9th Ave: CJ Hauser with Rita Bullwinkel

Thursday, July 14, 2022 - 7:00pm

Cover of CJ Hauser's The Crane Wife. It is on a mauve background, and there is an illustration in the center of a woman wearing a blue sweater pulled over her face. The title is written in large, bright yellow letters.
Join us on Thursday, July 14 at 7pm PT when CJ Hauser celebrates her memoir in essays, The Crane Wife, with Rita Bullwinkel at 9th Ave!

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Praise for The Crane Wife
"In The Crane Wife, Hauser undertakes a new way for her to tell stories from her life, playing with history and personal history, exploring the possible hidden truths in her family's past and her own. The result is like interconnected short stories but about her life, the person she is and was, maybe even the person she never knew herself to be. Funny, exciting, vulnerabletruly visionary."—Alexander Chee, author of Edinburgh and Queen of the Night

"The Crane Wife is about is the power of stories: The ones we are told versus the ones we tell ourselves; how they shape and misshape our expectations; how those stories can both affirm our instincts and estrange us from our deepest yearnings, sometimes at the same time. CJ Hauser is an old soul with a fresh perspective and an energetic, wandering mind."—Jennifer Senior, author of All Joy and No Fun and former New York Times opinion columnist

“Y’all. Read the whole thing. It’s damn good.”—Aminatou Sow, co-author of Big Friendship

About The Crane Wife
“An elegant masterpiece…Wry but also warm and generous.”
—Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Hunger
Time Most Anticipated Book of 2022  CJ Hauser expands on her viral sensation “The Crane Wife” with ​seventeen further essays in this intimate, frank, and funny book about love in the twenty-first century

Ten days after calling off her wedding, CJ Hauser went on an expedition to Texas to study the whooping crane. After a week wading through the gulf, she realized she'd almost signed up to live someone else's life. 
In this intimate, frank, and funny memoir-in-essays, Hauser releases herself from traditional narratives of happiness and goes looking for ways of living that leave room for the unexpected, making plenty of mistakes along the way. She kisses Internet strangers and officiates at a wedding. She rereads Rebecca in the house her boyfriend once shared with his ex-wife and rewinds Katharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story to learn how not to lose yourself in a relationship. She thinks about Florence Nightingale at a robot convention and grief at John Belushi’s rock and roll gravesite, and the difference between those stories we’re asked to hold versus those we choose to carry. She writes about friends and lovers, blood family and chosen family, and asks what more expansive definitions of love might offer us all. 
Told with the late-night barstool directness of your wisest, most bighearted friend, The Crane Wife is a book for everyone whose life doesn't look the way they thought it would; for everyone learning to find joy in the not-knowing; for everyone trying, if sometimes failing, to build a new sort of life story, a new sort of family, a new sort of home, to live in.  

About CJ Hauser
CJ Hauser teaches creative writing at Colgate University. She is the author of two novels, Family of Origin and The From-Aways. In 2019 she published “The Crane Wife” in The Paris Review, which reached more than a million readers all over the world. This is her first work of nonfiction. 

About Rita Bullwinkel
Rita Bullwinkel is the author of the story collection Belly Up, which won the 2018 Believer Book Award. Bullwinkel’s writing has been published in Tin House, The White Review, Conjunctions, BOMB, Vice, NOON, and Guernica. She is a recipient of grants and fellowships from MacDowell, Brown University, Vanderbilt University, Hawthornden Castle, and The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. Her work has been translated into Italian, Greek and Dutch. Both her fiction and translation have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. She is an Editor at Large for McSweeney’s, a Contributing Editor for NOON, and the creator of Oral Florist. She lives in San Francisco and teaches at the California College of the Arts.

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The Crane Wife: A Memoir in Essays Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385547079
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Published: Doubleday - July 12th, 2022

A Time Most Anticipated Book of 2022 CJ Hauser expands on her viral sensation “The Crane Wife” with ​seventeen further essays in this intimate, frank, and funny book about love in the twenty-first century

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ISBN: 9780998518435
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Published: Strange Object - November 15th, 2016

Fiction. BELLY UP is a story collection that contains ghosts, mediums, a lover obsessed with the sound of harps tuning, teenage girls who believe they are actually plants, gulag prisoners who outsmart a terrible warden, and carnivorous churches. Throughout these grotesque and tender stories, characters question the bodies they've been given and what their bodies require to be sustained.

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