American Childhood by Annie Dillard

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A book that instantly captured the hearts of readers across the country, An American Childhood is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard's poignant, vivid memoir of growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1950s.


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Annie Dillard has written eleven books, including the memoir of her parents, An American Childhood; the Northwest pioneer epic The Living; and the nonfiction narrative Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. A gregarious recluse, she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 255 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Non-fiction

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Dillard's headlong immersion into the mysteries of the natural world—from bedrocks to the heavens, and flora and fauna (from amoebas to us)—places this childhood memoir of life with a companionable family in Pittsburgh's elite enclave in the 50's and 60's.

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Dillard, one of the true masters of lyrical description, brings to life the childhood pleasures of collecting rocks and insects, the vigors of athletic competition, the rigors of dancing with boys, the discipline of church going, and the manifold exhilarations of reading books.

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