The Crying Book

The Crying Book Review

Award-winning poet Heather Christle has just lost a dear friend to suicide and must reckon with her own struggles with depression and the birth of her first child. How she faces her joy, grief, anxiety, impending motherhood, and conflicted truce with the world results in a moving meditation on the nature, rapture, and perils of crying―from the history of tear-catching gadgets (including the woman who designed a gun that shoots tears) to the science behind animal tears (including moths who drink them) to the fraught role of white women's tears in racist violence.

Told in short, poetic snippets, The Crying Book delights and surprises, as well as rigorously examines how mental illness can affect a family across generations and how crying can express women’s agency―or lack of agency―in everyday life. Christle’s gift is the freshness of her voice and honesty of her approach, both of which create an intimacy with readers as she explores a human behavior broadly experienced but rarely questioned. A beautiful tribute to the power of crying, and to working through despair to tears of joy.

Title:The Crying Book
Edition Language:English

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  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    Fiction or non-fiction, I want a story. Sadly, this had none but just incomplete ones and snippets. So no....

  • Heather

    I’ve always been fascinated by the roles tears play in women’s lives. This book by the marvellous poet Heather Christel is a meditation on tears from those of children to those of mothers to those...

  • Michelle

    “The Crying Book” (2020) is an interesting book of brief stories, facts and trivia written by Heather Christle--an award winning poet, she teaches creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta, ...

  • Paris (parisperusing)

    “Empathy can be a hole through which one falls into despair. Tears make the ground slippery. And then what? Satisfaction for the depth of one’s feelings? If I am not myself in danger, then my imag...

  • jocelyn

    I have many complicated feelings about this book so coming up with a rating took some deliberating. The biggest hang up I have is definitely my expectations going in. I love the idea of a book that ex...

  • Mary

    When, where, why do we cry? How is it that some are predisposed to cry little and others to weep endlessly? Why does it so often feel shameful? When does it relieve us, does it trap us in depression? ...

  • Catapult

    Why do we cry? How do we cry? And what does it mean? A scientific, cultural, artistic examination by a young poet on the cusp of motherhood. ...

  • Vincent Scarpa

    "I say book. I mean poem. I mean the way the landscape suddenly reveals itself in layers, a vertical light shining its connective beam from one moment to the next. An entry into — an awareness of ...

  • Jo Chang

    "It may interest you for a while to touch your swollen face, to peer into one bloodshot eye and another, but the beauty’s really in the movement, in watching your mouth try to swallow despair" (8)...

  • Meg

    i saw Heather Christle do a reading at my grad program 5-6 years ago and she mentioned she was writing a book on crying and ever since then i've periodically googled "heather christle crying book" bec...