I loved this singularly honest and graceful book. The Journal Keeper reminds us that there is no such thing as an ordinary moment, and certainly no such thing as an ordinary life.
- Elizabeth Gilbert, best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love
In lovely, straightforward prose, Theroux speaks honestly about the quotidian and miraculous aspects of loss and new chances. It’s all here—births, deaths and marriages—and the reader is invited into the intimacies of a world that is both familiar and full of surprises.
– Elizabeth Strout, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge
What a wonderful, wonderful book! I felt like I was on a little journey. It really made me think beyond the page. The Journal Keeper reads like a case study of a person’s life. You will read it more than once.
– Amy Sedaris, author of the New York Times best-selling I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence
If I were in one of Phyllis Theroux’s writing classes, she surely would disapprove of my using seven enthusiastic adjectives all in a row. But no fewer could do justice to The Journal Keeper, her open-hearted, honest, honorable, wise, generous, brave and utterly captivating book which sheds a clarifying light on the pain and possibilities present in the third-third of our lives. Read it. You’ll love it, and her, and your own newly promising future.
– Judith Viorst, best-selling author of Necessary Losses and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
The Journal Keeper mesmerized me! There’s the double narrative of the writing life and the life going on around Theroux that is utterly absorbing. I read it straight through in twenty-four hours and could not put it down.
We read writers’ journals with the gimlet eye of voyeurs. Here, for new fans and long-time admirers of Phyllis Theroux’s elegant essays and books, a sampling of mid-life adventures that are both individual and universal. I found myself marking the margins with Theroux’s bracing prescriptions for writer’s doldrums. Theroux’s uncommon mother—a captivating psychic whose quirts capture the imagination—and her wary discovery of mid-life love leap from the pages.
The Journal Keeper is a radiant display of Theroux’s considerable talents with pen and paper but even more remarkable is her window on a mystical world of universal wisdom that she unveils in her daily task of record keeping.
I can well see how you would be proud to be involved in the publishing of this book! And I have indeed fallen in love, or great interest, at least, with her while I read her book. It is rare for me to be so reluctant to finish a book…It is not just that I want it to continue. I do, but this time I want to keep my connection with author Phyllis and her life. I am also a woman of a certain age, even older, and her memoir fulfills and enriches me, makes me glad to be able to know her on this level. Her bibliography and frequent quotations from Emerson, Mary Oliver, John Muir and more give me ways to continue following her trains of thought down unexpected and rewarding trails. What a delight The Journal Keeper is! Thank you!
I am a lover of the novel, but there is nothing for me as pleasing as a well-written, thoughtful, and intimate journal. I find them much more satisfying than a biography and The Journal Keeper is one of the best. I feel as if Phyllis Theroux is a dear friend and I am grateful to her for sharing her life with us.
– Penny McConnel, The Norwich Bookstore
Deep thoughts surrounded by stylish writing…
Phyllis Theroux’s captivating new work, The Journal Keeper, is a multi-dimensional pleasure… whatever her subject—growing old, spiritual growth, life in a small town, her students and teaching life, even a new romantic passion (at 64! Break out the old Beatles record!) — Theroux is able to reach deep inside and step outside herself with inspiring aplomb.
– BookPage (read full review)