The Boys of My Youth

Author: Jo Ann Beard

Publisher: Back Bay Books

ISBN: 9780316085250

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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Rarely does the debut of a new writer garner such attention & acclaim. The excitement began the moment "The Fourth State of Matter," one of the fourteen extraordinary personal narratives in this book, appeared in the pages of the New Yorker. It increased when the author received a prestigious Whiting Foundation Award in November 1997, & it continued as the hardcover edition of The Boys of My Youth sold out its first printing even before publication. The author writes with perfect pitch as she takes us through one woman's life - from childhood to marriage & beyond - & memorably captures the collision of youthful longing & the hard intransigences of time & fate.

The Boys of My Youth

Author: Jo Ann Beard

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0316091863

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 125

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The "utterly compelling, uncommonly beautiful" collection of personal essays (Newsweek) that established Jo Ann Beard as one of the leading writers of her generation. Cousins, mothers, sisters, dolls, dogs, best friends: these are the fixed points in Jo Ann Beard's universe, the constants that remain when the boys of her youth -- and then men who replace them -- are gone. This widely praised collection of autobiographical essays summons back, with astonishing grace and power, moments of childhood epiphany as well as the cataclysms of adult life: betrayal, divorce, death. The Boys of My Youth heralded the arrival of an immensely gifted and influential writer and its essays remain surprising, original, and affecting today. "A luminous, funny, heartbreaking book of essays about life and its defining moments." --Harper's Bazaar

Years of My Youth

Author: William Dean Howells

Publisher: DigiCat


Category: Fiction

Page: 1682

View: 8165

"Years of My Youth" was authored by William Dean Howells, an American realist novelist, literary critic, and playwright, nicknamed "The Dean of American Letters". The book is historical and the first part of the book read thus "It is hard to know the child's own earliest recollections from the things it has been told of itself by those with whom its life began. They remember for it the past which it afterward seems to remember for itself; the wavering outline of its nature is shadowed against the background of family, and from this it imagines an individual existence which has not yet begun. The events then have the quality of things dreamt, not lived, and they remain of that impalpable and elusive quality in all the after years..."

My Youth

Author: Bryan De Vouge

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1450205925

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 284

View: 7947

Th is book describes the authors childhood growing up on a farm, living with four generations of family including his sister, parents, grandparents, and great grandparents. The author describes many varied experiences, from helping his 90 year-old great grandmother churn butter the old-fashioned way to helping his grandfather feed the pigs and other animals on the farm. He writes about his interactions with many of the other people who lived in the same community, and some of the naughty things he and his friends did such as raiding apple orchards. This book gives the reader a clear idea of how life was on a farm in rural Quebec in the 1950s.

Recollections of My Childhood and Youth

Author: Georg Brandes

Publisher: DigiCat


Category: Fiction

Page: 403

View: 2577

DigiCat Publishing presents to you this special edition of "Recollections of My Childhood and Youth" by Georg Brandes. DigiCat Publishing considers every written word to be a legacy of humankind. Every DigiCat book has been carefully reproduced for republishing in a new modern format. The books are available in print, as well as ebooks. DigiCat hopes you will treat this work with the acknowledgment and passion it deserves as a classic of world literature.

The Love of My Youth

Author: Mary Gordon

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 0307379779

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 9486

From the acclaimed author of Pearl and Final Payments comes a beautifully choreographed novel about first lovers meeting again after more than thirty years and reimmersing themselves in their shared past. Miranda and Adam, high-school sweethearts now in their late fifties, arrive by chance at the same time in Rome, a city where they once spent a summer deeply in love, living together blissfully. At an awkward reunion, the two—who parted in an atmosphere of passionate betrayal in the 1960s and haven’t seen each other since—are surprised to discover that they may have something to talk about. Both have their own guilt, their sense of who betrayed whom, and their long-held interpretation of the events that caused them not to marry and to split apart into the lives they’ve led since—both are married to others, with grown children. For the few weeks they are in Rome, Adam suggests that they meet for daily walks and get to know each other again. Gradually, as they take in the pleasures of the city and the drama of its streets, they discover not only what matters to them now but also more about what happened to them long ago. Miranda and Adam are masterfully portrayed characters, intent upon understanding who they are in relation to who they were. A story about what first love means and how it is shattered, and the lessons old lovers may still have to share with each other many years later, The Love of My Youth is also a poignant look back at the hopes and dreams of a generation and what became of them.

Fortress of My Youth

Author: Jana Renée Friesová

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres

ISBN: 0299178137

Category: History

Page: 200

View: 5138

Jana Renée Friesová was fifteen when she was imprisoned by the Nazis in the Czech ghetto town of Terezín. Her memoir tells the poignantly familiar story of a young girl who, even under the most abominable circumstances, engages in intense adolescent friendships, worries with her companions over her looks, and falls in love. Anne Frank’s diary ends with deportation to a concentration camp; Fortress of My Youth, in contrast, takes the reader deep into the horrors of daily life in a camp that were faced by a young girl and her family. But Friesová also tells of love, joy, sacrifice, and the people who shared in the most profound experiences of her life.

New-York Mirror

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A



Page: 426

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The Confessions of My Youth

Author: Richard J. Grant Caldwell

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465318658

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 118

View: 6551

From being a dirt farmer in South America to the heights of California Society, from a promiscuous lifestyle to the peace of Christian life, this is the story of the first thirty-four years of my life. While some sought money, fame, or education, or some other goal, I sought the experience of life, and to the best of my ability, I was a seeker of the Supreme Power in that experience. This story is factual according to the perceptions Ive encountered and remembered. In a phrase, my father, Howard Orville Caldwell, lived the Grapes of Wrath. He was born in Oklahoma, and during the Great Depression, when his fathers job at the local zinc smelter ended, the family moved to South California: Grandpa, Grandma and the three children. That was in the thirties. Dad grew up, went to school, and worked in South California when Los Angeles had only a few hundred thousand people. There was a definite division between rich and poor. Marlon Brando, then Bud Brando, was in the same public speaking class as my father in junior high school. Marlon was one of the rich, Dad was of the poor. This story begins there.