The Boys of My Youth

The Boys of My Youth

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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
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown and Co.
Copyright Date: ©1998
ISBN: 9780316091862
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc - Distributor

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WVMLStaffPicks Nov 13, 2014

Fierce, lucid and funny autobiographical essays from a new American writer. The boys and men of her life are elusive characters, while her tightly knit clan of mothers, aunts, sisters and girlfriends endure.

JCLHannahJaneW Sep 20, 2014

The essay, "Cousins" is a must-read. Because of the Barbie scene you ask? Absolutely!

But also for the beautiful portrayal of friendship and fierce loyalty.

Dec 04, 2011

What a beautiful, funny and touching book. It's poetry in many ways, but very readable. You'll recognize parts of yourself and others in this book.


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