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Without a Map: A Memoir de Meredith Hall
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Without a Map: A Memoir (2007 original; edició 2007)

de Meredith Hall

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Meredith Hall's moving but unsentimental memoir begins in 1965, when she becomes pregnant at sixteen. Shunned by her insular New Hampshire community, she is then kicked out of the house by her mother. Her father and stepmother reluctantly take her in, hiding her before they finally banish her altogether. After giving her baby up for adoption, Hall wanders recklessly through the Middle East, where she survives by selling her possessions and finally her blood. She returns to New England and stitches together a life that encircles her silenced and invisible grief. When he is twenty-one, her lost son finds her. Hall learns that he grew up in gritty poverty with an abusive father-in her own father's hometown. Their reunion is tender, turbulent, and ultimately redemptive. Hall's parents never ask for her forgiveness, yet as they age, she offers them her love. What sets Without a Mapapart is the way in which loss and betrayal evolve into compassion, and compassion into wisdom.… (més)
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Títol:Without a Map: A Memoir
Autors:Meredith Hall
Informació:Beacon Press (2007), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 248 pages
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Without a Map: A Memoir de Meredith Hall (2007)

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Interesting only for the author's walking "journey to the end of night" through Europe and the Middle East. Otherwise, just another dreary, overlong (if competently written) memoir of American (white) family dysfunction. Enough, already. Why Americans are so bad at family, and the ways they are bad at it that may be specific to the norms of this nation, would be a psycho-social history worth writing. But we don't need any more case histories, imho. ( )
  CSRodgers | Oct 22, 2019 |
"I didn’t make this plan. I just wake up sometimes and want to crawl out of my life” (60).


After getting expelled from high school in Hampton, NH in 1965 when it is discovered that she is 5-months pregnant,
Meredith finds herself very alone in the world. Shunned by the community that she once was a part of-even by her friends & and family including her own mother.

She was sent to live with her father and her step-mother during her pregnancy in Epping, NH; both traveled for work and she was kept in isolation. If they had dinner parties-she was to dine alone in her room. After the baby’s delivery she is sent off to boarding school and the baby is given up for adoption. She has no choice in the matter.

After graduation she and her step-mother have an argument and she is banned from her
father’s house forever.

Meredith’s soul searching took her from New Hampshire to Boston to India to Maine.

“The nights are very cold. I have no jacket, no sweater, no shoes” (113).

"I believe that this is a choice for me, that working here is temporary, that I will be moving back into adventure any day. For most of the women, it is what they will do all their lives, and their jobs are never certain as prices or fish stocks rise and fall” (84).

She wrote such a moving personal essay that Bowdoin
College admitted her as their only non-traditional student at the age of forty. She worked part-time, went to college full-time, and raised two sons alone.

She teaches writing and gives inspiration to students at the University of New Hampshire.

Her memoir is written in a beautiful narrative that is brave, honest, raw, but not "dramatic" it's rational and logical yet free-spirited - a real page turner. Once I started it I didn't put it down until I was finished.

This is a book that you don't read - you consume it, digest it, and think it over.

  TamaraJCollins | Mar 10, 2016 |
"I didn’t make this plan. I just wake up sometimes and want to crawl out of my life” (60).


After getting expelled from high school in Hampton, NH in 1965 when it is discovered that she is 5-months pregnant,
Meredith finds herself very alone in the world. Shunned by the community that she once was a part of-even by her friends & and family including her own mother.

She was sent to live with her father and her step-mother during her pregnancy in Epping, NH; both traveled for work and she was kept in isolation. If they had dinner parties-she was to dine alone in her room. After the baby’s delivery she is sent off to boarding school and the baby is given up for adoption. She has no choice in the matter.

After graduation she and her step-mother have an argument and she is banned from her
father’s house forever.

Meredith’s soul searching took her from New Hampshire to Boston to India to Maine.

“The nights are very cold. I have no jacket, no sweater, no shoes” (113).

"I believe that this is a choice for me, that working here is temporary, that I will be moving back into adventure any day. For most of the women, it is what they will do all their lives, and their jobs are never certain as prices or fish stocks rise and fall” (84).

She wrote such a moving personal essay that Bowdoin
College admitted her as their only non-traditional student at the age of forty. She worked part-time, went to college full-time, and raised two sons alone.

She teaches writing and gives inspiration to students at the University of New Hampshire.

Her memoir is written in a beautiful narrative that is brave, honest, raw, but not "dramatic" it's rational and logical yet free-spirited - a real page turner. Once I started it I didn't put it down until I was finished.

This is a book that you don't read - you consume it, digest it, and think it over.

  TamaraJCollins | Mar 10, 2016 |
This memoir starts with a harsh and haunting premise; Meredith (Meredy) is the beloved third child in a family where love really counts. Even though her father leaves and remarries when Meredy is 10, she has strong memories of love and nurturance from her father (while also recognizing, in retrospect, his extreme self-centeredness). She is a smart, pretty 16-year old who belongs to her classmates, church family and town...until she becomes pregnant and is literally shunned by her community and her own family. She gives her child up for adoption and spends years missing him.

Beautifully written, with a strong, sure voice. Highly recommended. ( )
  Lcwilson45 | Jun 20, 2010 |
Candid. Beautiful. ( )
  JenLynnKnox | Oct 11, 2009 |
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Meredith Hall's moving but unsentimental memoir begins in 1965, when she becomes pregnant at sixteen. Shunned by her insular New Hampshire community, she is then kicked out of the house by her mother. Her father and stepmother reluctantly take her in, hiding her before they finally banish her altogether. After giving her baby up for adoption, Hall wanders recklessly through the Middle East, where she survives by selling her possessions and finally her blood. She returns to New England and stitches together a life that encircles her silenced and invisible grief. When he is twenty-one, her lost son finds her. Hall learns that he grew up in gritty poverty with an abusive father-in her own father's hometown. Their reunion is tender, turbulent, and ultimately redemptive. Hall's parents never ask for her forgiveness, yet as they age, she offers them her love. What sets Without a Mapapart is the way in which loss and betrayal evolve into compassion, and compassion into wisdom.

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