Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: 9 1/2 Narrow: My Life in Shoes by Patricia Morrisroe


A funny, poignant coming-of-age memoir told through the shoes that she wore.

As I read the chapters in this book I couldn’t help but reminisce on my own escapades. Morrisroe certainly provided plenty of moments for me to step back in time as I read of her experiences. Parochial school days, wearing Stride Rites to my own beloved pair of patent leather Maryjanes in black, my first love, yes I smiled and laughed as I journey along with Morrisroe.

Morrisroe cleverly addresses the issue of shoe marketing pertaining to the high-end designer brands. Lots of tidbits on shoes in general along with history added interest. Love the way she breaks down her life from childhood to adulthood through her shoes. She discovered her first love while wearing her granny boots in England, Beatle Boots purchased for a school performance etc.

An original memoir of an ordinary woman (sporting a shoe fetish, yes she owns Louboutin, Blahnik, Choo, – a girl after my own heart) blending shoes with memorable moments and milestones in her life, family and love. Fun read, especially for self-proclaimed shoe divas such as myself. Plenty of humor will thoroughly entertain you.

READ 9 1/2 Narrow EXCERPT

About Patricia Morrisroeimage

Patricia Morrisroe grew up in Andover, Massachusetts and graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in English. After spending a year as a reporter and film critic at the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, she received an M.A. in Cinema Studies at NYU. As a contributing editor at New York magazine, she wrote over fifty features, many of them cover stories. Patricia’s work has also appeared in Vogue, Vanity Fair, the New York Times, Departures, Travel & Leisure, and the London Sunday Times Magazine.

In 1988, the noted photographer Robert Mapplethorpe selected her to write his biography. A year later, several months after he died of AIDS, the Corcoran Gallery of Art cancelled the photographer’s “The Perfect Moment” exhibit. This spurred a heated nationwide debate about pornography as art and called into question the extent to which Congress and the NEA should be funding that art. When Mapplethorpe: A Biography was published in 1995, the art critic Arthur C. Danto, in The Nation, called it “utterly admirable… The clarity and honesty of Morrisroe’s portrait are worthy of its’ subject.” The Washington Post declared the book as “mesmerizing as Mapplethorpe’s stare in his self-portraits.”

In 2010, Patricia wrote Wide Awake: A Memoir of Insomnia, which blended science, culture and personal insight to tell the story of why she – and 40 million other Americans – can’t sleep at night. Janet Maslin in the New York Times praised her “deadpan funny” sense of humor, describing the book as a “fine firsthand look at insomniac eccentricities.”


Enter for a chance to win a copy of 9 1/2 Narrow, please complete the giveaway form below. Open to US residents only. Ends 8/3/15


•Hardcover, 256 pages
•Published April 14th 2015 by Gotham
•ISBN13: 9781592409242


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