Life Breaks In: A Mood Almanack

Molly McQuade, Prose and Politics/Adam Phillips, Mary Cappello,The Yale Review, October, 2017

“Without looking for any messianic goal, or for any messianic writers either, I’d say that at their best, these two, Cappello and Phillips, can and will grant us the right and the means to think better than the worst of our time, which also entails the right and the means to imagine with more breadth and spirit a much better time than our own.”

The Three New Books To Set Your Imagination Ablaze
by Ilana Lucas, November 6, 2016

Ander Monson, “That Tingling Feeling,” Essay Daily, December 20th, 2016
“Mary Cappello, Mary Ruefle, Lia Purpura, and Kathleen Peirce: I hereby name four writers who have recently put me in a pleasurable and very specific mood that, with any luck, will be familiar to you…”

New Pages, February 1, 2017
“…I loved this book. To wonder about the nature of the mood rooms people wander in, to attempt at access, and to see if they are anything like our own, is a fascinating study. Cappello has opened the backdoor to uncharted territory, a subdued though inescapable realm, that ranging spectrum of mood that each of us undergoes every day.”

Brevity, January 11, 2017
“Cappello is the best kind of daunting. Life Breaks In is inspiring in the way of performances by preternaturally gifted musicians and athletes–“

Starred Review KIRKUS

“Mood Swing Ring” by Aimee Parkison, American Book Review, Volume 38, Number 1, November/December 2016, p. 23
“Life Breaks In celebrates the intangible, investigating the place where interiority and exteriority meet, the mental space where the past ebbs into the present, weaving sense memory, cultural history, and personal recollection by connecting private and public moments in the experience of everyday reality. If tone is everything, this ambitious, humorous, yet serious creative-nonfiction study of mood is a necessary book for our time. . . “

The Berlin Journal, Number 30, Fall 2016: 93-94
“Perhaps the most phenomenological of contemporary nonfiction writers, [Mary Cappello] brings us to attention…Life Breaks In is a tour de grace of scholarship, formal invention, and the discovery of hidden corners of emotional articulation: cloud rooms.”

Life Breaks In Meets Sublime Physick (by Patrick Madden)
Fourth Genre, Spring 2017, Volume 19.1: 189-201

LIT FEST The Brilliantly Off-Kilter Prose of Mary Cappello by Hugh Martin , April 5th, 2017

Hippocampus Magazine, March 1, 2017
“Layers of observation and interrogation give depth and color to how mood works — and how our moods work on us.”

Swallow: Foreign Bodies, Their Ingestion, Inspiration and the Curious Doctor Who Extracted Them


Rosamond Purcell's photograph of two panels in the Chevalier Jackson Foreign Body Collection, one of which Jackson considered his most difficult case. © Rosamond Purcell
Rosamond Purcell’s photograph of two panels in the Chevalier Jackson Foreign Body Collection, one of which Jackson considered his most difficult case. © Rosamond Purcell

Review of Mary Cappello’s Swallow
by Sarah Fawn Montgomery
Brevity — September 17, 2012
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Book Review: Swallow
by Sarah Chaney
Medical History — January 2012
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Book and Media Reviews: Swallow
by Tony Miksanek, MD
Journal of the American Medical Association — April 6, 2011
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Book Review: Swallow
by Ian Miller, University College, Dublin
Social History of Medicine — August 8, 2011
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Thousands of Swallowed Objects Form Curious Collection
by Marc Hartzman
Aol News — April 27, 2011
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The Speculator: Swallow
by Paul Di Filippo — January 20, 2011
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Swallow: Foreign Bodies, Their Ingestion, Inspiration, and
The Curious Doctor Who Extracted Them

by Brian Bethune
Macleans magazine — February 24, 2011
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Swallow: Foreign Bodies by Mary Cappello – review
by Christopher Turner
The Guardian — June 4, 2011
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Review of Called Back
by Maureen Seaton
Lambda Literary — October 21, 2010
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Finder of Lost Objects Saved Lives, Left Medical Legacy
by Carolyn Krupa
American Medical News — March 21, 2011
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What children eat? An incredible list of curiosities
by Daniel Nicolescu
Ziarul Financiar — February 17, 2011
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