Mary McCarthy How I Grew

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How I Grew

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This remarkable personal memoir focuses on eight crucial years of McCarthy's life-from ages 13 to 21, from high school in the Seattle area through college at Vassar. Photographs.

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MARY MCCARTHY (1912-1989) was a short-story writer, bestselling novelist, essayist, and critic. She was the author of The Stones of Florence and Birds of America, among other books.

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“This reminiscence will appeal to admirers of [McCarthy’s] Memories of a Catholic Girlhood. Such universal experiences as an adolescent girl’s painful awakening to sex, her first love affair, her discovery of books and ideas involve the reader because of the author’s . . . relentless candor and graceful style.” —Publishers Weekly
“A fascinating account.” —Library Journal
“A cause for celebration—the first installment of McCarthy’s autobiography, as candid and iconoclastic as you would expect. . . . Not only a refreshingly un-retouched self-portrait but an unromanticized depiction of a society experimenting with a whole new set of familial, religious and sexual values . . . depicted with McCarthy’s unerring eye for the telling detail, without false modesty or mitigating excuses. . . . Readers will be grateful for—and dazzled by—her frankness. A compelling reminiscence by one of America’s major talents.” —Kirkus Reviews

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