Happiness: the crooked little road to semi-ever after : a memoir
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New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2017.
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Book
Edition
First edition.
ISBN
9781250131560, 1250131561
Physical Desc
305 pages ; 25 cm
Status
Burleson Public Library - Nonfiction
92 Harpham
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Happiness begins with a charming courtship between hopelessly attracted opposites: Heather, a world-roaming California girl, and Brian, an intellectual, homebody writer, kind and slyly funny, but loath to leave his Upper West Side studio. Their magical interlude ends, full stop, when Heather becomes pregnant, Brian is sure he loves her, only he doesn't want kids. Heather returns to California to deliver their daughter alone, buoyed by family and friends. Mere hours after Gracie's arrival, Heather's bliss is interrupted when a nurse wakes her, "Get dressed, your baby is in trouble." This is not how Heather had imagined new motherhood, alone, heartsick, an unexpectedly solo caretaker of a baby who smelled "like sliced apples and salted pretzels" but might be perilously ill. Brian reappears as Gracie's condition grows dire; together Heather and Brian have to decide what they are willing to risk to ensure their girl sees adulthood. The grace and humor that ripple through Harpham's writing transform the dross of heartbreak and parental fears into a clear-eyed, warm-hearted view of the world. Profoundly moving and subtly written, Happiness radiates in many directions, new, romantic love; gratitude for a beautiful, inscrutable world; deep, abiding friendship; the passion a parent has for a child; and the many unlikely ways to build a family. Ultimately it's a story about love and happiness, in their many crooked configurations.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Harpham, H. E. (2017). Happiness: the crooked little road to semi-ever after: a memoir (First edition.). Henry Holt and Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Harpham, Heather Elise, 1967-. 2017. Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-ever After: A Memoir. New York: Henry Holt and Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Harpham, Heather Elise, 1967-. Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-ever After: A Memoir New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2017.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Harpham, Heather Elise. Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-ever After: A Memoir First edition., Henry Holt and Company, 2017.

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