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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140232230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140232233
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

New York Times editor Cantwell recalls the triumphs and tribulations of her early adulthood in Greenwich Village of the '50s and '60s.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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YA?An easy-to-read autobiographical account of a fashion-magazine writer in the 1950s. Fresh out of college, Cantwell arrived in Greenwich Village and shared an apartment with a friend. Despite all the flair of metropolitan life, experiences with high-style department stores, exclusive little shops, theaters, parties, restaurant outings, and even a romance and marriage, she became increasingly depressed. Her close ties to a lovingly encouraging father were broken by his early death. She details the passsage of years by describing the flats, houses, and apartments she lived in and the jobs lost and gained in her career pursuit. Despite Cantwell's lifelong involvement with psychoanalysis, her account is enlivened with the cheerful glamor of little black dresses, Steuben glassware, ethnic neighborhoods, and the whole ambiance of the city, presenting anew the eternal charm of the Big Apple for the young.?Frances Reiher, King's Park Library, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Francoise Latrelle on August 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
I read this book a few years ago and LOVED it tremendously, declaring it my new favorite book, which is why I owe it a (belated) 5-star ranking. If it had been written in the '50s and early '60s - the time span she covers - it would have enjoyed as much or more success as the "single women in the city" books of the late '90s (Bridget, Girl's Guide, Sex in the City). However, written as a memoir it is even more mesmerizing in it's evocation of a heady, romantic time in Manhattan - nothing like the coldness of today's Sex in the City. I particularly loved Cantwell's voice/writing style which is full-bodied in a light-handed way - with such great observations of detail and dialogue and the culture of that time, against a great backdrop of fashion and manhattan brownstones. It has the intelligence I wish more of today's books which profile young women would have.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. T on July 7, 2001
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First of all, this book has the best title in the world, bar none. More importantly, Cantwell writes about hard times without being even remotely self-pitying or tedious, and that's no mean accomplishment. Manhattan, When I Was Young is an absorbing, evocative valentine to being young and confused in New York City. It's also beautifully written and extremely entertaining.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "wolfmagik" on January 18, 2003
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Mary Cantwell takes you on a wonderful journey through her life in the 50's and 60's from single girl to a divorced mother working as a magazine editor. With us she shares the good times, as well as her tough times which makes for a fabulous life and all that she has accomplished for herself and her children........
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "sona_sometimes" on November 28, 1999
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Mary Cantwell's Manhattan is vibrant and colorful. She approaches the city with generous admiration and honest trepidation. If you've lived there, her experience will immediately resonate with your own. A must read for stylish and sophisticated New Yorkers or those who aspire to be!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1999
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I loved this very memorable memoir. It provides a window into an interesting world in language that sings with truth and clarity. The author is so honest and forthright that one can't help but feel drawn in and compassionate for her. There is no place like New York and this book takes you there during the 50's and 60's, certainly an interesting time. Highly recommend it, I think women and men who were raising children during this time would particularly enjoy it. A friend in publishing in New York commented that what is really scary is that nothing has changed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 1996
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This book operates on many levels. It tells the story of a young woman from a repressive background who learns to be herself -- and stand on her own -- through her 20's and 30's... It describes the New York publishing world, particularly fashion, at a time when what Vogue said, went... It stars HER New York, before SoHo and Greenwich Village had descended into urban shopping malls... And it's a picture of how all these things change against the certainties of the 50's and the turmoil of the 60's.
Ms. Cantwell tells her story with simple, crisp images and acute turns of phrase.

One of my favorite books this year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Krohnert on March 19, 2009
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The book and author were mentioned in "What Remains," written by Carole Radziwill who was married to Jackie Onassis' nephew. After searching for the book at the local library, decided to check it out thru Amazon.com. Both interesting and different. Author is telling her autobiography by revisiting five apartments in which she lived. She arrived in Manhattan the summer in the early 1950's with only $80, portable typewriter, a book of peoms, a boyfriend and no idea how to live on her own. Lived in the "Village" and worked at "Mademoeselle" magazine. She married, had two daughters and admits she would rather be working than being at home. She met celebraties, remembers the great "Blackout" of 1965, the beginnings of feminism, dressed like Jackie, saw a "shrink" for years and eventually was divorced...husband's choice. She called him B. throughout the book. Yes, interesting and different...and the price was right, only 10 cents plus $3.99 S&H.
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