Hard to Love: Essays and Confessions

Hard to Love: Essays and Confessions

A sharp and entertaining essay collection about the importance of multiple forms of love and friendship in a world designed for couples, from a laser-precise new voice. Sometimes it seems like there are two American creeds, self-reliance and marriage, and neither of them is mine. I experience myself as someone formed and sustained by others' love and patience, by student lo A sharp and entertaining essay collection about the importance of multiple forms of love and friendship in a world de...

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Title:Hard to Love: Essays and Confessions
Author:Briallen Hopper
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Genres:Writing
ISBN:1632868806
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Hard to Love: Essays and Confessions Reviews

  • Rachel
    Feb 22, 2019
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  • Brooke
    Apr 14, 2018
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  • Samira
    Feb 09, 2019
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  • Briallen Hopper
    May 15, 2018
    The best book I've ever written! ...
  • Suzanna
    Sep 06, 2017
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  • (a)lyss(a)
    Mar 24, 2019
    I really wanted to like this book, it was on me for thinking it was something different. I appreciate that this book is raw and open and honest. Diving into the life of Hopper and her experience with codependency and how romantic love isn't the ultimate goal. It's a bit of a dense r...
  • Thomas
    Mar 24, 2019
    In some ways I feel like I have waited for this essay collection all my life. In Hard to Love, Briallen Hopper rejects the rigid dichotomy so often enforced in society: marry your romantic partner and live happily ever after, or grow old and die alone. Hopper trail blazes a courageous ...
  • Anna Meaney
    Apr 02, 2019
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  • Sarah
    Apr 01, 2019
    The first essay was great! The rest were fine, but took too much time relating a theme to a book, movie, or TV show, sometimes spending several pages describing their plots. That's not what I was looking for. ...
  • Sraah
    Nov 21, 2018
    this helped me a lot when i needed it most. so many quotes really stood out to me. this book gave me strength in myself that kept trying to hide its face from my own self. i also really enjoyed learning about Cheers. "The paradox was that my newfound self-reliance was a symptom of m...
  • Keri Walsh
    Jan 17, 2019
    What could happen if we declared and even celebrated our mutual dependency on our friends and siblings, or on our church, work, political and other communities? What if we acknowledged the deep meaning we derive from our feelings for the books and movies and television that are most de...
  • Cristy
    Mar 27, 2019
    3.5 stars ...
  • Susannah
    Feb 25, 2019
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  • Morgan Schulman
    Apr 04, 2019
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  • Cara
    Mar 31, 2019
    I so enjoyed the company of this book. ...
  • Jessica Roberts
    Feb 17, 2019
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  • Adam Armstrong
    Jan 21, 2019
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  • Alfred Pilong
    Mar 21, 2019
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  • Emily Johnson
    Feb 07, 2019
    This book is beautiful, searing, and helped me to think about love and friendship in new ways. If you are a human who knows other humans, you should read it. ...
  • Emily Pillinger-Avlamis
    Sep 06, 2017
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  • SB Key
    Sep 06, 2017
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  • Emma Eisenberg
    Oct 24, 2018
    If Carrie Bradshaw were v much smarter, more intersectional & more anti-racist & capitalist, this might be the book she'd write. We are in need of all the narratives about lives that do not proceed along a coupling, marriage, & baby track & Hopper's are better than most...
  • Yvonne Sosa
    Apr 07, 2019
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  • Lydia Wang
    Apr 11, 2019
    the essay on sperm banks / moby dick will stay with me for awhile, but not sure any of the others left a very positive or negative impression ...
  • Katie Bennett
    Apr 14, 2019
    I loved it so freakin much. Hopper writes with as much intelligence as the best (Sontag, Solnit, Didion), but also with a kind of light touch and personableness that?s sometimes lacking from the very smart but very formal famous essayists. The collection focuses on relationships that...
  • Sarah AR
    May 16, 2018
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  • James Steichen
    Aug 07, 2018
    I?ve been reading Briallen Hopper?s insightful prose for many years, and I?m excited to see all of her best work in one beautiful volume. Imagine if an Anne-of-Green-Gables-esque young woman grew up in late twentieth-century Washington state, wrote a dissertation on Uncle Tom?...
  • Hannah Celeste
    Mar 31, 2019
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  • Lindsey Centrella
    Feb 18, 2019
    In our society, women are taught at an early age that the ultimate goal in life is to find true love and marry, and those who fail will be unhappy and feel unfulfilled. Through a series of experiences and critical analysis, Hopper reaffirms that love is not just romantic love, and a li...
  • KayW4
    Mar 03, 2019
    Full disclosure: I know the author, and I am mentioned in the acknowledgements (thanks Bri!). And let me tell you what an enormous relief it is that I am able to review this book after all. Because I decided a long time ago that I wouldn't review books by people I know if I don't love ...