The Boys of My Youth

Paperback | March 26, 1999

byJo Ann Beard

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Rarely does the debut of a new writer garner such attention & acclaim. The excitement began the moment "The Fourth State of Matter," one of the fourteen extraordinary personal narratives in this book, appeared in the pages of the New Yorker. It increased when the author received a prestigious Whiting Foundation Award in November 1997, & it continued as the hardcover edition of The Boys of My Youth sold out its first printing even before publication. The author writes with perfect pitch as she takes us through one woman's life - from childhood to marriage & beyond - & memorably captures the collision of youthful longing & the hard intransigences of time & fate.

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Jo Ann Beard received high acclaim when The Fourth State of Matter, one of the personal narratives in The Boys of My Youth, first appeared in the New Yorker. Readers were so anxious for her literary debut that The Boys of My Youth sold out its first printing before it was published. Beard writes with perfect pitch as she takes us throu...

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Rarely does the debut of a new writer garner such attention & acclaim. The excitement began the moment "The Fourth State of Matter," one of the fourteen extraordinary personal narratives in this book, appeared in the pages of the New Yorker. It increased when the author received a prestigious Whiting Foundation Award in November 1997, ...

Jo Ann Beard received a Whiting Foundation Award in 1997. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Story, and other magazines. She is a graduate of the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa, and now lives in Tarrytown, New York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:March 26, 1999Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316085251

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Jo Ann Beard received high acclaim when The Fourth State of Matter, one of the personal narratives in The Boys of My Youth, first appeared in the New Yorker. Readers were so anxious for her literary debut that The Boys of My Youth sold out its first printing before it was published. Beard writes with perfect pitch as she takes us through the chapters of her life, from childhood to marriage, memorably capturing the pull between youthful longing and the stubbornness of time and destiny. This collection of autobiographical essays is beautiful, intimate and luminous.