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Places I Stopped on the Way Home: A Memoir of Chaos and Grace Hardcover – 3 May 2018
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“If you ever needed a book that would be both relatable as hell when you're in your lowest dating woes, and act as the most soothing balm for heartbreak, then you need to add this book in your life.” - Bustle
"A beautifully warm-hearted and vulnerable memoir. I enjoyed every single page."
“Without question the best book I’ve read this year, and one that I will return to again and again, Places I Stopped on the Way Home is everything I love in a book.” - The Literary Edit
“A collection of raw yet beautifully crafted snapshots of Meg Fee’s painful coming-of-age in the city she had dreamed of inhabiting ... touched me far more than I had expected.” - A Life in Books
“Places I Stopped on the Way Home is an engaging account of a young woman shaping a life that shows her what she does and doesn’t want, ultimately allowing her to become the person she wants to be … I found myself frequently marking lines and wondering how Fee had sussed so many of these things long before I did.” - The Writes of Woman
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Meg Fee is a Texas-born writer who spent her formative adult years in NYC. In 2017 she said goodbye to New York to pursue a Master of Public Policy at Duke University.See all Product description
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Despite an age gap between me and the author, and very different experiences so far in life, so much of what Meg wrote still resonated with me in a way I didn’t expect, it surprised me in the best way. I feel like Meg understood so much that I didn’t know how to put into words. I found her writing to be a courageous and beautiful assertion of vulnerability, full of depth and emotion.
I could only wish I had even an ounce of Meg’s talent and hope she writes much more.
I feel like Meg is a friend I’ve never met. She makes a home in her own heart and in mine too.
The author describes first loves, first heartbreak, her first taste of independence beautifully, almost lyrically. She recounts memories associated with buildings or places or times in her life and includes her thoughts about just what is home.
She is very honest about her struggles with body image, food related disorders and mental health. Her self image and lack of confidence affected her decision making. She wanted to be loved, but often knew she was not with the right person. As she comes to terms with her feelings, she includes the wise words - "The body changes, it adjusts. But added or lost weight does not change a person."
One essay in particular - On Home II - was a short but very beautiful piece on what matters in a relationship and really spoke to me. She talks of wanting a partner to "sit next to me on the doorstep on the front stoop and with your hand cupping my neck promise me quiet Sunday mornings with coffee and the paper and unfinished crossword puzzles. Promise me that arm that reaches out when I step off the curb a minute too soon. An extra set of hands to pull my zipper or put the groceries away. Flowers for no reason at all. The coffee brewed before I wake. Passed art sections and shared looks and your hand on my knee for as long as we both shall live. Dancing in the kitchen, bare feet and no music except for that song wetting your lips."
New York is brought vividly to life in the book along with the author's mixed feelings for this great city. As she lived and wrote her way through all the places, she was finding herself, her place in the world, her way home.
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