An American Childhood

Original Publish Date: Jan 17, 2011
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.45 hours)
Product Number: Z100096163
Released: Jun 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481570787
Narrator/s: Tavia Gilbert
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A memoir about parents, the world of science, and consciousness 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. "Dillard's luminous prose painlessly captures the pain of growing up in this wonderful evocation of childhood. Her memoir is partly a hymn to Pittsburgh, where orange streetcars ran on Penn Avenue in 1953 when she was eight, and where the Pirates were always in the cellar. Dillard's mother, an unstoppable force, had energies too vast for the bridge games and household chores that stymied her. Her father made low-budget horror movies, loved Dixieland jazz, told endless jokes and sight-gags, and took lonesome river trips down to New Orleans to get away. From this slightly odd couple, Dillard acquired her love of nature and taut sensitivity."—Publishers Weekly

Professional reviews

"Annie Dillard's memoir provides a detailed look at her somewhat privileged childhood in Pittsburgh in the 1950s. She has an amazing ability to remember even minute details of her early years as she seamlessly weaves Pittsburgh's history into her own. Tavia Gilbert delivers the poetic words with all the meaning and emotion that Dillard invested in them. It would be easy for a narrator to lull the listener to sleep with the microscopic details of the memoir, but Gilbert's portrayal of a quiet yet vital life captures the listener's attention. Listeners will hear Dillard's respect for life, nature, and family clearly in Gilbert's careful delivery. N.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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