Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life

Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life

What a long way it is from one life to another, yet why write if not for that distance? Startlingly original and shining with quiet wisdom, this is a luminous account of a life lived with books. Written over two years while the author battled suicidal depression, Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life is a painful and yet richly affirming examination of wh...

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Title:Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life
Author:Yiyun Li
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ISBN:0399589090
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages

Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life Reviews

  • Kirsty
    Nov 18, 2016
    Dear Friend... is filled with some quite profound meditations upon life and worth; it is a thoughtful, sometimes philosophical work, with some excellent quotes and questions about language, life, and literature. Li's writing is intelligent and fluid, and the memories and ideas presented here cleverl...
  • Elena
    Jan 10, 2017
    The same quality of Yiyun's fictional prose tiptoeing through my brain, then settling in for thoughts long after, lives in her nonfiction writing. This is a beautiful collection of essays exploring her bouts of depression and suicidal thoughts. Part memoir, part lit crit, all wonderful writing. This...
  • Kelsey Dreyer
    Apr 03, 2017
    Sporadic, changing, fluid, this memoir reflects the thoughts of Yiyun Li over two years, during which she battles suicidal depression. While she does discuss her thoughts on suicide, as well as her opinions on personal matters such as feelings and attachments, she also reveals her intrinsic connecti...
  • Ann Girdharry
    Jan 04, 2017
    This memoir is a string of thoughts, unanswerable questions, philosophical explorations and personal pain. The author tells us of her own misunderstandings and attempts to understand life. It's written in an eloquent, flowing way- nothing jars and this makes it easy to read, even though the material...
  • Esil
    Mar 01, 2017
    I'm not going to finish this book and I'm not going to rate it. I couldn't quite figure out what I was reading -- a memoir, thoughts about other authors, snippets of disconnected thoughts about life, death and writing? But it's hard for me to be too be harsh and give it a low rating, because Li appe...
  • Nada
    Mar 16, 2017
    To understand Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life by Yiyun Li, you have to understand the context in which it came to be written. I struggle with how to rate this book. On the one hand, I have enormous respect for the author's struggle with mental health. On the other hand, the boo...
  • Donna Davis
    Jan 06, 2017
    It’s an honor to be invited to review any book by Random House and Net Galley, and so when the email came, I accepted without hesitation; I thank them for thinking of me and wish I could honestly recommend this one. Others have referred to this memoir, whose title is taken from a quote by Katha...
  • Michelle
    Apr 02, 2017
    This is actually not a memoir, but rather an overall exploration of literature and criticism: “Dear Friend, from My Life I Write You In Your Life” is the first book of non-fiction by Chinese American writer and award winning novelist Yiyun Li. Throughout the book Li injected brief details ...
  • Farhana
    Mar 30, 2017
    Lucid . Exquisite . Intimate . Lyrical !This book was in my wish list the moment I saw the name. It reminds me of the essence of Steven Wilson's HAND.CANNOT.ERASE I have been waiting if I would get to read another book like 'A School for Fools' & this book stirs me up the same way. I think I can con...
  • Jane
    Apr 30, 2017
    This rating system doesn't allow me to say what I mean about "Dear Friend." There were sections that blew me away. I love the way Yi describes her relationships with books and authors. Some of these, like William Trevor, are alive and become actual friends, friends that Yi meets and corresponds with...