By Shauna Niequist

Chilly Tangerines is a set of news that commemorate the extreme moments hidden in our daily lives. it's approximately God, and approximately lifestyles, and in regards to the hundreds of thousands of day-by-day ways that an wisdom of God adjustments and infuses every little thing. it really is approximately non secular lifestyles, and approximately every little thing that we've got known as nonspiritual lifestyles that will be religious in any case. it's the snapshots of a tender girl making peace with herself and her lifestyles, and attempting to craft a lifestyles that captures the strength and enthusiasm we lengthy for in the middle of the phobia and remorse and envy all of us hold with us. it really is either a voice of problem and track of convenience, calling us upward to the absolute best lifestyles, and giving us room to respire, to relaxation, to collapse and holiday via. chilly Tangerines deals brilliant and sundry glimpses of desire and redemption, in and one of the heartbreak and tedium and damaged glass.

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We email and talk on the phone. They visit me in Michigan, and when I go back to Chicago for a weekend, we have breakfast at Egg Harbor or coffee at Einstein’s. When I think about how God made us to live, when people talk about true community or true intimacy, I think of them, this lovely, bizarre group of teenage girls who came over unannounced and never left when they were supposed to, who let me into their fears and their secrets, and cared about my fears and my secrets. They loved me with a force that I think only comes with youth, a wide and fierce and expressive force, and I loved them with that same love, because being with them let me live like I was young.

Getting dressed was always a blistering, painful affair, exacerbated by the fact that the primary person helping me through this ordeal was my size-two mother, who had a knack for saying things like, “Hmmm . . ” Is it a little tight, Mom? Yes. Yes, it’s a little tight. 59 cold tangerines Everything I’ve ever tried on has been a little tight. My whole life feels a little tight. Being too big was a vulnerability for me, a liability, something that made me an outsider. And being too big certainly did not help my dating life.

I want my children to know my parents, and not just from emails or short weekend visits. I want my dad to teach them to snorkel someday the same way he taught me, swimming just in front of me with his arm stretched out to the side, letting me hang on that arm and pulling me along with him. I want to hear every single little thing that my brother has to tell me. Todd is a man of very few words, but every once in a while on vacation he starts talking, while we’re taking the golf cart to the club, or putting away the boat at the end of the day.

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