A Strong West Wind: a Memoir

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A Strong West Wind: a Memoir

by Gail Caldwell

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In this exquisitely rendered memoir set on the high plains of Texas, Pulitzer Prize winner Gail Caldwell transforms into art what it is like to come of age in a particular time and place. A Strong West Wind begins in the 1950s in the wilds of the Texas Panhandle-a place of both boredom and beauty, its flat horizons broken only by oil derricks, grain elevators, and church steeples. Its story belongs to a girl who grew up surrounded by dust storms and cattle ranches and summer lightning, who took refuge from the vastness of the land and the ever-present wind by retreating into books. What she found there, from renegade women to men who lit out for the territory, turned out to offer a blueprint for her own future. Caldwell would grow up to become a writer, but first she would have to fall in love with a man who was every mother's nightmare, live through the anguish and fire of the Vietnam years, and defy the father she adored, who had served as a master sergeant in the Second World War.
A Strong West Wind is a memoir of culture and history-of fathers and daughters, of two world wars and the passionate rebellions of the sixties. But it is also about the mythology of place and the evolution of a sensibility: about how literature can shape and even anticipate a life.
Caldwell possesses the extraordinary ability to illuminate the desires, stories, and lives of ordinary people. Written with humanity, urgency, and beautiful restraint, A Strong West Wind is a magical and unforgettable book, destined to become an American classic.

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A Strong West Wind: a Memoir

A Strong West Wind: a Memoir

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Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 228 p. Audience: General/trade. The chief book critic for "The Boston Globe" and winner of the Pulitzer Prize beautifully evokes her life, in this exquisite memoir, from her 1950s childhood in the Texas Panhandle through the 1960s and beyond.

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Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 228 p. Audience: General/trade. The chief book critic for "The Boston Globe" and winner of the Pulitzer Prize beautifully evokes her life, in this exquisite memoir, from her 1950s childhood in the Texas Panhandle through the 1960s and beyond.

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Hard Back. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. X-Library with normal flaws...The hard cover and the jacket has light shelf wear.....The hard cover and some of the pages has a dent to the bottom corner.............We are very careful when we list our books, but sometimes something minor may get by.

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8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Near-new condition. NO remainder marks or price clippings. Price inside dustcover: $24.95. Tight spine, clean pages. NO writing, marks or tears inside book. 231 pages. From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. This is a coming-of-age memoir by a prize-winning book critic of the Boston Globe who writes, consciously and romantically, as a surviving member of her generation: the one that "was wrapped in the flag long before we set fire to it." Born in 1951, in Amarillo, Tex., Caldwell was raised by patriotic American conservatives who watched in horror as their pride and joy became radicalized by the peace and liberationist movements of the late '60s and '70s. Carried along on a tide of sex, drugs and political protest that alienated her not only from her parents but from herself as well, it wasn't until her late 20s that she began to see that she wanted to think and write more than she wanted to go on honoring the impulses of the rebelling moment. Yet, true to the Platonic ideal of never disavowing old loves, Caldwell wouldn't trade what she has lived through for the world. As a direct result of her abiding loyalty to her own past, she has arrived at a considerable piece of wisdom: "The trick is to let a time like ours shape you utterly without...[making] a career out of estrangement." Her book is an attempt to convey all the parts of the experience. But as this is a memoir, not a polemic, no part of it is without its own complications. Caldwell's memories are laced through with an overwhelming nostalgia for the Texas where she herself could not make a life. Her adolescent dreams, she tells us, almost always "involved breaking free of those lonesome, empty plains, whatever it took." Yet her prose is riddled with longing for the father with whom she identifies, and who is the very personification of a Texas full of grit, courage and the refusal to knuckle under that she insists on finding worthy of admiration. The nostalgia is both enriching and problematic, as it almost inevitably leads this writer into the sea of rhetoric. And while the rhetoric is not deep enough to sink a ship, it is sufficient to leave the author floating too often in "poetic" abstraction when she should be grounded in prose that is both penetrating and precise. Nonetheless, Caldwell comes through as a wise and winning woman her descriptive passages on college life in Austin in the '60s and '70s are wonderfully smart, moving and sympathetic and she emerges from A Strong West Wind a memorable narrator. (Feb. 14)Vivian Gornick's latest book is The Solitude of Self: Thinking About Elizabeth Cady Stanton, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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A Strong West Wind: a Memoir [Hardcover] By Caldwell, Gail

A Strong West Wind: a Memoir [Hardcover] By Caldwell, Gail

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The text has some marking and underlining, The Dust Jacket is in nice condition. Quantity Available: 1. ISBN: 1400062489. ISBN/EAN: 9781400062485. Inventory No: 1560789375.

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Strong West Wind

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Book A tight, bright edition. DJ clean & colorful, worn around edges. Boards straight & sharp w/ light wear along top and bottom; binding firm; pages crisp & clear.

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Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 228 p. Audience: General/trade.

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Book Advance reader's edition. Unread, as new. 226 pp.

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1400062489. Signed by Caldwell. An Advance Reading Copy in printed wrappers. A Pulitzer Prize winner for her work as chief book critic of the Boston Globe, Caldwell recalls a Fifties childhood in the Texas Panhandle and her escape through books and, eventually, rebellion in the Sixties.; Signed by Author.

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AQ2-A first edition hardcover book SIGNED by author in fine condition in fine dust jacket that is mylar protected. A Strong West Wind is a memoir of culture and history-of fathers and daughters, of two world wars and the passionate rebellions of the sixties. 9.5"x6.5", 228 pages. Satisfaction Guaranteed.

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8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author First printing. Inscribed by the author on the title page. The spine is slanted. There is a small notation on the front free endpaper. The dust jacket is softened along the edges. The jacket price is intact.

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