I Am, I Am, I Am

I Am, I Am, I Am

Seventeen Brushes With Death

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We are never closer to life than when we brush up against the possibility of death. I Am, I Am, I Am is Maggie O'Farrell's astonishing memoir of the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life. The childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, which she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. An encounter with a disturbed man on a remote path. And, most terrifying of all, an ongoing, daily struggle to protect her daughter -- for whom this book was written -- from a condition that leaves her unimaginably vulnerable to life's myriad dangers. Seventeen discrete encounters with Maggie at different ages, in different locations, reveal a whole life in a series of tense, visceral snapshots. In taut prose that vibrates with electricity and restrained emotion, O'Farrell captures the perils running just beneath the surface, and illuminates the preciousness, beauty, and mysteries of life itself.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780525520221
0525520228
Branch Call Number: B O'Farrell 2018
823.914 O31
Characteristics: 288 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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We are never closer to life than when we brush up against the possibility of death. I Am, I Am, I Am is Maggie O'Farrell's astonishing memoir of the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life. The childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, which she was not expect... Read More »


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kennethbhill
Jan 18, 2019

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Maggie O'Farrell's collection of short stories form her memoire that can be described by the quote in her book, "nothing is given, every day is precious, and every moment is a gift." I'm going to have to read more of her writing.

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WoodneathReads
Dec 21, 2018

Told through seventeen near-death experiences, Maggie O'Farrell draws us in to her astonishing, bizarre life with impeccable opening sentences for each essay. Each essay opens with anatomical drawings of the part of the body affected in that essay--lungs, neck, etc. --Taylor (for more of Taylor's suggestions, follow WoodneathTaylor in the catalog)

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Jessi52
Oct 30, 2018

Was not sure what to expect with this book. Not usually a fan of short story collections. These all tie together. What really got me, as I was reading, is just how many close calls I have had in my life, big ones and other ones, that just got brush under the rug, many popped back. Made me want to do a memoir to re visit them.
thanks.

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uncommonreader
Oct 15, 2018

This book has self-contained narratives about O'Farrell's brushes with death which she wrote because her daughter's medical condition results in frequent near death experiences. It made me like who O'Farrell is as a person and I liked her message that life is precious and must be lived each day.

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jasminestea
Sep 29, 2018

I loved this book! I think it is a great way for people who do not normally read non-fiction to get into it-- the short chapters are focused on different parts of the body, and how they connect to the near-death experiences the author has survived. It is an interesting take on death, and makes you consider your own life experiences.
I would, and have been highly recommending this memoir to everyone.

ser_library Sep 19, 2018

beautifully written

samcmar Sep 08, 2018

I absolutely found this book fascinating. It is both scary, and impressive to me that someone could have seventeen brushes with death. What I loved about this story is how O'Farrell weaves her experiences together, reflects on what she learned from them, and how she a lot of these experiences intertwine with each other. This book isn't for the faint of heart, as a few of the stories can be uncomfortable to read. I found this book very poignant and powerful.

TSCPL_ScarlettFH Jul 14, 2018

This book made me grateful that I have not had 17 near death experiences (or certainly not 17 that I'm aware of). At times, I wondered if she was stretching the truth a bit but doing some research online about the author convinced me that the story is genuine. It is beautifully written and has a sadness to it. Like other commenters, I wish the author had included more details about her life outside of these experiences. Still, a compelling read that will make you think with gratitude on the time you've been given.

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WoodneathTaylor
Jun 24, 2018

Told through seventeen near-death experiences, Maggie O'Farrell draws us in to her astonishing, bizarre life with impeccable opening sentences for each essay. Each essay opens up with anatomical drawings of the part of the body being affected in that story- lungs, circulatory system, cerebellum, neck, intestines...you get the idea.

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aday622
Jun 02, 2018

Outstanding book. Got it thinking it was a compilation of 17 different peoples' brushes with death, and quickly discovered it is entirely about the author herself -- a truly creative way to write a memoir. While some 'brushes' are slightly less notable than others, Maggie's writing is captivating from beginning to end. Couldn't put it down.

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