New PDF release: At Home in the World: A Memoir

By Joyce Maynard

ISBN-10: 0312202296

ISBN-13: 9780312202293

Within the spring of 1972, Joyce Maynard, a freshman at Yale, released a canopy tale within the big apple occasions journal approximately existence within the sixties. one of the letters of compliment, deals for writing assignments, and request for interviews used to be a one-page letter from the famously reclusive writer, J.D. Salinger.

Don't depart unhappy is the tale of a lady who enjoyed and lived with J.D. Salinger, and the girl she grew to become. a vital turning aspect in Joyce Maynard's existence happened while her personal daughter became eighteen--the age Maynard used to be whilst Salinger first approached her. Breaking a twenty-five yr silence, Joyce Maynard addresses her courting with Salinger for the 1st time, in addition to the complex , afflicted and but inventive nature of her formative years and relations. She vividly describes the main points of the days and her lifestyles with the finesse of a typical storyteller.

Courageously written via a ladies decided to permit her lifestyles to spread with authenticity, Don't depart unhappy is a testomony to the resiliency of the spirit and the honesty of an unwavering eye.

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I nodded. That sounded like something Lanzi would agree with. At Parris Island, I saw CarKey standing in a pack of soldiers. He was holding onto a long rope pulled across the sky between two poles like a giant clothesline. One by one the soldiers had to climb across the rope, holding on with their legs and arms. Underneath was a mud swamp. CarKey hung BRONX TOMBOY 27 under the rope as he pulled himself across. Enza bit her polished nails. “I can’t look,” she said, and she curled her arms into her breasts and held her own hands.

Alleyways are full of argument. Backyards are crisscrossed with laundry. Our block is Italian and Irish families, twenty kids are out at night to play Manhunt in two teams of ten. I become expert at counting off perfect seconds. ” Five Italian sisters live on our block in houses to either side of us. Greengrass is the neighborhood boy to be feared and Bow is the dog on the block to be feared, and Bow and Greengrass fear one another. Greengrass with his red hair, skinny wiry body, and his terrible motor and Bow with his ears swiveling just ahead of the roar.

I was Evel Knievel. I was a Spaldeen. Yes Mom, I am made of rubber. I got a pink rubber soul. At four and a half, my mother allowed me on the sidewalk alone. I mounted my bicycle and went all the way around the block. This went on for a couple of years. As long as I didn’t cross a street I was within my bounds. ” I stopped at Carly’s Candy Store for two salted stick pretzels and a vanilla fountain soda. I stretched to reach up to drop my coins onto Carly’s counter. Carly was an entertaining neighborhood figure; he had one blue glass eye and he always touched his unlit Tiparello cigar to my knuckles as if he was going to burn me.

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