Dog Flowers: A Memoir

January 12, 2021|
Dog Flowers: A Memoir by Danielle Geller
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A daughter returns home to the Navajo reservation to retrace her mother’s life in a memoir that is both a narrative and an archive of one family’s troubled history.
 
“This shattering memoir combines image and text to reveal a portrait of home.”—Elle
 
When Danielle Geller’s mother dies of alcohol withdrawal during an attempt to get sober, Geller returns to Florida and finds her mother’s life packed into eight suitcases. Most were filled with clothes, except for the last one, which contained diaries, photos, and letters, a few undeveloped disposable cameras, dried sage, jewelry, and the bandana her mother wore on days she skipped a hair wash.

Geller, an archivist and a writer, uses these pieces of her mother’s life to try and understand her mother’s relationship to home, and their shared need to leave it. Geller embarks on a journey where she confronts her family''s history and the decisions that she herself had been forced to make while growing up, a journey that will end at her mother''s home: the Navajo reservation.

Dog Flowers is an arresting, photo-lingual memoir that masterfully weaves together images and text to examine mothers and mothering, sisters and caretaking, and colonized bodies. Exploring loss and inheritance, beauty and balance, Danielle Geller pays homage to our pasts, traditions, and heritage, to the families we are given and the families we choose.
Danielle Geller is a writer of personal essays and memoir. She received her MFA in creative writing for nonfiction at the University of Arizona, and a Rona Jaffe Writers'' Award in 2016. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Brevity, and Arizona Highways, and has been anthologized in This Is the Place. She lives with her husband and...
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Title:Dog Flowers: A Memoir
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:272 pages, 9.51 X 6.32 X 0.9 in
Shipping dimensions:272 pages, 9.51 X 6.32 X 0.9 in
Published:January 12, 2021
Publisher:Random House Publishing Group
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781984820396

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