An American Childhood by Annie Dillard

By Annie Dillard

A publication that immediately captured the hearts of readers around the kingdom, An American Childhood is Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Annie Dillard's poignant, brilliant memoir of transforming into up in Pittsburgh within the Nineteen Fifties.

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Or Philadelphia. ” Claire stared at me. “But they’re not even in Asia,” she said after a moment. ” Then, unable to contain myself, I wailed, “Oh, Claire. I’m not like you. I’ve never traveled the way you have. You at least spent a semester studying in Paris. “No one ever tells you this,” I said despairingly, waving at the turquoise tiled walls, the bare, hissing light fixture. “All those travel magazines. People with their vacation photos. ” Claire looked at me sympathetically. Suddenly she clamped her hands over her mouth.

Steinbeck. You think they just sat on their beds moaning, ‘Oh, I’m afraid. Oh, I’ll get a rash’ ” She leapt up, exhaled, and paced around the bed, vibrating with exasperation. ” She pivoted around. “But I will not let you give into fear here. We’re going, Suze, whether I have to—I don’t know—throw you over my shoulders and carry you there myself. You are not leaving me to go it alone, and I’m not letting you back out, either. We are young and brilliant and capable. If we can’t do this, nobody can.

I, however, had grown up in a government-subsidized housing project and attended Brown on financial aid. To pay for our trip, I’d had to defer repaying my student loans and work multiple jobs. That summer I’d answered telephones during the day at a real estate office, then waitressed at a grungy Upper West Side bar at night. The bar was notorious for serving alcohol to minors. The fact that I could get arrested for this didn’t bother me nearly so much as the fact that teenagers never tipped. m.

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