Still Life With Bread Crumbs

Still Life With Bread Crumbs

A Novel

Book - 2014
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Still Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life. Brilliantly written, powerfully observed, Still Life with Bread Crumbs is a deeply moving and often very funny story of unexpected love, and a stunningly crafted journey into the life of a woman, her heart, her mind, her days, as she discovers that life is a story with many levels, a story that is longer and more exciting than she ever imagined.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2014
ISBN: 9781400065752
Branch Call Number: QUI
Characteristics: 252 p. ;,25 cm


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Oct 31, 2017

Sweet and well written but just middle aged chic lit- Harlequin for the senior set. Famous and successful older woman falls on hard times (even though she owns an outrageously expensive apartment in New York) so 'drops out' to a picturesque little cottage in the country and 'finds love' with some hot young lumberjack type in a small town. BARF

May 14, 2017

Photographer from New York must go live in country to try to save money. Learns about life, herself, small town communities.

Mar 02, 2017

Some of us have the ability to make independent choices for a fresh start. The main character, Rebecca does just that but doesn't realize that is whats shes done. She thinks she is giving in, giving up and dropping out of her circle of friends and celebrity status as a photographer. She took an iconic photograph (still life with breadcrumbs) that brought her fame.
Now as she retreats to a rustic cabin in upstate New York she begins to discover that seeing with her camera and her eyes may be two completely different ways of looking at the world. And both introduce her to a new way of being and sharing that makes for a satisfying reading experience. Funny and smart and sad and hopeful.

Dec 29, 2016

A great holiday read. The characters are unique and the story line, while not sizzling, keeps you turning the pages.

Aug 23, 2016

Too hard to get into.

Jun 10, 2016

This book was good, but loosely woven with extraneous side stories.

May 29, 2016

I would describe this book as solidly "ok". This writing is good but not overly compelling. I found myself putting the book down for weeks at a time before picking it up again. The characters are interesting and there were a few surprising twists and turns, but the pay-off was lame. I thought the conclusion was underwhelming and seemed a little too sacchariney sweet for a wrap up. I might give another one of her books a try, but it's not high on my list.

Jan 02, 2016

I enjoyed this book. The characters came through difficulty and realized a better life. Pleasantly contrived. Ending was a quick "tie up."

Oct 31, 2015

From the first page, I quickly fell in love with Anna Quindlen's beautiful writing style. Still Life With Bread Crumbs is a lyrical, quiet read that explores the facets of aging, art, love, and solitude.

Jun 29, 2015

An interesting story about a 60 year old photographer who rents a cottage in the country while she rents out her New York flat to earn some money. She meets a younger man and starts a friendship which leads into a romance.

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