Starting from Home: A Writer's Beginnings

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Moving, funny, and thought provoking, Starting From Home reveals the influences that shaped a remarkable person and writer, while opening windows on the world that has shaped us all.

The author recounts the discoveries, hardships, and triumphs of his early life and the influences that shaped him as a person and writer.

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Overview

Moving, funny, and thought provoking, Starting From Home reveals the influences that shaped a remarkable person and writer, while opening windows on the world that has shaped us all.

The author recounts the discoveries, hardships, and triumphs of his early life and the influences that shaped him as a person and writer.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like Beverly Cleary, whose memoir, A Girl from Yamhill , was published this year, Meltzer grew up in the Depression in a hard-hit, working-class family. Born in 1915 in Worcester, Mass., and raised in a neighborhood of immigrants (his parents were Austrian Jews), Meltzer learned firsthand about subjects he would later explore in his distinguished books for children: ethnicity, class and protest. ``I didn't know I would be a writer,'' Meltzer explains. ``Yet something was going on to shape my interests and point of view.'' This memoir has the compassionate yet probing tone of Meltzer's social histories. It is a pleasure to read, with charming confessions of kissing girls and reading dime novels. From the beginning, Meltzer was blessed with a hunger to learn and with an innate faith in the futuretraits that have carried him far and that shine throughout this book. Photos not seen by PW. Ages 12-up. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595089031
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/21/2000
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents

Roots--or Twigs 1
"Better They Don't End Up in a Sweatshop, Too" 13
The City of Three-Deckers 19
A Hunger for Words 31
The Dump and the Candy Store 41
Fifteen Cents an Hour 53
Becoming Somebody 65
Living in Two Worlds 75
"Tyger Tyger, Burning Bright" 89
A Radical Tradition 97
"What This Country Needs" 107
Tragic Towns 117
A Pair of Stockings 125
Seventeen 133
Afterword 145
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2005

    A Dream

    I liked this book. I thought it was a really in-depth story as to the Great Depression & overall living during the 20s and 30s. Many authors write about things that occured in history,but never actually lived through the experience. Therefore this story was a one of a kind 'look' into the life of people during America's hardest economical time, The Great Deppression.

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