Mississippi-based poet and author

Heating & Cooling

Heating & Cooling by Beth Ann Fennelly

Heating & Cooling by Beth Ann Fennelly

Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs is Beth Ann’s sixth book

From the publisher: The 52 micro-memoirs in genre-defying Heating & Cooling offer bright glimpses into a richly lived life, combining the compression of poetry with the truth-telling of nonfiction into one heartfelt, celebratory book. Ranging from childhood recollections to quirky cultural observations, these micro-memoirs build on one another to arrive at a portrait of Fennelly as a wife, mother, writer, and deeply original observer of life’s challenges and joys. Some pieces are wistful, some wry, and many reveal the humor buried in our everyday interactions.  Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs shapes a life from unexpectedly illuminating moments, and awakens us to these moments as they appear in the margins of our lives.

Imagine the hundred things you enjoy doing most in the world. Reading Beth Ann Fennelly’s Heating & Cooling is more fun than 95 of them.
Beth Ann Fennelly brings a poet’s sensibility to Heating & Cooling. Each entry is both insightful and precise, a perfect pearl of memory. By marking out these 52 moments, she draws a portrait of a life that is deeply felt and fully awake. I will be the first in line when there are 52 more.
What better can one writer say about another writer’s work? I wish I’d written it. Heating and Cooling is just that enviable.
Strong and at the same time wonderfully vulnerable. There is a matter of fact revelation inherent in her work. I deeply enjoyed this book—deeply.
The pieces look like jewels—finely wrought, lyric and subtle—but they expose themselves as creatures: vital, writhing, surprising, alive. They’re funny as hell. They’ve got a cool wit, but they’re feverish to the touch. They’ve been living inside me ever since I read them, heating and cooling me.


Heating & Cooling is available for order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Better yet, please order it from your local Indie Bound bookstore:

Or mine:

Care for a signed or personalized copy?  If you’re not in a big rush, I’m happy to swing by and scribble in it.  Leave instructions at Square Books when you place your order, (662)-236-2262.