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Blair, Joe. By the Iowa Sea: A Memoir of Disaster and Love. Scribner. ISBN9781451636055. $24; ebk. ISBN 9781451636079. MEMOIR
A startling, bleak, and thoroughly honest memoir from husband and father Blair, it documents a flood, a marriage in danger, a family in flux, and an inscrutable but mesmerizing boy whose developmental disabilities make his parents’ life a kind of hell but whose lovely, undulating patterns, which he traces in the dirt of their backyard, will stay with readers long after they finish the book. While the midlife-crisis memoir might seem typical, this one isn’t. (LJ 12/11)—Molly McArdle





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    Blair, Joe. By the Iowa Sea: A Memoir of Disaster and Love. Scribner. ISBN9781451636055. $24; ebk. ISBN 9781451636079. MEMOIR

    A startling, bleak, and thoroughly honest memoir from husband and father Blair, it documents a flood, a marriage in danger, a family in flux, and an inscrutable but mesmerizing boy whose developmental disabilities make his parents’ life a kind of hell but whose lovely, undulating patterns, which he traces in the dirt of their backyard, will stay with readers long after they finish the book. While the midlife-crisis memoir might seem typical, this one isn’t. (LJ 12/11)—Molly McArdle

    See all of Library Journal's Best Books 2012: Top Ten