Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: 9 1/2 Narrow: My Life in Shoes by Patricia Morrisroe



A funny, poignant coming-of-age memoir told through the shoes that she wore.

No doubt this book caught my attention, yes the shoe factor pulled at me. I had to read this memoir to see for myself how Morrisroe incorporated shoes into revealing her life story. Let me say Morrisroe did a wonderful job with both. I’m a shoe diva so her clever blending of shoes in tandem with stages of her life from girlhood to the present was greatly appreciated.

Humorous, touching, the authoress provides a sincere glimpse into her life. Through the pains of childhood, adolescence, first love, loss, sibling issues, you’ll find her story easy to identify with. She also included much information on shoes – from factoids to history which was very interesting, especially if you’re a shoe lover like myself.

Love the bond she shared with her mother, their interaction throughout the years was a laugh, numerous times I found myself laughing out loud reflecting on my own memories of years past.

Wonderful clever memoir of one woman’s interesting life, love and family guaranteed to make you laugh and prod similar moments and instances from your own life.

READ 9 1/2 Narrow EXCERPT

About Patricia Morrisroeimage

atricia Morrisroe grew up in Andover, Massachusetts and graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in English. After spending a year as a reporter and film critic at the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, she received an M.A. in Cinema Studies at NYU. As a contributing editor at New York magazine, she wrote over fifty features, many of them cover stories. Patricia’s work has also appeared in Vogue, Vanity Fair, the New York Times, Departures, Travel & Leisure, and the London Sunday Times Magazine.

In 1988, the noted photographer Robert Mapplethorpe selected her to write his biography. A year later, several months after he died of AIDS, the Corcoran Gallery of Art cancelled the photographer’s “The Perfect Moment” exhibit. This spurred a heated nationwide debate about pornography as art and called into question the extent to which Congress and the NEA should be funding that art. When Mapplethorpe: A Biography was published in 1995, the art critic Arthur C. Danto, in The Nation, called it “utterly admirable… The clarity and honesty of Morrisroe’s portrait are worthy of its’ subject.” The Washington Post declared the book as “mesmerizing as Mapplethorpe’s stare in his self-portraits.”

In 2010, Patricia wrote Wide Awake: A Memoir of Insomnia, which blended science, culture and personal insight to tell the story of why she – and 40 million other Americans – can’t sleep at night. Janet Maslin in the New York Times praised her “deadpan funny” sense of humor, describing the book as a “fine firsthand look at insomniac eccentricities.”


Enter for a chance to win a copy of 9 1/2 Narrow, please complete the giveaway form below. Open to US residents only. Ends 8/4/15


•Hardcover, 256 pages
•Published April 14th 2015 by Gotham
•ISBN13: 9781592409242



Filed under 2015, July, Nonfiction

3 responses to “Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: 9 1/2 Narrow: My Life in Shoes by Patricia Morrisroe

  1. I like to read memoirs from time to time – this sounds delightful!


  2. Sonal Shah

    Hi! I just tried to enter your giveaway but it says it is closed and no longer accepting entries. Maybe the link is incorrect? Thank you!


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