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Growing Up Moffett: The Rise and Fall of Innocence in a Pathos Plagued Year [Paperback]

By Sarah E. Moffett (Author)
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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 5.74" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   0.53 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2007
ISBN  1932902651  
EAN  9781932902655  

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Coming of age memoir written by 26-year old Washington D.C. attorney. Inspirational story of her family enduring then overcoming tragedy through the power of their unwavering faith. In a writing style somewhere between Harper Lee and Sarah Vowell, author Sarah E. Moffet recalls the time when, at age twelve, the life of her family began to unravel when their lives changed due to a simple phone call. What follows is a struggle to retain faith, hope, and love in the midst of inexplicable death and loss. This coming of age story resonates with laughter and broods with intensity as a witty, sarcastic, and occasionally humorous account of childhood experiences involving professional disaster-manager parents who move the family across the country to care for dying relatives. This parentalexpertise was necessary to manage botched black belt exams, scientific experiments gone awry, multiple emergency room trips, budding geniuses, and adventurous vacations. Written from a child'' perspective yet embraces the darkness that comes with the loss of innocence and the beginning of grasping death on an intimate level at an early age.

Publishers Description
A Gen-Y, coming of age memoir about a family encountering and overcoming tragedy through the eyes of their precocious and witty 12-yearold daughter. In a writing style somewhere between Harper Lee and SarahVowell, author Sarah E. Moffett recalls the time when, at age twelve, thelife of her family suddenly began to unravel after a simple phone call froma dying family member. What follows is a struggle to retain faith, hope,and love in the midst of inexplicable death and loss. Written from a childsperspective yet embracing the darkness that comes with the loss of innocence and the beginning of grasping death on an intimate level at anearly age.

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Makes Me Wish I Could Grow Up Moffett  Sep 26, 2007
So, okay. Here's the deal. I made an enormous fool of myself, and it's entirely Sarah Moffett's fault. I brought this book to my son's medical appointments and read it while trapped in numerous waiting rooms. I actually made heads turn and drew the wrath of the receptionists.

What did I do? Well, first, I guffawed (All I'll say is it involves square dancing and a suitor sporting Underoos. ) Then, I shrieked. (What does she mean chocolate isn't her favorite food?) And finally, I wept. Loudly. It wasn't pretty. Nope, it wasn't pretty at all and it almost got me escorted out. It was, however, well worth it.

GROWING UP MOFFETT is funny, sweet, funny, tender, funny, absolutely heartbreaking, and did I say funny? My heart broke for this young girl and it cheered for the young woman she becomes. But more importantly I walked away thinking about what we do for those we love, and how it changes us all. So yes, it was definitely worth it.
I adored this book  Jul 26, 2007
I adored this book. From the first page through until the last, I was completely taken by the words I read. I laughed out loud several times (and earned strange looks from those around me) and I even cried. I couldn't put the book down, but I wanted to...only because I wanted the experience of reading it to last longer. Yep, that good.

The story is told from the perspective of a young girl growing up in a family filled with closeness, happiness and trust. It's full of anecdotes and humor, and at some point or other will remind most any reader of their own childhood. As Sarah, our trusty narrator, grows up, so too does the tone of the story. Everything changes one afternoon with a phone call--a phone call with news of a dying family member. Suddenly death becomes a prevelant part of Sarah's world...and we watch as her outlook on life changes. Through it all though, Sarah is witty and intelligent. You can't help but identify with her as she reminds you of parts of yourself that you had forgotten about.

I can't say enough good things about "Growing Up Moffett," you need to read it for yourself to see what I mean. Its one of the best coming of age memoirs I have read in...well, ever, and you'll adore it too.
witty and wise  May 10, 2007
Here's a remarkable first book by a recent college grad. Hope it isn't her last! Moffett is such a cool writer, makes this an entertaining and insightful read on some of the ecstasies and agonies of growing up in the 80's and 90's.
Precious  Mar 26, 2007
Don't you adore precocious twelve-year-olds? Their every word is so precious, so funny, so wise. Someone please tell Terry Gross about this book. It's perfect for her show.
Great Read!  Mar 25, 2007
Be ready to experience your childhood again! Through the eyes of a passionate, witty girl, you will recognize her challenges, successes, and losses. It's a well-balanced portrayal of the life of a young girl just trying to figure things out on her own. I loved this book, and would recommend it to everyone.

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