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How to Make an American Quilt (1991)

por Whitney Otto

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"Remarkable . . . It is a tribute to an art form that allowed women self-expression even when society did not. Above all, though, it is an affirmation of the strength and power of individual lives, and the way they cannot help fitting together."--The New York Times Book Review An extraordinary and moving novel, How to Make an American Quilt is an exploration of women of yesterday and today, who join together in a uniquely female experience. As they gather year after year, their stories, their wisdom, their lives, form the pattern from which all of us draw warmth and comfort for ourselves. The inspiration for the major motion picture featuring Winona Ryder, Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn, and Maya Angelou Praise for How to Make an American Quilt "Fascinating . . . highly original . . . These are beautiful individual stories, stitched into a profoundly moving whole. . . . A spectrum of women's experience in the twentieth century."--Los Angeles Times "Intensely thoughtful . . . In Grasse, a small town outside Bakersfield, the women meet weekly for a quilting circle, piercing together scraps of their husbands' old workshirts, children's ragged blankets, and kitchen curtains. . . . Like the richly colored, well-placed shreds that make up the substance of an American quilt, details serve to expand and illuminate these characters. . . . The book spans half a century and addresses not only [these women's] histories but also their children's, their lovers', their country's, and in the process, their gender's."--San Francisco Chronicle "A radiant work of art . . . It is about mothers and daughters; it is about the estrangement and intimacy between generations. . . . A compelling tale."--The Seattle Times… (mais)
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This is a really nice book. It seems to be somewhere between a collection of short stories and a novel. Separate stories with shared characters and places. The author's tone is very comforting and comfortable to read and can very gently sneak emotions up on you.

Based around a diverse group of women in a California town we see each of them growing up and living with changing attitudes to gender and race and the expectations and judgement of society. This is the kind of really thoughtful book that subtly highlights how easy I can have it as a white male without pushing anything. It's great to see those different viewpoints in a way that is quite easy to connect with.

I didn't finish it thinking "wow, I need to read that again" but I'm glad that I have read it. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 2021 |
I like the book, just not as much as the movie. In this case I feel like the movie actually had more detail and story line. Finn is barely mentioned in the book. The histories of the quilters are pretty much the same in the book and the movie from what I can remember anyway, which I liked. I haven't seen the movie in a long time though so I will definitely be watching it again soon to compare more. ( )
  KeriLynneD | Jul 3, 2020 |
I like the book, just not as much as the movie. In this case I feel like the movie actually had more detail and story line. Finn is barely mentioned in the book. The histories of the quilters are pretty much the same in the book and the movie from what I can remember anyway, which I liked. I haven't seen the movie in a long time though so I will definitely be watching it again soon to compare more. ( )
  KeriLynneD | Mar 23, 2019 |
quilt making technique bind together women in small Calif. town - Excellent

An extraordinay and moving reading experience, How To Make An American Quilt is an exploration of women of yesterday and today, who join together in a uniquely female experience. As they gather year after year, their stories, their wisdom, their lives, form the pattern from which all of us draw warmth and comfort for ourselves.
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  christinejoseph | Dec 31, 2015 |
Didn't finish this one ( )
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"Remarkable . . . It is a tribute to an art form that allowed women self-expression even when society did not. Above all, though, it is an affirmation of the strength and power of individual lives, and the way they cannot help fitting together."--The New York Times Book Review An extraordinary and moving novel, How to Make an American Quilt is an exploration of women of yesterday and today, who join together in a uniquely female experience. As they gather year after year, their stories, their wisdom, their lives, form the pattern from which all of us draw warmth and comfort for ourselves. The inspiration for the major motion picture featuring Winona Ryder, Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn, and Maya Angelou Praise for How to Make an American Quilt "Fascinating . . . highly original . . . These are beautiful individual stories, stitched into a profoundly moving whole. . . . A spectrum of women's experience in the twentieth century."--Los Angeles Times "Intensely thoughtful . . . In Grasse, a small town outside Bakersfield, the women meet weekly for a quilting circle, piercing together scraps of their husbands' old workshirts, children's ragged blankets, and kitchen curtains. . . . Like the richly colored, well-placed shreds that make up the substance of an American quilt, details serve to expand and illuminate these characters. . . . The book spans half a century and addresses not only [these women's] histories but also their children's, their lovers', their country's, and in the process, their gender's."--San Francisco Chronicle "A radiant work of art . . . It is about mothers and daughters; it is about the estrangement and intimacy between generations. . . . A compelling tale."--The Seattle Times

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