The Slippery Year

We are all so curious Hungry for the truth If only we could ask the questions we really want to ask of each other and get the real answers Like how many times a month do you have sex What prescription drugs are you on Are you happy Really happy Happy enough For anybody who has ever wondered privately Is this all there is, Melanie Gideon s poignant, hilarious, exub We are all so curious Hungry for the truth If only we could ask the questions we really want to ask of each other and get the real answers Like how many times a month do you have sex What prescription drugs are you on Are you happy Really happy Happy enough For anybody who has ever wondered privately Is this all there is, Melanie Gideon s poignant, hilarious, exuberant meditation, The Slippery Year, chronicles a year in which she confronts both the fantasies of her receding youth and the realities of midlife with a husband, a child, and a dog one of whom runs away She reflects on the exigencies of domesticity the need for a household catastrophe plan, the fainting spell occasioned by the departure of her nine year old son for camp, the mattress wars, and the carpool line With tenderness, unsparing honesty, and uproarious wit, Gideon brings us back again and again to the sweetness of ordinary pleasures and to life s most enduring satisfactions She captures perfectly that moment right before everything changes and the things we have loved forever begin to fall away for the first time.The Slippery Year is the story of a woman s quest to reignite passion, beauty, and mystery and discover if happily ever after is a possibility after all.
The Slippery Year We are all so curious Hungry for the truth If only we could ask the questions we really want to ask of each other and get the real answers Like how many times a month do you have sex What prescription

  • Title: The Slippery Year
  • Author: Melanie Gideon
  • ISBN: 9780307270672
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Slippery Year”

    1. I'm not real big on memoirs. My reading tastes tend more toward escapism, which you may have already noted. This memoir, however, I could not put down. Melanie Gideon did not get lost on a mountain climbing expedition (she DID fall off her bike though) or get breast cancer (she scratched her cornea) or leave her marriage and move to Europe (she camped in the driveway, almost). This book is about being a mom and a wife and yourself all at the same time, and keeping your sense of humor, and laughi [...]

    2. I liked this book and would give it 2.5 stars. Very quick read, funny, clever, sharp writing (which I like). However, it is NOT what it billed itself to be. It's not one womans quest for anything. It was simply a series of essays from a year of her life. There were a few instances where I thought she might be "going somewhere" with common mid-life issues and then it would end and she wouldn't address it again. So, it could have been so much more but with a funny viewpoint but it didn't happen. A [...]

    3. I expected a bit more depth from this book based on reviews I read and the general description, but it turned out to be a rather vapid account of one middle class woman's struggle with, among other things, her husband's purchase of a van as part of his mid-life crisis. Disappointing.

    4. When I read the introduction to this book, I was pretty intrigued. It sounded really relate-able, and I'm always interested in stories about marriage and motherhood. However, the book didn't really deliver, although there are some nuggets of profound truth scattered throughout.

    5. I loved this. Like other reviewers I'll say that it's a memoir but nothing crazy happens. She's a middle aged woman happily married with a son. We read in chapters named by the month about a year where she describes her coming to terms with life and how she's a little nutty and I think I just completely related to her when she said her family eats dinner standing up very casual, that she doesn't cook and that when her husband asks, has she thought about dinner, she loves that she knows that he m [...]

    6. I read this all in one sitting, devouring the chapters like chips, because of writing like this:"There's this strange phenomenon. An hour after you've put your children to sleep, the ways in which you have wronged them sprawl out on your chest, all two hundred and fifty pounds of them, and suck the breath right out of you. It works the same way with gratitude. An hour after your family has left the house, you love them with a piercing intensity that was nowhere to be found when you were scraping [...]

    7. An enjoyable reflection written by a 44-year old mother & wife trying to determine what is important in life, and what it means to be happy with the life you find yourself in. It’s her uplifting and funny story of how she deals with her husband’s midlife crisis when he buys an atrocious-looking camper RV that he insists on parking in the driveway of their affluent suburb, or tries to recapture her passionate feelings for this otherwise-practical husband who insists on wearing a safety he [...]

    8. I really enjoyed this! It's a "mom memoir". like a journal of the year her only son is 9. The family is close, but she's seeing the beginning of him becoming more independent. She's wondering if this is all there is to life, and is she truly happy. Her style is funny and easy to read. I feel like I could be her friend, though I did think she was a bit whiny about things and didn't see how lucky she truly was. I think by the end she realized that. Worth a read! I've read quite a few "mom memoirs" [...]

    9. There are times when one reads a memoir written by someone who is entirely other, and one is able to inhabit that person, understand their motivations, and walk away with a certain understanding. This was not one of those times for me. I didn't get Gideon, I was impatient with her foibles, I was annoyed with her attitudes, and I ended up being glad that my only encounter with her was through the pages of this book.I'm not saying I think she's a bad person, or even a bad writer. I think she's a g [...]

    10. This is another one of those books, a bit like _Helping me help myself_, Hyperchondriac and _Up for Renewal_, where there are some very funny parts, but the author also portrays themselves as so dysfunctional you just want to smack them. Why is it that I keep finding these books, often written by local women no less, that tell the story of educated people who can't manage to clean their toilet more than once a year, or, in the case of this book, make their 9 year old bathe regularly? Maybe they [...]

    11. So I really found the author incredibly tiresome in the beginning, but she increasingly grew on me. I adored the son and husband, but the wife. . . meh. A bit too jokey, a bit too consciously annoying. Nevertheless, it was a well crafted read. And the best kind of book: the kind you devour in one day, a couple subway rides. I can't say I strongly recommend it, but for anyone who needs to take themselves a little less seriously and read something more substantial than a self-help magazine article [...]

    12. I am a big fan of the memoir-of-a-normal-person genre. This one was sweet and enjoyable and a good use of a couple of hours of your time, but it didn't deliver what was promised. The reviews led you to believe that Gideon woke up from her sheltered, maybe-too-comfortable life and started taking risks again. This did not happen, but she did write some funny and endearing essays on being a 40-something California mom.

    13. Gave up on this one, after too many more-of-the-same chapters. The author has an appealing writing style and I feel as if I'd like her personally, but the book is a grab bag of her experiences with theoretically are organized around some sort of being-present theme, but really are just shoved together in amusing but insubstantial essays.

    14. I liked this book. In so many ways she puts into words what all of us think from time to time. I appreciate her keeping it real. I laughed and cried.

    15. Great memoir about a 40-something woman's ordinary life - made me LOL several times on my recent DC trip! Her description of divorced (p. 137) is so right on target, I wish I'd written it myself.

    16. So This is one of those books where the description on the inside cover says one thing, but the content itself is something totally different, and even though Melanie Gideon's essays are well-written with moments of absolute clarity and truth, I was expecting to read about a 40-something mother rediscovering herself and life after having one of those "What am I doing?" moments in the school's carpool lane.Those moments always happen in carpool lanes. Or after leaving the grocery store. The mund [...]

    17. "There have been times in my life when I envied Bodhi. The day we brought Ben home from the hospital, for instance, and he cried for six hours without stopping until I screamed, 'What the fuck have we done!' at my husband. Bodhi heaved a big I-told-you-having-this-baby-was-a-bad-idea sigh and went upstairs and stayed upstairs until Ben turned two.Things I do not envy about Bodhi: he has had to eat the same thing day in and day out for thirteen years; he has never had dinner at Dona Tomas; he has [...]

    18. I think if you happen to be a parent, particularly a mom, a worrier, or an over thinker you'd probably rate this book a 5 star. I'm not a mom, not so much a worrier, and tend not to think too much about any one subject and I still found lots that made me laugh out loud, or stop and reread. This is the memoir of a woman worried that the worst will happen, worried that disaster might strike at any moment, that she should have a disaster plan for every contingency but she doesn't. She's worried tha [...]

    19. I connected with Melanie Gideon right off; she's a transplanted New Englander living in California. She gets the joke of Chez Panisse and Alice Waters serving very wholesome and boringly tasteless food; I mean you could get that in a New England Boiled Dinner for a heck of a lot less! And she's funny. Melanie Gideon makes me laugh out loud, because she nails life.Her husband is all about terrific food, gourmet food, good food and Melanie Gideon just doesn't care that much about food. She prefers [...]

    20. Én balga gondoltam ebben a nagy hőségben nem kell komoly tartalommal bíró könyvet olvasni, csak lazát. A borítóját elnézve valami beszólogatós, humoros kötetet vártam, a hátoldalon azt írja az Elle, hogy az otthon melege árad a könyvből…a The Daily Beast szerint végre egy könyv, amiből megértik a férfiak, hogy mire vágyik egy nő…a New York Post szerint pedig olyan dolgokról ír, amikkel sokan tudnak azonosulni… Hát kedves Elle magazin ha ilyen otthonom lenne, a [...]

    21. I loved this book and feel like the author and I are leading parallel lives. There are a few geographical adjustments because she is in CA and I am the Midwest, but she could be writing about my life! She has a tough time as a lacrosse mom; my own initiation as a hockey mom was also a little rocky.She doesn't actually enjoy her dinner at the exclusive restaurant with organically grown, simply prepared food. I don't participate in the locally grown co-op that friends encourage us to join. My 6 ye [...]

    22. An interesting memoir of a normal American woman who is struggling with the realities of "happily ever after". This definitely would strike a bigger chord with women in the 35-50 age range with at least one child, but I definitely found a number of anecdotes funny and relatable. Where I think Gideon loses some credibility is in her seeming need to assert herself as upper middle class over and over and over again--it reads a little insecure. I think she has a lot of universal truths that many wom [...]

    23. another middle class malcontented mommy memoir. not really breaking any new ground or offering any fresh insights. not really memorable in any way once the book has been finished. the author has a nice dry wit, & there were some funny bits in here, but it seemed almost like accidental humor. i guess that beats a naturally unfunny person trying too hard to make me laugh, buti really have no feelings about this book. the subtitle makes me think she was maybe going for something more philosophi [...]

    24. I have very little in common with Melanie Gideon other than the fact we both live in the Bay Area yet I ate up her book, which outwardly appears to be a memoir about nothing written by a stay at home mom, in a few hours. What we do have in common in that sometimes it feels like the world is slipping by us and a strong need to find insight in everyday life. And I don't think that is an uncommon feeling among women, judging from the success of Elizabeth Gilbert's "Eat, Pray, Love" -which personall [...]

    25. Melanie egy év alatt megpróbál megbarátkozni azzal, hogy vettek egy furgont és hősies kísérletet tesz arra, hogy kempingezni menjen a családjával, hogy elveszítik a kutyájukat, matracot vesznek, biciklizni mennek, hogy a fia lassan felnő. Ben még éppen ott van azon a határon ahol ugyan nyilvánosság előtt már nem viseli el anyja babusgatását, de esténként még bebújik hozzá beszélgetni az ágyba. Melanie ráadásul esendő, sokat izgul, mindenféle katasztrófákra fel [...]

    26. As I've mentioned before, I fancy myself a connoisseur of the Year Memoir. This woman is not. She is neurotic and unlikeable (neurotic I can happily live with -- and do, hahaha! -- but the combination is lethal), and as far as I can tell this book is an account of a calendar year of her being neurotic and unlikeable, as well as grouchy to her husband and helicoptery to her son. I mean, I get that the Arc of Personal Growth is a bit contrived in many of these books, but a little personal growth w [...]

    27. So good. Sometimes I felt like Melanie and I could be twins (or two of a set of triplets since she's already a twin) and other times her thinking was just so different it was bizarre. But she made me laugh and cry - definitely good. That whole section about the woman at Whole Foods who takes forever to get through the checkout line because she has to tell all and sundry about her kids' food allergies and what she's going to cook with the organic arugula she's buying made me die laughing. Because [...]

    28. Enjoyed this, particularly as a former East Bay mother and Mainiac who has experienced 98% of the same places and events (though not the van or mattress fiascos). Fun to see Montclair, Shen Hua, etc. in print. Gideon knows how to craft compelling sentences and I enjoyed her quirky wit - definitely felt the kindred spirit thing. I agree with comments about how the book was marketed/sold. A different experience than what I thought it would be. This was light, fun reading and I would look for anoth [...]

    29. I was about to start another review with complaints about how it started so strong but couldn't keep its momentum. But at some point you have to stop and ask yourself if you keep having the same reaction is the problem the books or is it you? I identified so strongly with her existential angst and feeling of sleepwalking through life. However maybe endless pages droning on and on about her mattress saga isn't a problem, it's The Point. There's not going to be a magic answer tucked away in any of [...]

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