Still Life With Bread Crumbs

Still Life With Bread Crumbs

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2013
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"Once a world-famous photographer, known for her iconic image, "Still Life with Bread Crumbs, " Rebecca Winter has drifted out of the spotlight, and is now more inclined to think of herself as the Artist Formerly Known as Rebecca Winter. As her income dries up, she decides to leave behind the expensive world she knows in New York City, sublet her apartment, and move to a small, inexpensive cabin in the country, where her life falls into a quieter rhythm. With the help of a local man named Jim Bates, she begins to see the world around her in new, deeper dimensions. At a point in her life when she thought so much was behind her, Rebecca finds herself with a second chance-at life, love, her career, and most important, her understanding of herself" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: Grand Haven, Mich. : Brilliance Audio, p2013.
Edition: Library ed.
ISBN: 9781480533141
Characteristics: 6 sound discs (6 hr., 54 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: MacDuffie, Carrington 1958-


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Jun 07, 2020

Previous works written by Anna Quindelen were enjoyable so I thought I'd give this one a try. The first third of this book was slow and drawn out as Rebecca's life story methodically unfolded, and the characters around her, both present and past, were revealled. Perseverance paid off and I am glad to have stayed with the story through to the end. I came away thinking about several issues like relationships, passage of time, and priorities in life, for life itself is but a snapshot, isn't it? Faith is but a moving target, isn't it? As we wallow in self pity and our own woes, is our lens capturing the needs of others? Little did Quindlen know that the most historically significant photo in recent days would be the moment of George Floyd's murder at the hands of the Minneapolis, Minnisota Police, May 25, 2020. What did that lens truly capture? What does it say about the photographer? Thanks to this book, I'm thinking....

Jan 12, 2019

I enjoyed listening to the book and it kept me coming back to hear more of the story. I think fame is fleeting and Rebecca was experiencing this with loss of revenue and trying to stay relevant and solvent with her photography and it was good to see her evolve. It was a little unbelievable that in the country setting that Rebecca removed herself to that she wasn't in the know for several months about the circumstances of why her lover had left her without a word. She used a technique of jumping forward to explain the future with the, "but that was later" comment which was effective and tied up some loose ends about other characters in the story.

Apr 17, 2017

Rebecca Winter, a once famous photographer, finds herself at 60 scrambling to make ends meet while caring for her elderly parents. As her income declines, she takes the drastic step of renting out her New York City apartment and moving to a small upstate New York town. As she is slowly pulled into the life of this very foreign place, Rebecca discovers some uncomfortable truths about herself, gets another chance at love, and stumbles into a second shot at fame. Quindlen succeeds at showing the reader that life still holds unexpected surprises in the second half of life. The book is the April 2017 selection of the Willa Cather Book Club.

Aug 07, 2014

A delightful story with hope and humor in equal parts. Entertaining and very "real". So nice to read a story about Baby Boomers finding love.

May 31, 2014

I liked it. It was smart, entertaining, and has a happy ending. The dilemma the main character finds herself in is one that many baby boomers share (with the exception, probably, of having been rich, famous, and successful once). Her ability to earn is down, her expenses are up, she is aging, her youth and most of her productivity is behind her. This is discouraging and it is interesting to walk beside her as she contemplates these issues. (Of course, most of us will not get her happy ending.)

Apr 22, 2014

***** stars. At 60, Ms. Quindlen?s complicated heroine, Rebecca Winter, is strong of body and mind, much less so of confidence and bank account. In her 30's, Rebecca made her name with a series of photographs chronicling her domestic life, which were interpreted as landmarks of feminist art. The most famous image in the series, ?Still Life With Bread Crumbs,? featured dirty wineglasses, stacked plates, the torn ends of two baguettes, and a dish towel singed at one corner by the gas stove. Reproduced on postcards, T-shirts and posters, it brought Rebecca unexpected fame. For years she had lived off the reprints and licensing, as well as its reputation. She hadn?t even really noticed how much money it brought in until it disappeared. Now all Rebecca has to show for that early success is her beautiful apartment, overlooking Central Park, bought with the proceeds. Her marriage to a caddish academic dissolved long ago. Her creativity also seems to have fled. In addition she is supporting her parents, one of whom is in a nursing home and does not even recognize Rebecca. In desperation she sublets the apartment at an exorbitant New York rate. This allows her to pay her bills and rent a dilapidated cottage in the countryside. She hopes that she can pull herself together, both financially and artistically. But Rebecca?s crisis is, ultimately, more existential than financial. Marriage and motherhood had fueled her work. The power of those early photographs came from rage, rage at her pompous husband, and rage at herself for being misled into the sort of conventional marriage that involved staying home and cooking complicated French meals for her husband's colleagues and then falling asleep on the couch, leaving behind a flotilla of dirty dishes. The Kitchen Counter series was seen as an iconic moment in women?s art. In fact at the time she took those photographs Rebecca was not making a statement; she was simply exhausted and angry.
Now, for the first time, she needs to make her own way, both professionally and personally. The cottage is a ramshackle mess, and she's unprepared for rural life. She calls in a roofer to help with a raccoon in her attic, and not surprisingly he ends up patching up more than her flashing. She rambles in the woods, often in the company of a neglected runaway dog, who adopts her. She gradually begins seeing things differently. When she stumbles upon a series of mysterious tiny handmade crosses planted in the woods, surrounded by what appear to be a child's mementos, she knows she has hit on a subject that is important. Rebecca needs to produce art in order to live. That she does so comes as no surprise. ***** This is a wonderful book in many ways. I loved the simple beauty of the writing, the wonderfully developed character of Rebecca, the gently unfolding love story, and the intricacies of and joys and tragedies in the lives of the people Rebecca encounters in her new world. Yes, even I enjoyed the romance. This is my favorite book of the year so far!! I RECOMMEND IT HIGHLY!!!


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siammarino Dec 14, 2014

What happens when a born and bred New Yorker leases her apartment in the city to save money and lives alone in a cabin in the woods? She gains a whole new perspective on her art, life, and love. This novel might appeal to a photographer, but it didn't appeal to me. Somehow I couldn't relate to Anna, but I could relate to Jim, her lover who is dealing with the death of a sister who suffered from mental illness.


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