I like a book I can read in an hour—it gives me a feeling of accomplishment. But admire Beth Ann Fennelly's Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs so much I read it twice. As the subtitle suggests, it's a collection of very short memoir pieces, many shorter than this post, covering a range of subjects from childhood memories to snapshots of marriage and parenthood to seemingly trivial incidents from her life. She probes these small events with curiosity and close attention, infusing them with significance. Recurrent themes include grief, faith, and intimacy. Several pieces address the nature of memory as Fennelly questions the attitudes and perspectives of her memories of certain events.
Heating & Cooling is a good, quick, summer read that is a refreshing new take on memoir and also very funny.