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Bronx Primitive: Portraits in a Childhood by…

Bronx Primitive: Portraits in a Childhood

by Kate Simon

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"As an account of growing up female, it is a fit companion piece to Mary McCarthy's classic Memoirs of a Catholic Girlhood."--Le Anne Schreiber, The New York Times.



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growing up in the bronx in the 20s. i was interested in this for 2 reasons--women's memoirs and new york. not really about new york and not really about the 20s. just about growing up then. maybe growing up is the same no matter when. trying to find out all the things adults know, trying to do well in school, coping with our siblings. she certainly dealt with more sexual abuse than i did. it was everywhere but not her parents and not violent. ( )
  mahallett | Oct 6, 2008 |
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The classic, unforgettable memoir of a young girl's coming of age, "Bronx Primitive" recalls the vitality of an immigrant neighborhood through the unsentimental eyes of a child. With an unerring eye for detail and an iridescent, clear-eyed prose, Kate Simon captures the particular world of her childhood as well as the universal uncertainties and triumphs of a young girl on the threshold of womanhood.
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