Carol Middleton reviews 'All my Januaries' by Barbara Blackman

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August 2016, no. 383

Carol Middleton reviews 'All my Januaries' by Barbara Blackman

Reviewed by
August 2016, no. 383

Amid the resurgence of the personal essay, Barbara Blackman's volume is a paragon of the genre. It reminds us how much experience, anecdote, and wisdom can be packed into this small format. All My Januaries has thirty-six pieces, darting from the shortest vignette to more digressive accounts of a barefoot Brisbane childhood, a year living in Paris, and a Sydney Olympic torch run at the age of seventy.

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