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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Growing Up is the story of Russell Baker's childhood during whic

    Growing Up is the story of Russell Baker's childhood during which he lived in a poor Virginia house that had no electricity or running water, moved to a city and lived with other family members during the Great Depression, and finally a house in the suburbs. His family had little to no money during the Great Depression and Russell is forced to sell newspapers at the age of eight. His mother pushes him to become something and to rise out of poverty. He gets his chance when he graduates high school in the middle of WWII and enlists. He shares his memoirs of struggle and maturing into a man during WWII. His mother encourages him to become something after the war and Russell becomes a writer. This book describes the struggle during the Great Depression and the relief of it as WWII begins. At the end of the book, Russell Baker is fully grown up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2004

    Gumption

    Growing up is an Awesome book that taught me that no matter what you may encounter...life still has more sh&* to throw at you! Either you get out there and fight for your dignity ,work hard and be happy or you will fail.Gumption...That's it...Gumption! Linda Henderson(Community College of Vermont) Student..used in our classroom 'Dimensions of Learning' College Course- Instructor : Gary Steller.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2003

    simply great.

    I have to say i stole this book from my teacher...lol...and im glad i did because its become one of my favorite ones in my library. The book is so well written, and it was interesting to read, it kept me wanting to read it all at once.Great book i reccomment it.I also stole 'The Rescue of Miss Yaskell and other Pipe dreams' from Baker, but i have not gotten to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2003

    Funny and touching

    I read this book is Chinese translation and the book was lost long time ago(about 5 years ago) since I lent it to somebody. That year, 1998, I quitted my job which I hated but became out of work. In the book, Baker's mother told him must promote the magazine even the poorest, I thought it funny because my character like Baker, hate promoting job! But his sister was daring, just tap the window od one man's car and she succeeded sold newspaper. But depression Era, even college graduate women had nothing to do with career. The only thing do to is find a man(better be rich man) to solve their economic problem. If Baker's character exchange with his sister, it would be awful!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2001

    Wonderful!

    I read this book when I was in college and I have said this is my favorite book ever since. I couldn't put it down and so love Mr. Baker's gift for writing. Do yourself a favor and read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2000

    Excellent reading! A must for aspiring autobiographers!

    Russell Baker writes his life story through vignettes and episodes that captures your interests and imagination. You can't put the book down once you start reading. You wished you didn't have to eat and sleep. This is a must-read book for anyone who wishes to write a good life story. He is an excellent story teller....he is the host of the weekly series, Masterpiece Theatre.

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    Posted February 24, 2009

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