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AN AMERICAN CHILDHOOD

Dillard, Annie

ISBN 10: 0060158050 / ISBN 13: 9780060158057
Published by Harper & Row, 1987
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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One of our best writers relives her childhood experiences gained from an unusual and unique family and from her own dawning of an American consciousness. Beautiful copy, probably unread, very tightly bound, clean, no names or other markings, a stated first edition with a full number row. The DJ is likewise unflawed, not price clipped, not edgeworn, very clean and bright in a mylar protective sleeve. Bookseller Inventory # 002823

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Title: AN AMERICAN CHILDHOOD

Publisher: Harper & Row

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Cloth/boards HB

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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Presents a memoir of growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1950s

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Annie Dillard remembers. She remembers the exhilaration of whipping a snowball at a car and having it hit straight on. She remembers playing with the skin on her mother's knuckles, which "didn't snap back; it lay dead across her knuckle in a yellowish ridge." She remembers the compulsion to spend a whole afternoon (or many whole afternoons) endlessly pitching a ball at a target. In this intoxicating account of her childhood, Dillard climbs back inside her 5-, 10-, and 15-year-old selves with apparent effortlessness. The voracious young Dillard embraces headlong one fascination after another--from drawing to rocks and bugs to the French symbolists. "Everywhere, things snagged me," she writes. "The visible world turned me curious to books; the books propelled me reeling back to the world." From her parents she inherited a love of language--her mother's speech was "an endlessly interesting, swerving path"--and the understanding that "you do what you do out of your private passion for the thing itself," not for anyone else's approval or desire. And one would be mistaken to call the energy Dillard exhibits in An American Childhood merely youthful; "still I break up through the skin of awareness a thousand times a day," she writes, "as dolphins burst through seas, and dive again, and rise, and dive."

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