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The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard
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May 22, 2011

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The title of the book intrigued me which is why I started reading it. As it turned out, it is not a memoir, per se, but rather a collection of stories/essays about pivotal times in her life.

What I missed the most was some sort of temporal progression--that is, some context in time. Her essays/stories happen at different times in her life, and it was impossible for me to get a sense of her as a person and why some stories came about. In a sense, she seemed to be an eternal victim, though the stories are not written in that way.

There are two stories that stand far above the rest, but to tell you about them would be to spoil them. The rest can be skipped.

It was an odd feeling to finish reading a memoir and have not much of a sense about who the author is.
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