Book Review: Reading Lips: A Memoir of Kisses – Claudia Sternbach

Title: Reading Lips: A Memoir of Kisses
Author: Claudia Sternbach
ISBN: 9781609530372
Pages: 224
Release Date: April 5, 2011
Publisher: Unbridled Books
Genre: Memoir, Essays, Non-Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

In this book of essays from Claudia Sternbach, the author frames important experiences and relationships in her life through the memory of kisses.

Review:

In Reading Lips: A Memoir of Kisses, Claudia Sternbach reflects on a life of kisses:  some wanted, some not.  Some on the lips, others on the cheek or head.  Highly anticipated kisses, and those that symbolize more than just a simple gesture.  She starts with her childhood, sharing a bedroom with her younger twin sisters, and eager for some semblance of privacy in her life.  School is not much better – her best friend seems to always be a step ahead of Claudia, knowing exactly what to do and say and wear in order to garner attention and look “cool”.  All Claudia has is the promise that one boy might want to kiss her, and it’s that thought that keeps her going.

As she grows up, kisses take on a new meaning.  The essays in Reading Lips cover Sternbach’s life thus far, and events of all types, from first dates to the funeral of the author’s beloved cousin.  But this isn’t a book about the pivotal moments, at least, not in and of themselves.  Many of the major events of the author’s life are likely represented here, but so are many quieter and smaller remembrances.

The author’s writing style is sharp and pitch perfect for a collection such as this.  Sternbach is witty and injects humor and warmth into these stories.  It’s clear she looks back fondly over the course of her life, and that sentiment shines through in Reading Lips.

I enjoyed Reading Lips and definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a quiet, quick read that will leave you feeling a fuzzy warmth.  The publisher, Unbridled Books, has never steered me wrong in the past, and they definitely have continued that course with this slip of a book.

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Comments

  1. I have this book up for review soon, and I am looking forward to it. Yours is actually the first review I have read, and I am glad that you liked it. It sounds like I will too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.

  2. I have this book up for review soon, and I am looking forward to it. Yours is actually the first review I have read, and I am glad that you liked it. It sounds like I will too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.

  3. I would like to read this one. The review is really good.

  4. I would like to read this one. The review is really good.

  5. Looking forward to this one! Great review.

  6. Looking forward to this one! Great review.

  7. I agree with you about Unbridled Books…they haven’t let me down yet.

  8. I agree with you about Unbridled Books…they haven’t let me down yet.

  9. This sounds like such a fun collection of essays and I love the cover!!

  10. This sounds like such a fun collection of essays and I love the cover!!

  11. You know I love a good memoir! I’m adding this to my wish list.

  12. You know I love a good memoir! I’m adding this to my wish list.

  13. This book has sounded charming in every review I’ve read so far. I like that it focuses on both big and small moments — memoirs are nice ways to do that.

  14. This book has sounded charming in every review I’ve read so far. I like that it focuses on both big and small moments — memoirs are nice ways to do that.

  15. What an interesting theme!.. I love memoirs too.. Adding it to my TBR.

  16. What an interesting theme!.. I love memoirs too.. Adding it to my TBR.

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