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Synopsis: Greenwich Village in the 1950s was a haven to which young poets, painters, and jazz musicians flocked. Among them was Hettie Cohen, who'd been born into a middle-class Jewish family in Queens and who'd chosen to cross racial barriers to marry the controversial black poet LeRoi Jones. Theirs was a bohemian life in the awakening East Village of underground publishing and jazz lofts, through which drifted such icons of the generation as Allen Ginsberg, Thelonious Monk, Jack Kerouac, Frank O'Hara, Billie Holiday, James Baldwin, and Franz Kline.
Review: Jones' atmospheric prose brings the Beat era to life with more gusto than any previous memoir, thanks to homely details like eating potato pancakes at the Second Avenue Deli and wearing Ukrainian scarves and black tights. She looks back on her marriage to LeRoi Jones with tenderness, even as she delineates the cultural forces that eventually ripped them apart. Famous friends like Allen Ginsberg make appearances, but Jones' focus is on family (her two daughters are lovingly described) and individual growth. Evocative and touching.
Title: How I Became Hettie Jones
Publisher: Penguin Books
Book Condition: New
Book Description Penguin (Non-Classics), 1990. Book Condition: Good. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP96896377
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Book Description Penguin Books, New York, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st. 239 pages; 20 cm. Tight, clean copy. Light shelfwear to wraps, expected browning. First paperback edition. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 086420
Book Description A Penguin Book/ Published by the Penguin Group, New York, London, et al., 1990. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Melissa Jacoby (Cover Design); Lawrence Hellenberg (Cover Photo); Fred W. McDarrah (Author Photo) (illustrator). 239 pp. Nearly flawless copy with minimal external wear, crisp pages and clean text. Bookseller Inventory # 4FislCe0027
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