The Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner
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"I don't remember being born. I was a very ugly child. My appearance has not improved so I guess it was a lucky break when he was attracted by my youthfulness." So begins the story of Minnie Glover in The Diary of a Teenage Girl. Saddled with a narcissistic mother, a string of sleazy stepfathers, and her own precocious sexuality, fifteen-year-old Minnie plunges into an unguided but fearless adolescence. More than a simple diary, this acclaimed cartoonist's semi-autobiographical story of her coming of age in San Francisco in the 1970s is a deft blend of visual and verbal narrative, a frank and unflinching chronicle of survival in an incomprehensible world.

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Phoebe Gloeckner was born in Philadelphia and raised in San Francisco. Her comics first appeared in underground publications when she was in her teens. A critically acclaimed collection of her comics, paintings, and etchings, A Child's Life and Other Stories, was published in 1998. In addition to paintings and comics, she has made award-winning short films.
Published January 1, 2002 by Frog Ltd, Berkeley, California, U.S.A.. 160 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships, Children's Books, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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Gloeckner's latest, a combination of comics and prose, follows the sexual misadventures and coming-of-age of Minnie Goetze, a troubled teenager very much reminiscent of Gloeckner, as she stumbles toward adulthood in 1970s San Francisco.

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