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You could make this place beautiful : a memoir / Maggie Smith.


In her memoir You Could Make This Place Beautiful, poet Maggie Smith explores the disintegration of her marriage and her renewed commitment to herself in lyrical vignettes that shine, hard and clear as jewels. The book begins with one woman's personal, particular heartbreak, but its circles widen into a reckoning with contemporary womanhood, traditional gender roles, and the power dynamics that persist even in many progressive homes. With the spirit of self-inquiry and empathy she's known for, Smith interweaves snapshots of a life with meditations on secrets, anger, forgiveness, and narrative itself. The power of these pieces is cumulative: page after page, they build into a larger interrogation of family, work, and patriarchy. You Could Make This Place Beautiful, like the work of Deborah Levy, Rachel Cusk, and Gina Frangello, is an unflinching look at what it means to live and write our own lives. It is a story about a mother's fierce and constant love for her children, and a woman's love and regard for herself. Above all, this memoir is an argument for possibility. With a poet's attention to language and an innovative approach to the genre, Smith reveals how, in the aftermath of loss, we can discover our power and make something new. Something beautiful. -- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781982185855
  • ISBN: 1982185856
  • Physical Description: 313 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First One Signal Publishers/Atria Books hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : One Signal Publishers/Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2023.
Subject: Smith, Maggie, 1977- > Divorce.
Divorced women > United States > Biography.
Women poets, American > 21st century > Biography.
Self-actualization (Psychology) in women.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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  • 15 of 17 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


  • 0 current holds with 17 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library 306.893 SMITH 2023 (Text) 0001012511060 Nonfiction Available -

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