The Crane Wife: A Memoir in Essays

Doubleday. Jul. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780385547079. $28. MEMOIR
Hauser’s (Family of Origin) memoir is told in a series of 17 essays, most of which tend to focus on matters of the heart, life in the 21st century, and what it means to be true to one’s self. All of the essays jump back and forth in time with the author focusing on relationships, dating, family and self-discovery. The strongest essays—“The Crane Wife,” “Blood: Twenty-Seven Love Stories,” and “Hepburn Qua Hepburn”—exemplify Hauser’s keen awareness about life so far: things don’t always work out as planned, love is complicated, and trusting your gut is, sometimes, the best option. Although humorous and smart, at times this memoir requires time and patience on the part of readers.
VERDICT Hauser has created a meandering but entertaining look into her professional and personal life. Readers looking for something a little different in a memoir will not be disappointed.
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