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
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 137 x 208 x 18mm | 227g
  • Back Bay Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Back Bay Pbk
  • 0316085251
  • 9780316085250
  • 159,651

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"Smart, funny, and moving...A gifted and gutsy writer...This is what a first collection of stories should be."-Barbara Fisher, Boston Globe
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Smart, funny, and moving...A gifted and gutsy writer...This is what a first collection of stories should be.--Barbara Fisher, Boston Globe
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About Jo Ann Beard

Jo Ann Beard is also the author of the novel In Zanesville. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, and Best American Essays. She has received a Whiting Award and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
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4,602 ratings
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3 17% (782)
2 5% (214)
1 2% (79)
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