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A Certain Loneliness: A Memoir

Sandra Gail Lambert

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Nebraska University Press
30 July 2018
Biography; Memoirs; Gay & Lesbian studies; Coping with disability
After contracting polio as a child, Sandra Gail Lambert progressed from braces and crutches to a manual wheelchair to a power wheelchair-but loneliness has remained a constant, from the wild claustrophobia of a child in body casts to just yesterday, trapped at home, gasping from pain. A Certain Loneliness is a meditative and engaging memoir-in-essays that explores the intersection of disability, queerness, and female desire with frankness and humor.

Lambert presents the adventures of flourishing within a world of uncertain tomorrows: kayaking alone through swamps with alligators; negotiating planes, trains, and ski lifts; scoring free drugs from dangerous men; getting trapped in a too-deep snow drift without crutches. A Certain Loneliness is literature of the body, palpable and present, in which Lambert's lifelong struggle with isolation and independence-complete with tiresome frustrations, slapstick moments, and grand triumphs-are wound up in the long history of humanity's relationship to the natural world.
By:   Sandra Gail Lambert
Imprint:   Nebraska University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9781496207197
ISBN 10:   149620719X
Series:   American Lives
Pages:   210
Publication Date:   30 July 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sandra Gail Lambert is a writer of both fiction and memoir. She is the author of The River's Memory. She was awarded an NEA fellowship based on an excerpt from A Certain Loneliness.

Reviews for A Certain Loneliness: A Memoir

I have loved Sandra Gail Lambert's stunning and flexible prose for a long time and still was unprepared for the power and searing honesty of her memoir, A Certain Loneliness. This book is an act of tremendous beauty. -Lauren Groff, author of New York Times bestseller Fates and Furies -- Lauren Groff Having pushed her wheelchair past two hundred alligators, Lambert has written a brilliant and necessary account of a wise and triumphant life as a writer, activist, kayaker, lesbian lover, birder, and survivor of polio. I'm in awe of her gifts. -Carolyn Forche, author of The Country between Us -- Carolyn Forche In these lyrical and elegiac essays, Sandra Lambert traces a profound relationship with nature-both the vanishing nature of the planet and the complex nature of her own philosophy. Her language is moving, intimate, and bracingly honest. -Andrew Solomon, National Book Award-winning author of Far from the Tree -- Andrew Solomon A Certain Loneliness is an intriguing memoir. . . . Lambert's lessons in how she lives, how difficult every motion is when her body grows less and less useful every year, are enlightening, perhaps even necessary, for able-bodied readers. . . . That Lambert's is a vanishing condition makes her perspective unusual, but the frustration and emotional turmoil she suffers are perfectly common. Such results could stand to be better understood by the friends and loved ones of people with these conditions-or by anyone who has ever hugged a woman in a wheelchair without permission. -Katharine Coldiron, River Teeth -- Katharine Coldiron * River Teeth * The author knows herself well and shares thoughts, feelings, and impressions with grace and acute self-awareness. Readers will come away with a cleareyed portrait of the author through the stories of her joys, sorrows, and intimate impressions. A powerful testimony to the determination and strength necessary to persevere despite assumptions, scrutiny, and societal stigmatization. -Kirkus * Kirkus *


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