[UCP Books]: Life Breaks In

A brilliantly creative tour of our moods—what they are, how we think about them, and how they make us human

“In these captivating essays, which meld memoir, philosophical meditations, and reports from excursions far, deeply interior, and wide, Cappello explores the abstract, amorphous notion of mood. . . . Cappello’s fresh inquisitiveness and surprising trains of thought may well remind readers of the ruminative writings of Adam Phillips or Alain de Botton. An illuminating celebration of enveloping moments of being.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review


Life Breaks In

A Mood Almanack
Mary Cappello


Publication date: November 15, 2016 978-0-226-635606-8
International publication date: 14 November, 2016 $29.00/£20.50

“Are we sometimes not astonished by the beautiful futility of encountering some sudden fugitive moment that renders us so vulnerable to ‘unanticipated forms’: of perhaps an inner light or an inner dark? Here, with Mary Cappello’s ravishing prose, lies a vibrating scalpel that intricately parts the belly of little swirling vertigos that we have no name for but know so deeply.”

The Brothers Quay

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.


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