Other Sites

Heating & Cooling

52 Micro-Memoirs

Beth Ann Fennelly (Author)


"Morning: bought a bag of frozen peas to numb my husband’s sore testicles after his vasectomy. Evening: added thawed peas to our carbonara." —from Heating & Cooling, "Married Love, IV"

The 52 micro-memoirs in genre-defying Heating & Cooling offer bright glimpses into a richly lived life, combining the compression of poetry with the truth-telling of nonfiction into one heartfelt, celebratory book. Ranging from childhood recollections to quirky cultural observations, these micro-memoirs build on one another to arrive at a portrait of Beth Ann Fennelly as a wife, mother, writer, and deeply original observer of life’s challenges and joys. Some pieces are wistful, some wry, and many reveal the humor buried in our everyday interactions. Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs shapes a life from unexpectedly illuminating moments, and awakens us to these moments as they appear in the margins of our lives.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • October 2017
  • ISBN 978-0-393-60947-9
  • 4.8 × 7.6 in / 112 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“Imagine the hundred things you enjoy doing most in the world. Reading Beth Ann Fennelly’s Heating & Cooling is more fun than 95 of them.” — Richard Russo

“Beth Ann Fennelly brings a poet’s sensibility to Heating & Cooling. Each entry is both insightful and precise, a perfect pearl of memory. By marking out these 52 moments, she draws a portrait of a life that is deeply felt and fully awake. I will be the first in line when there are 52 more.” — Ann Patchett

“What better can one writer say about another writer’s work? I wish I’d written it. Heating and Cooling is just that enviable.” — Richard Ford

“Strong and at the same time wonderfully vulnerable. There is a matter-of-fact revelation inherent in her work. I deeply enjoyed this book—deeply.” — Dorothy Allison

“The pieces look like jewels—finely wrought, lyric, and subtle—but they expose themselves as creatures: vital, writhing, surprising, alive. They’re funny as hell. They’ve got a cool wit, but they’re feverish to the touch. They’ve been living inside me ever since I read them, heating and cooling me.” — Leslie Jamison

“[Heating and Cooling] offer[s] insight into . . . the overall human condition. . . . A sleek, delightful collection.” — Kirkus

Also by Beth Ann Fennelly All

  1. Book CoverGreat with Child: Letters to a Young Mother


  2. Book CoverOpen House: Poems


  3. Book CoverTender Hooks: Poems


All Subjects