9 1/2 Narrow: My Life in Shoes by Patricia Morrisroe

By Patricia Morrisroe

A humorous, poignant coming-of-age memoir advised in the course of the footwear that she wore.
 
From child booties to orthopedic brogues (and the entire low and high heels in among) sneakers mark very important rites of passage, reminding us of either the nice and undesirable instances: the line no longer taken, the prince that acquired away, the ignored possibilities, the touring, the joys. so much of all, they convey to brain the folk we’ve enjoyed and occasionally misplaced alongside the way.

Combining tidbits of cultural background, Morrisroe chronicles her existence as a bullied Catholic schoolgirl in “Moby Dick” brogues; a besotted collage pupil in granny boots; an aspiring journalist in Annie corridor oxfords; a skeptical bride in her first Manolos; a reluctant fashionista in towering peep-toe pumps; and a involved daughter, whose aged mom was hoping that her New stability footwear could support her regain her outdated stability. With wit and compassion, she introduces us to an unforgettable forged of characters, from her grandfather, who taken care of the relations to mythical foot rubs, to her husband, whose large selection of classic Puma shoes threatened to weigh down their residence and derail their marriage.

Morrisroe’s “coming-of-age” is, at its center, the tale of a new release of ladies who’ve loved an international of freedom and chance that was once unthinkable to their moms. Spanning 5 many years and numerous sneakers tendencies, 9 ½ slim is, like Love, Loss and What I Wore, about how we be mindful vital occasions via a coat, or a gown, or thus, a Beatle boot or affirmation “wedgie.” together with her captivating humorousness and impossible to resist voice, Morrisroe not just recounts her personal tale but in addition everywoman’s. humorous, candid and by surprise poignant, 9 ½ slim is approximately how we develop up, get older, and at last develop into our personal sneakers.

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