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I Know Some Things: Stories about Childhood by Contemporary Writers Paperback – June, 2000

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These marvelous, fiercely articulate stories liberate the buried child lurking in every adult. Each of the 20 tales is narrated by a youngster or by a grown-up looking back with rueful hindsight. Emotional complexity is the keynote. In Margaret Atwood's "Betty," a girl identifies with a "nice" woman neighbor but later rejects her as a role model when the facade of her perfect marriage crumbles. In Spalding Gray's funny, freewheeling "Sex and Death to the Age 14,"title ok an irrepressible boy growing up in a Christian Science household explores his budding sexuality. The rebellious, pot-smoking heroine of Sheila Schwartz's "Out-of-the-Body Travel"ok must come to terms with her father's desertion and her embittered mother's mental collapse. Amy Tan, Susan Minot, Jamaica Kincaid, Peter Meinke, Leonard Michaels, Harold Brodkey and Alice Munro, among others, explore such issues as divorce, absentee fathers, the immigrant experience, insomnia and a boy's awakening to his homosexuality. These unforgettable, immediate stories reveal how children continually revise their road map of the fearsome, beckoning adult world.
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"These marvelous, fiercely articulate stories liberate the buried child lurking in every adult . . . Unforgettable." -- Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (June 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571198023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571198023
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,696,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lorrie Moore is the author of the story collections Like Life, Self-Help, and Birds of America, and the novels Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? and Anagrams. She is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
I Know Some Things: Stories About Childhood By Contemporary Writers is a compilation of engaging, individual literary tales about childhood that cut across gender, age, class, ethnicity, and geography. Here to be found memorable stories of heartache and joy, growing up, and viewing the world in new and different ways. The authors include Glenda Adams, Margaret Atwood, Toni Cade Bambara, Charles Baxter, Catherine Brady, Harold Brodkey, Charles D'Ambrosio Jr., D.J. Durnam, Max Garland, Spalding Grey, Jamaica Kincaid, Richard McCann, Peter Meinke, Leonard Michaels, Susan Minot, Alice Munro, Catherine Petroski, Sheila Schwartz, Amy Tan, and Stephanie Vaughan. I Know Some Things is highly recommended, rewarding reading.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By English Teacher on August 11, 2000
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Even a glance through the table of contents in Lorrie Moore's newly reprinted "I Know Some Things" demonstrates its utility for the teacher of creative writing. We tell our students to write about what they know, and what they know is their own lives. The stories in this collection, representing a range of today's talented writers, also represent the range of experience the writers had between their early childhood and their middle teenage years. The volume thereby would come in handy as a set of models for young writers in a secondary or college creative writing class. I also see the book's potential for use in a psychology course.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ireadabookaday VINE VOICE on March 13, 2010
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At a glance, you might think this is a collection of stories by Lorrie Moore, but beware, it is not. This is a collection of wildly differing and unrelated stories on the topic of childhood. While I love Lorrie Moore's work, both short fiction and novels, none of the authors included appeal to me the way she does. ( Not one story compares favorably to Moore's near- masterpiece " People Like That Are the Only People Here" ) But, if you are looking specifically for a book of short stories by contemporary authors on the general topic of childhood, this might appeal to you.
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