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Are you kidding me I don t even know where to begin Monroe s voice and writing style are sublime A wide smile remained plastered on my face as I read this book, even as I was being brought to tears from the striking, human narrative I wanted to call friends, grab strangers on the street, read entire chapters Damn fine writing. A fantastic memoir I love that Debra writes openly about single mama hood, dating, and sex I also love how she can interpret everyday situations as if she s reading a complicated text Her vocabulary rocks, as does her capacity for startling insight and her sense of humor This book was great company like having a long, intimate discussion with my best mama friends. Well written intimate memoir about the experiences, frustrations, and joys of a Central Texas English professor who adopts a transracial child while rehabilitating her house on the outskirts of a Hill Country town, all the while dealing with chronic health problems Monroe has a knack for bringing one along for a bumpy ride as if the reader is beside her on bench seat of an old pickup truck Monroe s realization that Marie s hair would need special and expensive attention by a salon was reminisc Well written intimate memoir about the experiences, frustrations, and joys of a Central Texas English professor who adopts a transracial child while rehabilitating her house on the outskirts of a Hill Country town, all the while dealing with chronic health problems Monroe has a knack for bringing one along for a bumpy ride as if the reader is beside her on bench seat of an old pickup truck Monroe s realization that Marie s hair would need special and expensive attention by a salon was reminiscent of the moment in which the fictional adoptive mom in KingsolversThe Bean Treesrealizes her Native American child cannot digest milk Both moments show the small ways in which the races are ignorant of each others realitiesThe narrative comes across as sharply honest and spare, and therefore all the most incisive Highly recommended White professor and author Monroe hangs her story on the peg of her adoption of a newborn black baby, but this book is about so muchthan that Why do smart women make so many bad relationship decisions Are they doomed to repeat history Monroe examines her fractured childhood and adolescence a drunken dad, a loutish, racist, brute of a stepfather and her denied relationship with her abused, long suffering mother She struggles to make her own way after two failed marriages and countless White professor and author Monroe hangs her story on the peg of her adoption of a newborn black baby, but this book is about so muchthan that Why do smart women make so many bad relationship decisions Are they doomed to repeat history Monroe examines her fractured childhood and adolescence a drunken dad, a loutish, racist, brute of a stepfather and her denied relationship with her abused, long suffering mother She struggles to make her own way after two failed marriages and countless no count boyfriends, finally sinking love into her adopted daughter, Marie She dotes on her child, her career, and their home, yet all but ignores her own life threatening illness.Monroe writes with a droll sense of clarity found in hindsight, a voice that will remind readers of a blend of Anne Lamott and Mary Karr Absolutely terrific. I was lucky enough to receive instruction from Debra Monroe at the Taos Summer Writers Conference She is as great a teacher as she is a writer This book is raw, tender, real I enjoyed it immensely. This memoir is an absolute page turner while still being incredibly thoughtful, complex, and intelligent I highly recommend it This book is so beautiful and so hard to put down There were many nights I had to force myself to put the book down and go to sleep Everyone should read this poignant and heartfelt book. {Pdf} ì On the Outskirts of Normal: Forging a Family against the Grain õ Mired in debt and on the run from a series of broken homes, about to be divorced Debra Monroe pulls up in front of a tumbledown cabin outside a small Texas town Its isolation miles from her teaching job in a neighboring city feels right She buys the house and ultimately doubles its size as she waits for the call from the adoption agency to tell her she s going to be a mom Now in her forties, she is swept into the strange new world of single motherhood, complicated by the fact that she s white and her daughter is black As Monroe learns to deal with her daughter s hair and to re enter the dating scene, all the while coping with her own and her daughter s major illnesses, they live under the magnified scrutiny of the small, conservative town Confronting her past in order to make a better life for her daughter, Monroe rebuilds not only a half ruined cabin in the woods but her sense of what it is that makes a sustainable family Having driven across the country to see her brand new adopted granddaughter, Debra Monroe s mother says the first thing that comes into her head I knew she d be black, but not this black Monroe simply says, Mom, there s a blank in the baby book called Grandma s First Words The sly, dry humor of this, the offering of the second chance, the reminder that everything, even the mistakes, will be written down tells you most of what you need to know about Monroe s approach to life, and to memoir Her generosity of spirit never fails her Marion Winik, author of First Comes Love Monroe s memoir forges a remarkable canniness about motherhood and its twin perils, grief and love Karen Brennan, author of Being with Rachel A beautiful, heartbreaking, and hopeful book about how the family we end up living with and loving best isn t necessarily the family we were born into.