A Life in Stitches: Knitting My Way Through Love, Loss, and Laughter

Rachael Herron. Chronicle Books, $14.95 trade paper (144p) ISBN 978-1-4521-0053-1
Novelist and blogger Herron isn’t really old enough to write a memoir. But that doesn’t stop her from sharing interesting, sometimes poignant, and often humorous scenes from her life in 20 essays organized around her life-long passion for knitting. Herron, who is young and attractive enough to sit in bars and knit socks without looking like a nut, turns in honest, well-considered appraisals of choices she’s made, turns she’s taken, and people she’s known. It’s a big year for Herron, whose A Cypress Hollow Yarn series (William Morrow) will hit its third installment in October with Wishes and Stitches. She also writes a popular knitting blog, but the essays here are deeper and more polished than pumped-up blog entries. And while the book has a hipster vibe, the personal truths and revelations mined are universal enough to resonate with all ages. For knitters, opening this book will be like curling up on a couch with a pair of needles, a ball of yarn, and a couple of cocktails with a good girlfriend—a guilt-free indulgence in the twin pleasures of friendship and handicrafts. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 09/12/2011
Release date: 08/01/2011
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