Life Breaks In: A Mood Almanack by Mary CappelloLife Breaks In: A Mood Almanack by Mary Cappello

Life Breaks In: A Mood Almanack

byMary Cappello

Hardcover | October 21, 2016

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Some books start at point A, take you by the hand, and carefully walk you to point B, and on and on.
This is not one of those books. This book is about mood, and how it works in and with us as complicated, imperfectly self-knowing beings existing in a world that impinges and infringes on us, but also regularly suffuses us with beauty and joy and wonder. You don’t write that book as a linear progression—you write it as a living, breathing, richly associative, and, crucially, active, investigation. Or at least you do if you’re as smart and inventive as Mary Cappello.
What is a mood? How do we think about and understand and describe moods and their endless shadings? What do they do to and for us, and how can we actively generate or alter them? These are all questions Cappello takes up as she explores mood in all its manifestations: we travel with her from the childhood tables of “arts and crafts” to mood rooms and reading rooms, forgotten natural history museums and 3-D View-Master fairytale tableaux; from the shifting palette of clouds and weather to the music that defines us and the voices that carry us.  The result is a book as brilliantly unclassifiable as mood itself, blue and green and bright and beautiful, funny and sympathetic, as powerfully investigative as it is richly contemplative.
“I’m one of those people who mistrusts a really good mood,” Cappello writes early on. If that made you nod in recognition, well, maybe you’re one of Mary Cappello’s people; you owe it to yourself to crack Life Breaks In and see for sure.
Mary Cappello is professor of English and creative writing at the University of Rhode Island and the author of a number of books, including Awkward: A Detour and Swallow: Foreign Bodies, Their Ingestion, Inspiration, and the Curious Doctor Who Extracted Them.  
Title:Life Breaks In: A Mood AlmanackFormat:HardcoverDimensions:408 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.3 inPublished:October 21, 2016Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:022635606X

ISBN - 13:9780226356068


Table of Contents

On the Street Where You Live

Mood of Perfect Kinship
Mood Modulations
Of Clouds and Moods
Gong Bath
Sonophoto: Boy Screaming

Is It Possible to Die of a Feeling?
The Flower Inclines toward Blue
They’re Playing Our Song
Mood Questionnaire
In a Studious Mood

Life Breaks In
Mood Rooms
Miniature Verandas and Voluminous Velvet Forms
Synesthesia for Orphaned Boys
Picture Books

Mood Telephony
The Tic-Tic-Tic of a Dime Hitting the Floor
Sounding Repetitions
The Sounds That Seals Make
The Exciting or Opiatic Effect of Certain Words
Arrangement for Voice and Interiors
Sonorous Envelopes

Notes and Sources
Playlist of Music or Sound Works (With Links to YouTube Recordings)
Photo Credits and Content Descriptions

Editorial Reviews

"Learned, rigorous, and at times intimate and devastating."