Not Lost (2020)

Not Lost Memoir is not what this thing is It is just a true story Except for the parts that are enormous staggering lies At once brazen and terrified Sarah Maria Griffin s hilarious and beautifully written s
  • Title: Not Lost
  • Author: Sarah Maria Griffin
  • ISBN: 9781848403024
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Paperback
  • Not Lost
    Memoir is not what this thing is It is just a true story Except for the parts that are enormous, staggering lies At once brazen and terrified, Sarah Maria Griffin s hilarious and beautifully written story opens a doorway into the interior life of the Celtic Tiger cubs who have left Ireland to escape the recession in search of prosperity.Thrown into life 5000 miles aw Memoir is not what this thing is It is just a true story Except for the parts that are enormous, staggering lies At once brazen and terrified, Sarah Maria Griffin s hilarious and beautifully written story opens a doorway into the interior life of the Celtic Tiger cubs who have left Ireland to escape the recession in search of prosperity.Thrown into life 5000 miles away from home, Sarah s tale echoes that of many of her generation, forced to forge new lives and build new homes and relationships on distant shores She describes in open, honest detail her experience of her first year in San Francisco a year of struggle and strife, of newness and oddness, of adventure and excitement, of loneliness and despair, but also of incredible fun, happiness and joy.Not Lost is a book about growing up, about friendship, about love, about life and living it well It is by turns heartbreaking, funny, tender and gutsy Assured but never cocky, it marks Sarah Maria Griffin as one of the major new voices of her generation.
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    1. For a book that is about stories the stories we tell each other, and the stories we tell ourselves I think that it s apt that this one came into my life with a story.Not Lost is the memoir of a Dublin girl in San Francisco yet I crossed paths with her as a Glasgow girl in Brooklyn, where she was performing at a spoken word event for erotic literature based on Lord of the Rings She didn t win, and we didn t meet, but her story was the best of the night and after that we struck up a very 21st cent [...]

    2. This review first appeared on Cornflakegirl s Musings I first came across Sarah Maria Griffin s writing online I read and enjoyed some of her essays and articles, including her food column for The Coven, so when I discovered she had written a book about her first year living in the US I couldn t wait to read it.Memoir is not what this thing is It is just a true story Except for the parts that are enormous staggering lies.Not Lost tells the story of a year in Sarah Maria Griffin s life The year s [...]

    3. A modest yet vivid account of a life in San Francisco via Dublin.This part made me cry So just an hour or four, and just a drink or six, we can kind of forget how scary adulthood is, how sad it is that friendship takes so long to build and forge and perfect, then you have to move away to try and build a life How sad it is that friendship isn t enough to keep anyone in one place, not these days How strange to not know when you ll all be on one land mass again, who ll be the next one in a lifeboat [...]

    4. This is a really lovely book I may be biased, as I knew the author and several of the people mentioned within in many moons ago.But this story is full of tender recollections, it is joyful and very alive I think a lot of people can really relate to elements of her story, although it will obviously resonate most with those who have experienced emigration.

    5. I loved this book I snorted with laughter and said, me, too, often while reading it Dublin and San Fran are written with new slants and from the eyes of treasure hunter Even the Griffin s hunt for a hair dryer at the beginning of her new SF life is witty and, god, so relatable.

    6. Read this book just when I moved to the US , around 2013, for two years and really empathized with the story Must read if you are away from home or just came back

    7. I m not normally one for memoirs, mainly because I rarely read outside my own genre of fantasy and when I get stuck into an autobiography I keep looking for strangeness and dragons.Full disclaimer I do know the author, but we do tend to beat lumps out of each others work when we come across it so this isn t a review for a friend, this is thoughts on the book.I thoroughly enjoyed it Where it stands out is in its ability to make the normal weird and unworldly a useful trait for a memoir of familia [...]

    8. There s always this small tinge of fear when you read a book written by someone you personally know, in the sense of What if I don t like this book How will I face them when it s over However, writing a review about a book written by someone you know is really difficult so bear with me for a moment, while I try to collect my thoughts and make sense of them.I met Sarah for the first time around three years ago, emotionally I was feeling some of the things she writes about in the book, it was the [...]

    9. I came across this author s writing online and enjoyed her work, so I was excited to see that she had a book coming out Happily for me, Not Lost than fulfilled my expectations This memoir beautifully captures all that can occur in the life of a young woman beginning to make her way in the world This is a story that we can all relate to of one s first, breathless, terrifying, exciting steps into the world It is a love letter as well, to Dublin and to San Francisco and the messy magnetism that pu [...]

    10. I loved this book I do not know the author but do know a couple of the people mentioned in the book As the parent of young people who moved from Dublin to San Francisco I got a huge insight and understanding of what it is like for young people to make the big move I found myself cheering Sarah on when things were good and feeling sad for her when she struggled with some of the changes in her life All in all a great read for anyone moving abroad for the first time and indeed for their parents and [...]

    11. Full of quiet observations, good wisdom, dry wit really good words about leaving home, about the domesticity of a new place, the importance of food streets ordinary adventures I had several serious bursts of emotional recognition, I cried a couple times, I laughed a couple This is beautifully written made me miss all the people I love who ve left home.

    12. I was really drawn to this book as I am part of the author s generation and left Ireland around the same time but while there were certain parts that I loved including the author s unusual, poetic style I felt I couldn t quite connect with this book, perhaps I projected too much of my own experiences on to it The blurb describes this as a story which opens a doorway into the interior life of the Celtic Tiger cubs who have left Ireland to escape the recession in search of prosperity I felt it onl [...]

    13. A gorgeous book that fills me with nostalgia and homesickness from a city I barely know, and a city I ve never been to.I can t quite describe with words the way Sarah writes It s the kind of writing that welcomes you after a bad day real and witty and as comforting as a blanket straight out of the dryer.It s a story of finding yourself and tripping up along the way Of adulthood and 6am cat alarms, it s a raw and beautiful capturing of life when you re trying to find your way.I couldn t recommend [...]

    14. i love how unapologetically Irish this is, how it made me so nostalgic for a city that i still live in, and how much of window it opened into a place i have never been before and all of the emotions that come with it.

    15. Emigration, the quintessential Irish story, a right of passage of discovery of friendship of loss hope Sarah Griffin chose San Francisco as the destination for her journey from the Wild West of Europe to THE Wild West.The story of her 1st year is told beautifully, her style modern, engaging, conversational, poetic, honest funny Anyone who has left their country of birth should find much to relate to nod along conspiratorially.A deffo recommendation

    16. I finally started reading NOT LOST by Sarah Maria Griffin last night and I couldn t put it down, despite several pressing deadlines It is a beautifully written, honest, visceral read anyone who has ever been an emigrant needs to buy this book.

    17. Great memoir about being a foreigner in a strange land Making the jump because you have to or you ll wither on the vine.

    18. This book made me laugh and cry It put into words the complexities of leaving home and of being home and of new homes Highly recommended.

    19. I m delighted to have read this book It s quirky and weird and written for anyone living lived or losing someone to someplace abroad I recommend it highly.

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