Paula: A Memoir by Isabel Allende

Paula: A Memoir

Isabel Allende with Margaret Sayers Peden (Translator)

330 pages first pub 1994 (editions)

nonfiction autobiography memoir emotional reflective slow-paced


When Isabel Allende’s daughter, Paula, became gravely ill and fell into a coma, the author began to write the story of her family for her unconscious child. In the telling, bizarre ancestors appear before our eyes; we hear both delightful and bitt...

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emotional 94%
sad 83%
reflective 74%
inspiring 44%
hopeful 23%
challenging 16%
dark 12%
informative 11%
funny 6%
tense 6%
adventurous 2%
lighthearted 2%
mysterious 2%
relaxing 1%


slow 51%
medium 46%
fast 2%

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