Enjoy a glass of wine while Mississippi Poet Laureate speaks about and signs her latest work of fiction, Heating & Cooling. Beth Ann Fennelly is the author of three poetry collections, Tender Hooks, and Open House, and Unmentionables; two memoirs, the recently published Heating & Cooling and Great with Child; and a novel, Tilted World, coauthored with her husband, Tom Franklin. She teaches at the University of Mississippi, and is also our Mississippi Poet Laureate. Beth Ann Fennelly lives in Oxford, Mississippi.
The 52 micro-memoirs in genre-defying Heating & Cooling offer bright glimpses into a richly lived life, combining the compression of poetry with the truth-telling of nonfiction into one heartfelt, celebratory book. Ranging from childhood recollections to quirky cultural observations, these micro-memoirs build on one another to arrive at a portrait of Beth Ann Fennelly as a wife, mother, writer, and deeply original observer of life’s challenges and joys. Some pieces are wistful, some wry, and many reveal the humor buried in our everyday interactions. Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs shapes a life from unexpectedly illuminating moments, and awakens us to these moments as they appear in the margins of our lives.
- Endorsements & Reviews
“Imagine the hundred things you enjoy doing most in the world. Reading Beth Ann Fennelly’s Heating & Cooling is more fun than 95 of them.” — Richard Russo
“Beth Ann Fennelly brings a poet’s sensibility to Heating & Cooling. Each entry is both insightful and precise, a perfect pearl of memory. By marking out these 52 moments, she draws a portrait of a life that is deeply felt and fully awake. I will be the first in line when there are 52 more.” — Ann Patchett
“What better can one writer say about another writer’s work? I wish I’d written it. Heating and Cooling is just that enviable.” — Richard Ford
“Strong and at the same time wonderfully vulnerable. There is a matter-of-fact revelation inherent in her work. I deeply enjoyed this book—deeply.” — Dorothy Allison
“The pieces look like jewels—finely wrought, lyric, and subtle—but they expose themselves as creatures: vital, writhing, surprising, alive. They’re funny as hell. They’ve got a cool wit, but they’re feverish to the touch. They’ve been living inside me ever since I read them, heating and cooling me.” — Leslie Jamison