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My Sky Blue Trades: Growing Up Counter in a Contrary Time

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Publisher Comments:

In The Gutenburg Elegies, a widely acclaimed New York Times Notable Book, Sven Birkerts won attention as a graceful and thoughtful essayist, an eloquent advocate of literature in an age of electronic media. Now he shows what only literature can do, in a moving, compelling, brilliantly written memoir that probes what it means to be an American with roots in a distant culture.

As a boy growing up in suburban Detroit, Birkerts always felt intensely uncomfortable with his family's ties to Latvia-the birthplace of all four of his grandparents. And yet his struggle to find his own path led inexorably back through the overgrown garden of family lore. Birkerts deftly weaves his own history (from struggles with his overbearing father to adventures at Woodstock, from lost loves to his emergence as a writer) with episodes from his ancestors' lives-scenes from Riga and Moscow during the Russian Revolution, tales of Paris and mistresses and family scandals. My Sky Blue Trades is destined to be a classic exploration of the immigrant experience and the writer's inner life.

Synopsis:

In The Gutenburg Elegies, an acclaimed New York Times Notable Book, Birkerts won attention as a graceful and thoughtful essayist. Now he shows what only literature can do, in a moving, compelling, brilliantly written memoir that probes what it means to be an American with roots in a distant culture.

About the Author

Sven Birkerts is the author of The Gutenberg Elegies, Readings, American Energies, and other books. He teaches at Mount Holyoke College and at the Bennington Writing Seminar.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670031092
Author:
Birkerts, Sven
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Subject:
General
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
Critics
Subject:
English teachers
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General Biography
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
August 22, 2002
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.54x6.38x1.00 in. .98 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In The Gutenburg Elegies, an acclaimed New York Times Notable Book, Birkerts won attention as a graceful and thoughtful essayist. Now he shows what only literature can do, in a moving, compelling, brilliantly written memoir that probes what it means to be an American with roots in a distant culture.
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