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The Virgin of Bennington by Kathleen Norris
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Jul 26, 2008

really liked it

Reading this book is like getting a good dose of literary history, along with name-dropping of folks like Patti Smith, Jim Carroll and Andy Warhol's assistant, Gerard Melanga. But it's not just the name-dropping that is fascinating; after all, celebrity gossip is not enough to entice a reader of literature. It's also a story of a writer coming into her own, with help from Betty Kray and Experience. Inspiring and wise, that's what both Betty Kray (as director of the YMHA, Academy, and Poets House) and Kathleen Norris offer us in this tale of writing, learning and growing.

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