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Sort order. Oct 22, Christie Shields rated it it was amazing. This book is abundantly creative and smart. In some places it reads like poetry while in others it seems to be streams of consciousness. Perhaps the greatest compliment that I can offer is that the writing was inspiring and caused me to start writing again.

I was most moved by the intense vulnerability and honesty that takes guts to write out.

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I felt a greater understanding of the writer after reading and felt a This book is abundantly creative and smart. I felt a greater understanding of the writer after reading and felt a great connection to his journey.


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Apr 23, Carol Taylor rated it really liked it. This isn't the kind of memoir I usually read and there were times when I thought I should just stop and take it back to the library. I'm glad I persevered. I'm used to reading quite a few pages every day but with Feverland, I found that reading it ten pages or so at a time worked best for me.

Actually, more than that was just too much. There are so many things going on in Lemon's life - a medical condition that took a long time to diagnose and treat, childhood sexual abuse at a very young age, h This isn't the kind of memoir I usually read and there were times when I thought I should just stop and take it back to the library. There are so many things going on in Lemon's life - a medical condition that took a long time to diagnose and treat, childhood sexual abuse at a very young age, horrifying dreams, strange experiences - and yet he got through it, got married, had two lovely children and became a professor with a nice career as a writer.

Lemon went to college at Macalaster in St. Paul, Minnesota and is published by Milkweed Editions a Minnesota company. Those local links are probably what got me interested as well as a review in the Star Tribune. I'm glad I took a chance on Feverland. It was well worth it!

Feb 18, Joe Wheelock rated it really liked it. It reads almost as a blend of poetry and a stream of consciousness retelling of a story. He weaves raw emotion and imagery seamlessly together. Strongly recommend.

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May 02, Tekla rated it liked it Shelves: Painful to read. Monkeys stealing an egg outside a temple in Kathmandu. Brushing teeth bloody on long car rides under blue skies. Pain, ours and what we bring to others.

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Wildfires in southern California. Rats in Texas. Childhood abuse. Dreams of tigers and blackout nights. The sweetness of mangoes. A son born into a shadowy hospital room.

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In Feverland , Alex Lemon has created a fragmented exploration of what it means to be a man in the tumult of twenty-first-century America--and a harrowing, associative memoir about how we live with the beauties and horrors of our pasts. How to move forward, Lemon asks, when trapped between the demons of one's history and the angels of one's better nature? How to live in kindness--to become a caring partner and parent--when one can muster very little such tenderness for oneself?

How to be here, now? Monkeys stealing an egg outside a temple in Kathmandu. Brushing teeth bloody on long car rides under blue skies. Pain, ours and what we bring to others. Wildfires in southern California.

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Rats in Texas. Childhood abuse. Dreams of tigers and blackout nights. The sweetness of mangoes. A son born into a shadowy hospital room. How to live in kindness—to become a caring partner and parent—when one can muster very little such tenderness for oneself? How to be here, now? How to be here, good? In taut, vibrant prose, he pieces together the fragments of his life. His sparkling language and repeated motifs provide unity, and there is profound insight—even humor—in this tale from the dark side. Because these vivid and surprising shards that Alex Lemon gives us teem with heft and life, evocative diction and sticking image, narrative brilliance and lyric mystery.

Alex Lemon has offered us an essential long stare into the bleak yet textured truth of illness, abuse, and disability; at the same time he offers us the one thing we all cling to despite it all: beauty and survival. A good memoir leaves you feeling that you know another person.

This one, somehow, leaves you feeling that you know yourself as well. Ants drunk on cherry-red hummingbird nectar.

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