Non-fiction book review on “I Came All This Way To Meet You: Writing My Way Home” by Jami Attenberg

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If you’ve ever had a period of travel craving, or perhaps had a wild streak, Jami Attenberg’s memoir I have come all this way to meet you: write to me at home is the perfect selection.

Attenberg, approaching fifty, takes us through much of his life through trips to Italy, Hong Kong and New York. Similar to Rachel Cusk, Attenberg uses her journey as benchmarks to reflect on her injuries and victories. The result is a poignant, but not absurd, assessment of freedom and its own evolving value system.

I loved learning about the Italian and French catacombs as well as an ossuary that captured Attenberg’s fascination as she struggled with her life and what lies beyond the afterlife. I also enjoyed her life as a writer and her study of what this art means to her and to the world in general. Attenberg displays an added love for various bookstores that she lands in as both a speaker and a client, amplifying their importance equal to that of traditional historical sites.

Written both before and after the pandemic, Attenberg finds the perfect place to recognize the socio-political milieu without dwelling on such difficulties. Her take is that life goes on and what really matters are deep friendships, a comfortable base and great literature.

I I have come all this way to meet you: write to me at home is available for pre-sale at BookStore1 12 S. Palm Avenue or through their online store at Publication date January 2022 ISBN number: 9780063039797

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