Dreaming: Hard Luck and Good Times in America, by Carolyn See
©1995, Random House

University of California Press (Paperback) $18.95
Barnes and Noble (Paperback) $18.95

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Praise for D R E A M I N G

"Without sensationalism, totally outside the chic-trash mode, Carolyn See writes from way down inside the pain, the depression, and the lies that encumber most American lives. She knows what 'family values' really are, and tells her story with a hard-earned sweetness that transforms the unbearable into clear profit for the reader's mind and heart."--URSULA K. LE GUIN

"I've always thought Carolyn See was one of the most intelligent as well as funniest living writers, and Dreaming is indeed brilliantly intelligent and terrifically funny."--ALICE ADAMS

"Carolyn See, in her singular fashion, captures a throw-away world. It is a class that is neither upper nor middle nor under, simply there, alive with troubles. In so doing, she tells as much about the United States as any commentator around and about today."--STUDS TERKEL

"I read Dreaming with fascination. The inimitable Carolyn See voice is linked now to some sort of historical and familial (what a family!- families!) context."--JOYCE CAROL OATES

"The impact of Carolyn See's dreaming will likely stay in the reader's memory as a singular ode to the human spirit."

"Carolyn See is battling the family demons that grip America by the throat." --BEBE MOORE CAMPBELL

"Autobiography . . . elevated to literature." --JONATHAN KELLERMAN "Dreaming is an unforgettable memoir that shimmers with intelligence, wit, moxie, and a fiercely American spirit of survival. I haven't laughed-or cried-so hard in years."

"I am stunned and completely in awe of the honesty and courage it must have taken to write this book. I would challenge any man who ever dismissed women's writing as being too romantic to read this book and ever feel the same way again." --FANNIE FLAGG

From Publisher's Weekly - Publishers Weekly  
Novelist See recalls the deeply dysfunctional family of alcoholics, addicts, suicides and pornographers with sharp humor. (May)
From Library Journal  
Without self-pity, novelist (Golden Days, LJ 9/15/86), English professor (UCLA), and book critic See here offers a sobering account of drug abuse in her family.
From Linda Gray Sexton - The New York Times Book Review  
The literary shoreline is awash with memoirs written by women, many of them survivors of some emotional or physical trauma. . . . {This} is an especially absorbing example of the genre. . . . An accomplished novelist, Ms. See brings to this memoir many of the storytelling gifts that are evident in her fiction. . . . But although her detached tone makes many of the horrifying episodes in 'Dreaming' easier to read about, that same emotional remove prevents Ms. See's readers from being as deeply affected by her characters' defeats and victories as we might have been. In spite of the narrative's effusively confiding tone, it does not delve very far beneath the surface of events. . . . This is, indisputably, a memoir that revels in a woman's point of view. Ultimately,though, it reaches out to all Ms. See's readers with its perception and wit.By the close of the book, we have come to empathize not only with our heroine but with her extended family, male and female alike.
From Lisa Alther - Women's Review of Books  
Only a wry sense of humor saves this story from being unbearable. . . . {It is a} fine example of the therapeutic power of the writing process itself, which at its best can function as a kind of exploration and exorcism that ultimately leads to healing