Gail Caldwell is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic for The Boston Globe. Her book A Strong West Wind is a "metaphor-rich, beautifully structured reminiscence" of a child growing up in the turbulent 1960s (Booklist, starred review). Caldwell was born in Texas in 1951; in a land of plains so vast they frightened her. Caldwell's mother was a clandestine lover of books; her father was a master sergeant in World War II. These personalities shaped Caldwell; during the passionate rebellions of the 1960s, she was one of the "children who once made life hell for 'the Greatest Generation' and in the process turned out pretty great themselves" (Russell Baker, author). Turning to books for each poignant change in her life, Caldwell eventually became what her mother could not: a writer. Throughout these changes, Caldwell is driven by the restless desire she once felt as a child in a small town in Texas. "It's refreshing to read a memoir composed of real introspection and insight, a grown-up's mature perspective on a family and an era."-Washington Post Book World "Caldwell comes through as a wise and winning woman-her descriptive passages ... are wonderfully smart, moving and sympathetic-and she emerges ... a memorable narrator."-Publisher's Weekly, starred review
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"Nicole Poole's voice is a register too high to be narrating the memoir of Baby Boomer Gail Caldwell. Poole sounds as if she is reading an aunt's story, not a story she herself lived. The song titles and other references to the fifties and sixties sound like ancient histories, not living memories. Caldwell was a rebellious daughter with the drive to educate herself and move on. Her childhood is reflected in her battles with her father while her mother only emerges near the end of the book. As a successful adult, Caldwell contemplates the forces that blew her, sometimes despite herself, into a career of words as a critic for the BOSTON GLOBE. B.H.B. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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