Breathing Lessons

Breathing Lessons

Book - 2005
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Story of Ira and Maggie Moran, a couple married for 28 years, and how they fall in love all over again.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2005, c1988
Edition: Ballantine Books trade paperback ed
ISBN: 9780345485571
Characteristics: 339 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Breathing lessons


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2nd Monday Book Club Discussion: May 2018. There were those in the group that were annoyed by the main character. Overall, it was a nice read. Members of the club have read Anne Tyler in the past and enjoyed reading this one.

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Feb 22, 2019

One copy available (2-22-19).

Sep 25, 2018

Breathing Lessons: Pulitizer Prize for Fiction, won, yr 1989: -- huh??
I read about 100 pgs, then decided I wasn't very interested in what happened to any of the characters. Stopped reading.

Apr 02, 2016

This Pulitzer prize winning book made me laugh and cry. I love Maggie and Ira. I always feel like I personally know Anne Tyler's characters because Anne's insight into human nature is so spot on. It helps that this was made into a movie that works so well with James Garner and Joanne Woodward. There is a funny scene where Maggie stands and starts singing ridiculously at her friends funeral much to Ira's extreme embarrassment. Also, their love in spite of their opposite personalities is touching. I saw friends and family, and a little of myself, in this wonderful book.

lbehrman Jul 31, 2012

This book was ok. I read it because I had purchased it years ago at a library sale.

Jul 27, 2012

This is a story about a couple and marriage. The woman is too ditzy to be good, but the book is funny.

Jan 20, 2011

Read it, but didn't like it. I felt uncomfortable with the personalities and their petty world. Amazing that the whole story takes place in one day. I just wanted it to be over.


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FavouriteFiction Oct 21, 2009

Maggie Moran plans to reunite her son with his estranged wife and baby.


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