Space: A Memoirby Jesse Lee Kercheval
Kercheval recalls her life as a young girl living in Cocoa, Florida, in 1966, watching as her mother slipped into a Valium-induced state of apathy, her father became a workaholic, and her older sister tried to shoulder the burden.
“A sweetly honest memoir of a girl growing up amid the glare of the rocket launches from Cape Canaveral. . . . [A] coming-of-age story, but punctuated by the romance and thunder of rockets entering space.”Kirkus Reviews
“An incandescent girlhood memoir. . . . So lyrical and poignant are the events it chronicles, it is hard to believe that it wasn't all by design.”Booklist (starred review)
“A devastatingly honest, relentlessly unsentimental portrait of [the author’s] childhood. . . . A quietly powerful personal history.”Jacqueline Boone, New York Times Book Review
“A story of the 1960s and 1970s as seen through the eyes of a bright and introspective girl.”School Library Journal
- Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
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- 5.34(w) x 7.22(h) x 1.24(d)
Meet the Author
Jesse Lee Kercheval was born in France and raised in Florida. She is the author of thirteen books of poetry, fiction, and memoir including the novels The Museum of Happiness and My Life as a Silent Movie and the writing text Building Fiction. The Sally Mead Hands Professor of English, she teaches creative writing at the University of WisconsinMadison.
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Oh the beauty...the writing, the time, the 60's. The author draws me back to re-read and this time I learn even more from her unforgettable life! Just a beautiful book.
I am not quite finished with the book..I have about 100 pages left..and I cannot wait to finish to see what happens to Jesse and the Apollo 11 mission.. I am learning alot from this book.!!!!!