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The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard
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Oct 17, 2011

it was amazing
Read from September 26 to October 01, 2011

This is a must-read for anyone who wants to write nonfiction essays. It is by no means a page-turner, but Beard does an amazing job painting a portrait of a moment in time. Instead of a typical memoir, she writes all of her essays in present tense and adds tiny, startling details that make the writing different than anything I've ever experienced. You don't have to read every essay to enjoy this book, but I would highly recommend "Coyotes," "Cousins," and "The Family Hour" for a great writing education; "The Fourth State of Matter" for anything and everything else. Reading Jo Ann Beard will make you a better writer.
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