Melissa Maerz
April 28, 2015 AT 07:40 PM EDT

The Folded Clock

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Heidi Julavits
publisher
Doubleday
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it a B+

After unearthing her childhood diaries, Julavits took up journaling again when she was in her 40s, starting each entry with “Today…” (As in: “Today my friend asked me, ‘Am I crazy?’ ” Or: “Today I flew home from Italy after living for a month with a ghost.”) It’s no accident that so many of her entries describe dinner parties, because Julavits sounds like the ideal dinner-party guest, always regaling you with exotic travel tales, dishy gossip about her friends, and funny stories—such as the time she tried to urinate into an airsickness bag on a plane. At its best, The Folded Clock is what all great diaries end up being: a profound meditation on the passing of time. B+

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