I'll Take You There

I'll Take You There

Large Print - 2016
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In this radiant homage to the resiliency, strength, and power of women, Wally Lamb--author of numerous New York Times bestselling novels including She's Come Undone, I Know This Much is True, and We Are Water--weaves an evocative, deeply affecting tapestry of one Baby Boomer's life and the trio of unforgettable women who have changed it.

I'll Take You There centers on Felix, a film scholar who runs a Monday night movie club in what was once a vaudeville theater. One evening, while setting up a film in the projectionist booth, he's confronted by the ghost of Lois Weber, a trailblazing motion picture director from Hollywood's silent film era. Lois invites Felix to revisit--and in some cases relive--scenes from his past as they are projected onto the cinema's big screen.

In these magical movies, the medium of film becomes the lens for Felix to reflect on the women who profoundly impacted his life. There's his daughter Aliza, a Gen Y writer for New York Magazine who is trying to align her post-modern feminist beliefs with her lofty career ambitions; his sister, Frances, with whom he once shared a complicated bond of kindness and cruelty; and Verna, a fiery would-be contender for the 1951 Miss Rheingold competition, a beauty contest sponsored by a Brooklyn-based beer manufacturer that became a marketing phenomenon for two decades. At first unnerved by these ethereal apparitions, Felix comes to look forward to his encounters with Lois, who is later joined by the spirits of other celluloid muses.

Against the backdrop of a kaleidoscopic convergence of politics and pop culture, family secrets, and Hollywood iconography, Felix gains an enlightened understanding of the pressures and trials of the women closest to him, and of the feminine ideals and feminist realities that all women, of every era, must face.

Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2016]
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition
ISBN: 9780062657473
006265747X
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 329 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: I will take you there

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Nov 08, 2018

First time reader of this author. Had to stop about 30 pages in. Although I love dialogue, it was unending. And the chattiness was ultimately irritating to me. Don't know if I'll try any of his other novels.

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lyndacoyle
Jan 09, 2017

So far I have enjoyed each and every one of Wally Lamb's books but this one is a big fat disappointment. I made myself read it, but I couldn't even get halfway, I was sure it would get better but it just didn't. I will however continue to be a fan of his as previously he never let me down!

d2013 Jan 07, 2017

Not a bad read but not his best. Loved his other books though and still a big fan.

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JANET FLAPAN
Dec 22, 2016

This is a fun read but with a little depth. I always enjoy Wally Lamb's books. And I'd like to go back and see myself as a child - wouldn't you? The protagonist learns about his family's history and why it happened the way it did.

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