An Extraordinary Theory of Objects

I just finished reading Stephanie LaCava’s book, An Extraordinary Theory of Objects. This is a strange, yet fascinating book.  I enjoyed it because I am also strange. The author is a year younger than me and we grew up during the same time period (the 90s) so I could relate to much of the story, mainly her interior struggles, lack of friends, and her experiences with mean teenage girls in her high school.

An Extraordinary Theory of Objects is highly entertaining, intelligent, and fun to read. I’ve read through it twice already, because it’s nice not feeling like you are the only outcast on earth, even after adolescence has passed.

And it’s fun to learn lots of random information about the past, and how certain things we find/use/discover relate to it. I’m looking forward to reading some of the books she lists in the bibliography.

I’m encouraged by the fact that despite her admitted weirdness, LaCava is a successful writer, has an attractive husband, and has written an interesting memoir that is so unique and beautifully real.

Favorite Quotes from An Extraordinary Theory of Objects:

Spoke by her dad:
“You can’t have these preconceived ideas in your mind about life should be. Don’t think so much. Do things you enjoy with people you love. Everything is always changing. What you can’t control frustrates the hell out of you, no?”

Spoken by her mom:
“People aren’t going to understand your eagerness. It’s okay to be alone and patient. You have to trust.”

Written by Stephanie:
“Self-critical, introspective women court tragedy. They don’t care about making friends.”

Written by Stephanie:
“I had always hated loudness. It was loud enough inside my head.”

Written by Stephanie:
“What saved me, in the end, was my fear of change transforming into raw wonder and wanderlust.”

Spoken by a former boyfriend of hers, on a trip:
“You don’t have to find all these random objects or read all these books to distract yourself from what’s happening in your life. How many did you bring this time?”

The dedication at the beginning of the book reads:
“To those who unwittingly taught me about wonder in the world, to not be afraid of the dark, and to talk to strangers.”


January 25, 2013. Tags: , , , , . books, writing.

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