delicate and devilish Honestly, this book made me miss her all over again Lucia was a force of nature and lived a rich and tumultuous life as these pages testify The second half the letters are interesting because they reveal a Lucia who was uncertain and yearning for greatness and goodness and a place to stand, very different from the woman and writer and teacher she was later in life It s not, however, that the book is true never, in my mind, a reason to recommend anything but that it reveals a yearning for place, which I think is a distinctly American condition We are a country as D.H Lawrence says, bleeding at the roots and we can all share Lucia s wonder and disappointment in the geographic and emotional landscapes she and we inhabit flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 22, 2018 Spiros rated it really liked it Recommends it for those with an appreciation of fun house mirrors Shelves new, vacationreads More refractions, refractions on refractionsthe first half of this desperately thin tome is the beginnings of a memoir, in which Berlin sketches the places in which she has lived, ending on the road, in Chiapas, in the mid 1960 s Many of the passages are repeated word for word in her short stories The remainder of the book is a selection of her letters, mainly to Edward and Helene Dorn, which forms another narration, ingenuous and guarded, of some of the same materials The most honest More refractions, refractions on refractionsthe first half of this desperately thin tome is the beginnings of a memoir, in which Berlin sketches the places in which she has lived, ending on the road, in Chiapas, in the mid 1960 s Many of the passages are repeated word for word in her short stories The remainder of the book is a selection of her letters, mainly to Edward and Helene Dorn, which forms another narration, ingenuous and guarded, of some of the same materials The most honest accounts of her life seem to be in her short stories flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 16, 2018 Nameless rated it really liked it Shelves giveaways I received an advanced readers copy of this book as part of Giveaway Thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux for sending it my way It was a solid read I especially enjoyed the diary entries written by Lucia However, I do believe that a person who is familiar with Lucia s short stories would appreciate this book flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 22, 2018 Me rated it really liked it I was sent this book free of charge in return for an honest review This is a quick and interesting read even if you are not familiar with the work of Lucia Berlin She lived an unpredictable life for many years and this is reflected in her journals and letters I was fascinated with how her lifestyle changed from what appeared to be year to year This is also a historical perspective on different geographical locations and the culture of the times Quite a worthwhile read and the numerous photo I was sent this book free of charge in return for an honest review This is a quick and interesting read even if you are not familiar with the work of Lucia Berlin She lived an unpredictable life for many years and this is reflected in her journals and letters I was fascinated with how her lifestyle changed from what appeared to be year to year This is also a historical perspective on different geographical locations and the culture of the times Quite a worthwhile read and the numerous photos included only add to the appeal flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 25, 2019 Autumn rated it liked it It was a little too short, but so it goes flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Erin Duffey rated it really liked it Wow I knew nothing of Lucia before my friend stayed in bed for 3 hours, fell asleep and woke up to my ringing her doorbell Loved learning about her life before reading her stories Fantastic flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 28, 2018 Rebecca rated it really liked it Shelves giveaways, biography This little book was wonderful I am already a fan of Berlin s writing style, having read excerpts of her previous short story collections I will definitely be seeking out in the future This collection was a bit disjointed, but that is to be expected as it was published posthumously The inclusion of photographs made it that much special and personal Highly recommended for current and future Fans of Lucia Berlin flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 26, 2018 Amanda Bannister marked it as to read review of another edition Christmas present from my daughter flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 10, 2018 Emily rated it really liked it I received an advanced readers copy of this book as part of Giveaway.I hate to admit that this is the first Lucia Berlin book I ve read I can see why she s beloved Her narration had me feeling like I was sitting at her kitchen table while she puttered around the kitchen telling me stories from her life There was a sense that her life involved constantly looking for a home and never really finding satisfaction and yet remaining happy being unsettled I believe this is an unfinished w I received an advanced readers copy of this book as part of Giveaway.I hate to admit that this is the first Lucia Berlin book I ve read I can see why she s beloved Her narration had me feeling like I was sitting at her kitchen table while she puttered around the kitchen telling me stories from her life There was a sense that her life involved constantly looking for a home and never really finding satisfaction and yet remaining happy being unsettled I believe this is an unfinished work so now here finished work will go to the top of my TBR flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 01, 2019 Jill Blevins rated it really liked it Who doesn t want to read someone s letters, especially when those letters were written in the 1950 s and 1960 s by a teenager who has everything the world could give her except love, a regular family, and a steady home It s like reading Joan Didion but without the East Coast attitude.As someone who moved 47 times with her first husband, I was attracted to this book by the amazing amount of times the author herself has moved house The first section of this book is of her descriptions of each of Who doesn t want to read someone s letters, especially when those letters were written in the 1950 s and 1960 s by a teenager who has everything the world could give her except love, a regular family, and a steady home It s like reading Joan Didion but without the East Coast attitude.As someone who moved 47 times with her first husband, I was attracted to this book by the amazing amount of times the author herself has moved house The first section of this book is of her descriptions of each of her homes, sequentially, and with photos This is how you learn what the life of a miner s daughter really is like, or life with a not so balanced mother not explained because why , or life as a child in rural pre WWII era was like The writing is so perfectly fitting for that Marilyn Monroe esque ditzy blonde, white young woman who can have sex on the rooftop of her apartment with a non white boyfriend without consequences until the family finds out and, of course, stops that whole childish rebellious activity without much further discussion or consequence It feels like a memoir, albeit in epistle form, of someone who started out with lots of opportunity, ambition, dreams, and talent, and just threw it, bit by bit, into the trash Or the bottle, eventually And then, after her death, redemption and recognition There is so much talent here The voice is addicting in the way that my happy, chatty little niece is adorable to listen to but not to learn from, or to learn from in a way not directly related to what comes out of her mouth She does things that are reactive to her relationships to men, and not good for her, for the men, or especially for her children But who doesn t love a girl who is honest about herself Even if it s hard to read because there are real children involved, it s compelling to read because she s so full of life She s got talent in her recitation of housing history than most writers trying to be honest but not being this honest Or perhaps not failing this honestly In that failing, she s remarkable successful And in that way, easy to read and at the same time, so painfully difficult flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 08, 2018 Brooklyn Tayla rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves 2018 reads, december 2018 reads, my own book collection I received a copy of this book from Pan Macmillian Australia in exchange for an honest review all thoughts are my own.I feel like if I had known about Lucia Berlin before reading this book that I would have maybe appreciated this , I mean, when I started reading this, not really knowing anything about the author or her books, I didn t know what to expect, and I personally found that I felt like I was reading not so much a memoir but a string of descriptions, young Lucia parting with her fa I received a copy of this book from Pan Macmillian Australia in exchange for an honest review all thoughts are my own.I feel like if I had known about Lucia Berlin before reading this book that I would have maybe appreciated this , I mean, when I started reading this, not really knowing anything about the author or her books, I didn t know what to expect, and I personally found that I felt like I was reading not so much a memoir but a string of descriptions, young Lucia parting with her father and travelling around with her mother and her not very interesting sister.This is where I sort of struggled to maintain any personal connection with this autobiography, I feel like through those glances at young Lucia s life and then reading those letters to her friends when she was far from home and struggling to find her feet as a writer, what stood out was the descriptions I feel like rather than describing everything she saw and what she and her young sons and husband were up to, it would ve been interesting to draw on those personal faces that she would have come across and what triggered her inspiration to write and why she wanted to write but I felt like this book definitley got bogged down in being too descriptive and perhaps less personable flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 27, 2018 Eric rated it it was amazing I didn t know what to expect with this one Welcome Home was pretty much a collection of pictures, recollections from an unpublished memoir documenting her childhood up to her 30 s, as well as letters to and from Lucia Much like A Manual for Cleaning Women, I enjoyed this a lot Berlin s writing style is so appealing to me because it s Kerouacian if I may , yet very feminine She has a knack for saying a lot using simple words or not many words at all Emotion and subtlety ooze from every I didn t know what to expect with this one Welcome Home was pretty much a collection of pictures, recollections from an unpublished memoir documenting her childhood up to her 30 s, as well as letters to and from Lucia Much like A Manual for Cleaning Women, I enjoyed this a lot Berlin s writing style is so appealing to me because it s Kerouacian if I may , yet very feminine She has a knack for saying a lot using simple words or not many words at all Emotion and subtlety ooze from every entry She lived everywhere Alaska, Idaho, Montana, New York, Chile, New Mexicoand those aren t anywhere near all of the places mentioned and lived life to the fullest Children, husbands, and lovers never let her get in the way of adventure to the point of her beginning to appear very destructive by the end of the memoir section of the book where it stops abruptly I strongly recommend beginning with A Manual for Cleaning Women and then reading this You will not be disappointed flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 30, 2019 Sabrina Chapadjiev rated it really liked it This was my introduction to Lucia Berlin.The narrative portraits of where she lived and when, which make up half of the book, were incredibly poignant, gorgeous and evocative They truly paint a picture of this interesting artists and the life she lived.The second half which include letters home and to those she loved is way less interesting It was edited by her sons, who obviously have a vested interest in her every syllable However, as someone who was just learning who Lucia was, these let This was my introduction to Lucia Berlin.The narrative portraits of where she lived and when, which make up half of the book, were incredibly poignant, gorgeous and evocative They truly paint a picture of this interesting artists and the life she lived.The second half which include letters home and to those she loved is way less interesting It was edited by her sons, who obviously have a vested interest in her every syllable However, as someone who was just learning who Lucia was, these letters were tiresome to get through, and seemed to just be an addendum to an otherwise incredible portrait.If I judged this as two books, I d give the home portraits a five, and the letters a two However, I gave it all a 4 as it does make a stirring introduction to this writer I m excited to learn about flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 22, 2018 Laura rated it liked it I wanted to love this , and I feel like I may get out of it after reading some of Lucia Berlin s work Really liked the first half of diary entries but the letters in the second half got a bit muddled and long for me However, Berlin s wonderful writing and personality shine through A personal favourite couple of lines was The last night there was sort of a nightmare which would take 40 pages to describe Briefly, i got arrested and spent the night in jail, and the morning, unti I wanted to love this , and I feel like I may get out of it after reading some of Lucia Berlin s work Really liked the first half of diary entries but the letters in the second half got a bit muddled and long for me However, Berlin s wonderful writing and personality shine through A personal favourite couple of lines was The last night there was sort of a nightmare which would take 40 pages to describe Briefly, i got arrested and spent the night in jail, and the morning, until 20 minutes before the plane left and I bribed my way out flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 11, 2019 Lorri Steinbacher rated it really liked it So interesting to describe your life through memories of the places where you lived it That you know that it is unfinished going in doesn t make you any less hard when it does When it left off, even though I knew I would be able to piece together what was next, I knew that it would not be in Berlin s unique voice flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 27, 2018 Cody added it Shelves biographies memoirs A vivid and poetic evocation of place and the lifelong search for home The brevity of the text its diary like form and incompleteness coupled with the photographs give it a dreamy, mysterious feel flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 01, 2019 Abby Byers rated it it was amazing Five stars for the first half Didn t feel great about the letters flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 17, 2018 A rated it really liked it Shelves autobiography, letters, photography A look into Lucia Berlin s early life to 1965 through her own writing, family photographs, and letters There are many beautiful passages when she describes experiences and being outside, especially in the small plane that Buddy Berlin would take them up to fly during the sunsets What a wonderful idea flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 03, 2018 flannery rated it really liked it superfans only flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 17, 2019 Douglas rated it really liked it I don t know how you could appreciate this slim volume if you haven t read cleaning women , or were lucky enough to have one of her earlier out of print selections This is a small assemblage of an autobiography work in progress, and selected letters They do help a fan like me figure out what was true and what was fiction in her incredible short stories.A very interesting life I miss her flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 19, 2019 Roben added it This is the first book of Lucia Berlin s that I have read but it won t be the last I enjoyed her journey very much and thankful that she shared flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 15, 2018 Judith rated it really liked it I wish it had been longer and that she had written during her lifetime flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 12, 2018 Beth rated it really liked it Shelves biographymemoir I hate reading letters, but the memoir portion of this was gorgeous full of very vivid descriptions of a world that no longer exists flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 12, 2018 Christina rated it it was ok I won this book through the giveaways and was asked to give it a review I feel like if you knew the author, or maybe even if you are familiar with her other books, that it might be intriguing than I found it There was a line in one of her letters that said I keep beginning to end this illegible letter and that s kind of sums up how this book felt to me Reading one sided letters from someone I don t know to other people I don t know wasn t that interesting for me flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 08, 2018 Abbie Joiner rated it it was amazing I loved every page of this The pictures made it even better flag 1 likeLike see review Aug 19, 2018 Kathy Shaw rated it liked it Welcome Home by Lucia Berlin reads like a journal, her thoughts and observances without frills and letters she had written to or received from friends and family from the time she was a child I had never heard of Lucia Berlin but her life was so interesting that now I will read her short stories flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 28, 2018 Rhonda Lomazow rated it really liked it Lucia Berlin shares her real life relationships her loves affairs travels accompanied by photographs.Lucia led an interesting life free of many daily conventions a true free spirit.Perfect accompaniment to her stories flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Books by Lucia Berlin More Trivia About Welcome Home No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now renderRatingGraph 26, 51, 38, 8, 1 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , Inc Mobile version

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    About “Lucia Berlin”

    1. Lucia Berlin

      Berlin began publishing relatively late in life, under the encouragement and sometimes tutelage of poet Ed Dorn Her first small collection, Angels Laundromat was published in 1981, but her published stories were written as early as 1960 Several of her stories appeared in magazines such as The Atlantic and Saul Bellow s little magazine The Noble Savage.Berlin published six collections of short st Berlin began publishing relatively late in life, under the encouragement and sometimes tutelage of poet Ed Dorn Her first small collection, Angels Laundromat was published in 1981, but her published stories were written as early as 1960 Several of her stories appeared in magazines such as The Atlantic and Saul Bellow s little magazine The Noble Savage.Berlin published six collections of short stories, but most of her work can be found in three later volumes from Black Sparrow Books Homesick New and Selected Stories, So Long Stories 1987 92 and Where I Live Now Stories 1993 98.Berlin was never a bestseller, but was widely influential within the literary community She aspired to Chekhov s objectivity and refusal to judge She has also been widely compared to Raymond Carver and Richard Yates One of her most memorable achievements was the stunning one page story My Jockey, which captured a world, a moment and a panoramic movement in five quick paragraphs It won the Jack London Short Prize for 1985 Berlin also won an American Book Award in 1991 for Homesick, and was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts

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    1. This was such a wonderful examination of a life that ebbed with vitality and creative curiosity Lucia Berlin marches to the beat of her own drum and never tries to blame where the marching takes her on anyone It is so rare to find such honesty and stoic acceptance of both the good and the bad to be able to observe yourself in the context of the here and now objectively The pictures add to the feeling that you are conversing with the author The second part of the book includes letters that This w [...]


    2. If you re familiar with Lucia Berlin s short stories collected in A Manual for Cleaning Women this book will add a new perspective to familiar territory Half of the book is an unfinished memoir, taking us from the author s peripatetic childhood to marriage and motherhood in her bohemian mid thirties Family snapshots accompany the text The second half is made up of her wild, chatty letters covering the same period She would live for another forty years so part of her life still remains myst If yo [...]


    3. Welcome Home is an unfinished autobiography, which Lucia Berlin was working on but never had a chance to finish Much of this material is familiar to me since I recently read Evening in Paradise, a linked series of short stories, fictionalized accounts of her life which covered much of the same ground What Berlin did best was write about what she knew, and reading this in conjunction with her fantasized version of the same events, gives an original portrait of this fascinating woman who should We [...]


    4. Reading this book was like sitting with Lucia, who was my mentor, at her kitchen table in flat near the Boulder foothills The first half of the book impressions of the places she lived is beautifully rendered in Lucia s evocative, minimalist style I could hear her voice in the passages so funny and delicate and devilish Honestly, this book made me miss her all over again Lucia was a force of nature and lived a rich and tumultuous life as these pages testify The second half the letters Reading th [...]


    5. More refractions, refractions on refractionsthe first half of this desperately thin tome is the beginnings of a memoir, in which Berlin sketches the places in which she has lived, ending on the road, in Chiapas, in the mid 1960 s Many of the passages are repeated word for word in her short stories The remainder of the book is a selection of her letters, mainly to Edward and Helene Dorn, which forms another narration, ingenuous and guarded, of some of the same materials The most honest More refr [...]


    6. I received an advanced readers copy of this book as part of Giveaway Thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux for sending it my way It was a solid read I especially enjoyed the diary entries written by Lucia However, I do believe that a person who is familiar with Lucia s short stories would appreciate this book .


    7. I was sent this book free of charge in return for an honest review This is a quick and interesting read even if you are not familiar with the work of Lucia Berlin She lived an unpredictable life for many years and this is reflected in her journals and letters I was fascinated with how her lifestyle changed from what appeared to be year to year This is also a historical perspective on different geographical locations and the culture of the times Quite a worthwhile read and the numerous photo I wa [...]


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