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The Virgin of Bennington by Kathleen Norris
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Feb 15, 09

bookshelves: biography, memoir
Read in December, 2001

The Virgin of Bennington is Kathleen Norris's memoir of her time in New York City during college. I was thrilled to learn that our quiet town librarian had tasted the seedy life in the 1960's complete with sex, drugs, new and old friendships, and even a love affair with a college professor. She also explores her decision to leave the big city and come back to our small town to focus on her writing (this is something I always wondered about as a kid -- why does she choose to live in this boring town when she could live anywhere?). This is my favorite of Norris's books.

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