A delightful memoir of Jeremy at 10 and 11 He is on the cusp of experiencing the angst of teenage years, but during this year, he still gets joy from the simplicity of life He has his fear of harsh weather and his distaste for certain family rituals, however, he mostly likes his life, his family and his friends Wishing it could be that way for everyone. This book is both completely ordinary and absolutely unique It describes the events of a year in the author s childhood in rural Missouri, and while set in a specific time and place, it s full of almost universally relatable passages Anyone who s experienced small town or farm life, the loss of a grandparent, complicated sibling relationships, a mixture of joy and awkwardness at family gatherings, the love of a pet, the contained excitement of being snowed in, etc. , etc. , etc. , will find something to relate to here The language in this book is evocative and often unexpected Jackson writes in first, second and third person at various times in the book, focusing on his impressions of events as a 10 year old boy but not limiting himself to that point of view Occasionally, I found those shifts a little jarring, but overall the book worked beautifully. One Year Of The Author S Life, I Will Not Leave You Comfortless Is The Intimate Memoir Of A Young Boy Coming To Consciousness In Small Town Missouri Is The Year That Greets Ten Year Old Jeremy With First Loves, First Losses, And A Break From The Innocence Of Boyhood That Will Never Be Fully Repaired For Jeremy, The Seeming Security Of Family Is At Once And Forever Shaken By The Life Altering Events Of That Pivotal Year Through Tenderhearted, Steadfast Prose Redolent Of The Glories Of Download Epub Format Ñ I Will Not Leave You Comfortless PDF by é Jeremy Jackson Outdoor Life On The Family Farm Jackson Recalls The Deeply Sensual Wonders Of His Rural Midwestern Childhood Bicycle Rides In September Sunlight The Horizon Vanishing Behind Tall Grasses Reanimating Stories Both Heart Wrenching And Humorous, Tragic And Triumphant, Jackson Weaves Past, Present, And Future Into The Rich Missouri LandscapeWith Storytelling Informed By Profound Sense Of Place And An Emotional Memory Remarkably Sound, Jackson Stands Poised To Join The Ranks Of Renowned Memoirists The Likes Of Tobias Wolff Readers Young And Old Will Be Charmed And Transformed By His Unforgettable Coming Of Age Tale I can safely say this book was amazing I enjoyed every minute of it Every time I had free time, I spent it reading this book It reminds me of my house in Michigan It explains the country side perfectly Every sentence is so detailed When the setting is described, you feel as if you are standing in the filed of the country side, as the sun is setting, in the warm summer air It gave me an amazing feeling as I went on with it The fact that he lost is grandma was devastating It was a good book for me to read at this time, being I just went through the same thing a few months ago The fact him and his sister started drifting is very sad I couldn t ever imagine drifting away from my siblings It conveyed emotion so well As I read, I felt Jeremy s emotion being transferred to me I love how this book also tells us about his This moving memoir flows like an old, lazy river in the summer Meandering through the memories of a 10 year old boy, picking up speed as it encounters bolders and moss encrusted snags, only to relapse into a sleepy crawl over deep, dark pools of wondering and admiration, this is a true tale drawn from one life but reminiscent of many In his summer of memory, as Jeremy moves to his eleventh year, the loss of his grandmother to death and his sister to maturity become catalysts for his own growth into adolescence From blackberry patches, to bicycle adventures, the threat of tornados to newly hatched chicks, this is a memory of good times spent with loving family and the summer of youth Well written and beautifully composed, the real wonder is how the author managed to remember his life in such vivid, sensual detail Those of us with difficulty remembering our past can only shake our heads Marvelous Jeremy s book, Life at These Speeds is one of my favorite books, and I was quite excited to see him release this memoir of his Midwestern childhood I Will Not Leave You Comfortless touches on those precious memories and experiences of adolescence and the purity of youth Jeremy is a smart man, raised in a very educated and loving home, so there are numerous paragraphs that I could quote that would inspire others to read this, but I will go with the bit that is on the front of the book jacket Jeremy writes, As I lay in bed, looking out at the frigid snowscape, I felt a sense of balance I was situated neatly between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day I sensed that if I could remain here forever, in this precise time and place, with this view, with this warmth, with the knowledge that my sisters and parents were a Û I Will Not Leave You Comfortless ↠´ I really like Jeremy Jackson s fiction, particularly Life At These Speeds, but holy shit was this boring The reviews that say he beautifully describes a year growing up in the midwest are all totally accurate, but that is the extent of the achievement NOTHING HAPPENS I kept reading parts and thinking, Oh man, now something terrible is going to happen but it never did It felt like the setting for a good book, but without the plot that was necessary to make it engaging So, go read Life At These Speeds instead It s very good. The writing was excellent Able to see how this young boy changes as he faces his grandmother s illness and death and the struggles as a young one made to grow up faster than he should have too Loved how they were enjoying life, the smells, the tastes, the love and how he notices the changes and how others around him deal with it as well A great read.
I was drawn in by this memoir of Jeremy at age ten, when there is much turmoil in his young life The writing style is impressive, and Jeremy s prose easily evokes your own memories of what it was like to be ten years old The story follows him over the course of a single year as he begins to understands the adult world around him Good story, good style, nice structure, and well developed characters make it easy to connect with his struggles in this coming of age memoir. I am a sucker for a good memoir as we know, and I absolutely love Jeremy Jackson s writing, so when I heard he had a memoir coming out, I was chomping at the bit for months to get my hands on a copy This is a memoir about Jeremy growing up in Western Missouri when he s eleven, on a small farm his parents both work the farm is just for household consumption with his two older sisters, and with his grandparents in the next town over He s trying to navigate school and friendships and getting the coolest bike ever and girls and family The story is fairly typical which makes it very nostalgic for all readers, even ones who grew up in the suburbs of a neighboring state but alongside all the ordinary things about 1984, Jeremy s grandmother doe
About The Author
Jeremy Jackson was raised in the Ozark borderlands of central Missouri on a small farm He attended Vassar College, where he won the English Department Prize for Fiction After college he earned his M.F.A at the University of Iowa s Writers Workshop, where he studied under Frank Conroy, Marilynne Robinson, and James Alan McPherson While in the Workshop, he was awarded a Teaching Writing Fellows