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One Hundred Names for Love Review | Books | EW.com

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One Hundred Names for Love | WORDS, WORDS, WORDS One Hundred Names for Love

One Hundred Names for Love

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Diane Ackerman
publisher:
W.W. Norton
genre:
Memoir

We gave it a B+

Throughout their marriage, the author and her writer husband, Paul Smith, expressed their love through poems and puns. Theirs was an affair of words until a stroke snatched Paul’s grasp of language. With her husband reduced to bleating one hopeless syllable — ”mem!” — Ackerman found herself thrust into the most depleting of roles: ”Caregiver. That word should weigh more than others on a page, sag it down a bit and wrinkle it.” In the beginning, One Hundred Names for Love itself sags under the weight of hospital beds and dire prognoses. But the end is a triumph, and their indomitable romance one to envy. B+

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