Manhattan Memoir: American Girl; Manhattan, When I Was Young; Speaking with Strangers

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The New York Times said that Mary Cantwell, in telling the story of her life, "Makes you discover yourself." Now, gathered in a single volume, are her three beautifully etched, unflinchingly honest memoirs. Cantwell's first book, American Girl, evoked the delights of her youth in a small New England town; her second, Manhattan, When I Was Young, told of her blossoming career in New York, her marriage and her children, and that marriage's decline. Speaking with Strangers finds Cantwell alone, a single mother ...

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Overview

The New York Times said that Mary Cantwell, in telling the story of her life, "Makes you discover yourself." Now, gathered in a single volume, are her three beautifully etched, unflinchingly honest memoirs. Cantwell's first book, American Girl, evoked the delights of her youth in a small New England town; her second, Manhattan, When I Was Young, told of her blossoming career in New York, her marriage and her children, and that marriage's decline. Speaking with Strangers finds Cantwell alone, a single mother struggling in the big city, bereft of her husband but bolstered by friends, thriving in her career yet personally troubled. With a sensibility as distinct as the city she calls home, Cantwell's autobiographical trilogy brilliantly captures her struggle to forge a life with one foot in her past and the other, warily, in her present.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140291902
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 783,351
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Cantwell is a former magazine editor and longtime member of the New York Times Editorial Board. She lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    Three of the best books ( now in one) that I have ever read and

    Three of the best books ( now in one) that I have ever read and I have read them all. Clarified: If you are of a certain age and need to reflect on your life: youth growing up in a small New England town, your grandparents and parents for whom you had the wisdom to appreciate and want to remember them just as they were, the career in New York City or any city, the marriage that ended, the writing life - then this is the book for you. Worth a million dollars to have someone put it all into words to cherish forever. And a gift for any friend you treasure.

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