The ticking is the bomb : a memoir

by Flynn, Nick, 1960-

Format: Print Book 2010
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PS3556.L894 Z468 2010
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PS3556.L894 Z468 2010
CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PS3556.L894 Z468 2010
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PS3556.L894 Z468 2010
Northland Public Library Biography B FLYNN
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Biography
Call Number  B FLYNN
In 2007, during the months before Nick Flynn's daughter's birth, his growing outrage and obsession with torture, exacerbated by the Abu Ghraib photographs, led him to Istanbul to meet some of the Iraqi men depicted in those photos. Haunted by a history of addiction, a relationship with his unsteady father, and a longing to connect with his mother who committed suicide, Flynn artfully interweaves in this memoir passages from his childhood, his relationships with women, and his growing obsession--a questioning of terror, torture, and the political crimes we can neither see nor understand in post-9/11 American life. The time bomb of the title becomes an unlikely metaphor and vehicle for exploring the fears and joys of becoming a father. Here is a memoir of profound self-discovery--of being lost and found, of painful family memories and losses, of the need to run from love, and of the ability to embrace it again.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Flynn continues the saga of his battle with the demons he inherited from his mother, who committed suicide, and his alcoholic, ex-con, sometimes homeless father, the focus of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City (2004). In this finely crafted mosaic of edgy beauty, ambushing drama, and unsparing reflections, Flynn wrestles with the questions of how and why we hurt each other and ourselves, and what pain does to us. Flynn examines his struggles with addiction, his problematic relationships with women, his father's last days, his experiences as an itinerant poet in New York City's public schools, and the impending arrival of his first child within the maelstrom of horrors, grotesquely documented, rising out of Abu Ghraib. When he travels to Istanbul to help collect testimonies of the Iraqi men detained for dubious reasons, tortured, and photographed, he is forced to confront the mystery of brutality. Haunted, compassionate, fearful of failing as a parent, Flynn pursues the deeply disturbing subject of torture into unexpected spheres, seeking understanding of our obsession with power, acceptance of suffering, and transcendent resilience.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Award-winning poet/author Flynn (Another Bullshit Night in Suck City) uses his daughter's imminent birth as a springboard to examine personal and political shakiness. Flynn jumps back and forth in covering his rocky childhood (his parents: a distraught, hard-living single mother; an ex-con, mentally wrecked father who was largely absent from Flynn's childhood), his struggles with women and sobriety, and adjusting to his daughter's arrival. Throughout this swirl of heartache and introspection, Flynn becomes obsessed with torture and America's acceptance of it after the infamous photos from Abu Ghraib are released. It's clear that Flynn is lost in his own life, and that he needs to find himself, or at least some stability, not just for his daughter's benefit but for his own. The accompanying narrative structure may isolate those who prefer a more straight-ahead style-the poetic interludes and scattered focus are sometimes more distracting than artistic-but Flynn's life is so volcanic and his writing style so kinetic and punchy that others will be drawn into this gripping personal narrative. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Flynn, Nick, -- 1960-
Poets, American -- Biography.
Publisher New York :W. W. Norton & Co.,2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 283 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780393068160 (hardcover)
0393068161 (hardcover)
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