An American Childhood

Paperback | October 15, 2013

byAnnie Dillard

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A book that instantly captured the hearts of readers across the country, An American Childhood is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard's poignant, vivid memoir of growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1950s.

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Appearing on bestseller lists everywhere (including five weeks on the New York Times bestseller list), the hardcover edition of this title instantly captured the hearts of readers across the country with its joyous, exhilarating memories of growing up in the 1950s.

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A book that instantly captured the hearts of readers across the country, An American Childhood is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard's poignant, vivid memoir of growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1950s.

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A book that instantly captured the hearts of readers across the country, An American Childhood is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard's poignant, vivid memoir of growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1950s.

A book that instantly captured the hearts of readers across the country, An American Childhood is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard's poignant, vivid memoir of growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1950s.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 inPublished:October 15, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060915188

ISBN - 13:9780060915186

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from The pinnacle of boredom. I have always considered myself capable of finishing a book. No matter how dull or uninteresting I have found a book, I make a specific point of finishing it and judging it on the whole. This book, I could barely finish. It was tedious, long and superficial. The mundane events detailed by Dillard are fictionalized and irrelevant to one another, and I could feel no connection, no reality and no substance from their explanations. Dillard was pretentious, tiring and, quite frankly, the most boring character I have ever encountered in my reading. The book was, to me, cold and heartless, and I felt like putting it down the minute I started this terrible tome. There are some insights into life in the fifties, and I will admit that in the course of my struggle I did encounter a number of insightful comments regarding racism, the roles of women, the economics of the fifties and family relationships. The lessons taught in these sections of the book are insightful, even brilliant. On another level, these insights only expose the common sense vales with which we are already familiar. I certainly do not think that these tiny tidbits of fifties life merited the two hundred and fifty page struggle I had to endure. If you are a fan of significance of small things and the treasures of nostalgia, you may find this book interesting. If you actually like interesting, cohesive events in your literature, you will have to find it somewhere else. Awful.
Date published: 2005-05-19

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Appearing on bestseller lists everywhere (including five weeks on the New York Times bestseller list), the hardcover edition of this title instantly captured the hearts of readers across the country with its joyous, exhilarating memories of growing up in the 1950s.

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"[An American Childhood] combines the child's sense of wonder with the adult's intelligence and is written in some of the finest prose that exists in contemporary America. It is a special sort of memoir that is entirely successful...This new book is [Annie Dillard's] best, a joyous ode to her own happy childhood." (Chicago Tribune)