LOOKING BACK by Lois Lowry


A Book of Memories
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A unique format for a memoir--Lowry (Stay!, 1997, etc.) offers up quotes from her books, dates, black-and-white photographs, and recollections of each shot, as well as the other memories surrounding it. The technique is charming and often absorbing; readers meet Lowry's grandparents, parents, siblings, children, and grandchildren in a manner that suggests thumbing through a photo album with her. The tone is friendly, intimate, and melancholy, because living comes with sorrow: her sister died of cancer at age 28, and Lowry's son, a pilot, died when his plane crashed. Her overall message is taken from the last words that son, Grey, radioed: "You're on your own." The format of this volume is accessible and it reflects the way events are remembered--one idea leading to another, one memory jostling another; unlike conventional autobiographies, however, it will leave readers with unanswered questions: Who was her first husband--and father of her children? Why are her surviving children hardly mentioned? Why does it end--but for one entry--in 1995? It's still an original presentation, one to be appreciated on its own merits.
Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-395-89543-X
Page count: 189pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2000


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