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The Journal Keeper: A Memoir


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Phyllis Theroux's books include a memoir, several essay collections, a novella, Giovanni's Light, and an anthology, The Book of Eulogies. She lives in Ashland, Virginia.


"I loved this singularly honest and graceful book. The Journal Keeper reminds us that there is no such thing as an ordinary moment, and certainly no such thing as an ordinary life."--Elizabeth Gilbert, best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love

"[Theroux] excels at closely observed and elegantly expressed portraits of domestic life that fondly recall the tradition of E.B. White. Theroux is a lovely writer ...The best thing about The Journal Keeper is the way it keeps us hopeful--and expectant--about what will happen next."--Danny Heitman, Christian Science Monitor "Captivating...a multi-dimensional pleasure...Theroux offers us a multilayered view of herself that is at once whimsical and profound... [she] is able to reach deep inside and step outside herself with inspiring aplomb."--Linda Stankard, Bookpage "Theroux seems to possess a certain calmness and wisdom...[The Journal Keeper] is full of small, lyrical insights."--Juliet Wittman, The Washington Post "When a writer of Theroux's stature chooses to share such introspective feelings with the world, readers are afforded an unparalleled opportunity to observe how such crystalline powers of observation are developed and nurtured...Theroux goes public in this elegiac memoir of love and loss, an elegant tribute to the resiliency of human nature."--Booklist "Theroux possess all the field marks of a good writer: Her images and metaphors are so good they glow...[Her] advice--'Lean toward the light' and make it a place 'to save small pieces of beauty'--is unnecessary. With The Journal Keeper, she has already shown us how."--Jann Malone, Richmond Times-Dispatch "Theroux writes frankly of her doubts, fears, is those shortcomings and subsequent reflections that make this book a cut above....if a life like Theroux's, so relatively ordinary on the surface, can be felt and expressed in such an extraordinary way, might it be that our ordinary lives can, too?"--Pamela Miller, Minneapolis Star-Tribune "Lyrical and humorous...[Theroux's] narrative is spiked with the trials and joys of writing, intermixed with everyday sweet nothings, none of which are ordinary, that she fashions in to universal truths...around every bend are phrases to savor."--Mims Cushing, Florida Times-Union "What a wonderful, wonderful book! I felt like I was on a little journey. It really made me think beyond the page. The Journal Keeper reads like a case study of a person's life. You will read it more than once."--Amy Sedaris, best-selling author of I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence "In lovely, straightforward prose, Theroux speaks honestly about the quotidian and miraculous aspects of loss and new chances. It's all here--births, deaths and marriages--and the reader is invited into the intimacies of a world that is both familiar and full of surprises."--Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge

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