Thursday, September 16, 2021

I Have Not Loved You With My Whole Heart by Cris Harris - BOOK BEGINNINGS



Do you read memoirs? 

I love a good memoir. I'm not all that keen on memoirs by famous people. I prefer memoirs by regular people with interesting stories to tell about their own experiences. How about you?

My book beginning this week is from a new memoir. What are you reading this week? Please share the opening sentence (or so) for Book Beginnings on Fridays. Add the link to your blog or social media post in the linky box below. 


"And now, boys," he says, "let's get the boat. Track it down and bring it home." He smiles, eyes watery and bright, feverish under the little velvet fez he has taken to wearing in this last year.

-- I Have Not Loved You With My Whole Heart by Cris Harris (OSU Press). I don't usually give more than the very first sentence, but when I saw that bit about the fez, I couldn't resist including it. 

Cris Harris grew up in a difficult household with an alcoholic father, learning to live with the uncertainty, chaos, and neglect of living with addiction. What he didn't expect was that his father, an Episcopalian priest, would come out as gay during the height of the AIDS crisis and die of HIV in 1995. This gripping memoir will hit home for anyone who has grappled with complicated relationships to faith, had family members come out late in life, or lost loved ones to AIDS.


Please add the link to your Book Beginnings post below. If you share on SM, please use the #bookbeginnings hashtag so we can find each other. 

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The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.


From I Have Not Loved You With All My Heart:
Among the working-class, east-side parishioners, he was more at ease than back at Ascension Chapel. It was an Episcopal church, so there would still be mimosas on Easter morning after the vigil, but when they held a night of English and Irish song and dance, they also served Old English 800 in big bottles. 
Oh my. The evangelical churches I grew up in never served OE8 40s! 


  1. I do enjoy a good memoir. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I'm not usually a memoir reader, but this does sound good. Have a great weekend!

  3. I usually stick with my cozy mysteries. This memoir sounds very heavy. Not sure I could get through it.

  4. I'm also not a big celebrity memoir person, although I do still want to read Michelle Obama's memoir! This sounds like a fascinating book though I imagine it may also be heavy at times! Thanks for hosting and have a lovely weekend :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  5. There are some wonderful non-celebrity memoirs like The Glass Castle, Wild, etc.

    Somehow the peaceful cover and title don't really reflect the chaos of the contents. As you read it, does the cover make sense?

  6. My childhood minister died of AIDS after living a double life. It was shockingly terrible when it all came out.

  7. I've submitted a friend request on Goodreads. I'd be honored if you would accept. Thanks.


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