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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140232230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140232233
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 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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10 of 11 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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6 of 6 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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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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nomdeplume on June 23, 2014
Format: Paperback
Ms. Cantwell depicts a NYC that actually opened its arms to those who strove to succeed. We know this as the American Dream; in today's economy, it's hard to catch a break no matter how hard you try.

Her husband wants to get a new job; he quits his old one (despite his parents rightly pointing out it's safer to keep your current one while you look). He then finds a new job, just like that! Imagine that! It's hard to imagine in this economy, but Mary also can just walk into a magazine and ask to get a job, or tell her boss not to fire her. I'm sure she undersells her talents in this book, as it does depict a lot of her neuroses, but it depicts a way of life that the Baby Boomers had that just isn't there anymore.

Onwards from the work & economy, as depicted....

Mary seems extremely codependent. She never seems to get angry for her husband's long affair; yes, their marriage was troubled, but what he did was awful. People keep telling her to have more mercy for herself, but she can't. She blames it on her Catholicism, but misses the point: she was never told she was better than how she was treated by her husband. Since she admits to blurring the lines in therapy (and her dreams) between her father and her husband, one can imagine that her idealized portrait of her dad is just that, and that somehow he and/or her mother created this dynamic of codependency and a lack of self-worth that she plays out with her husband. Now, sometimes the husband is unfairly blamed for things too-- and it is amazing how much prejudice her community and mother had against him for being Jewish.

Since it's a memoir, I was hoping the narrator would at least indicate later on she was able to process some anger and move on, but she seems mired in regret and nostalgia.
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5 of 6 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 5 people found the following review helpful By Poofreader extrordinaire on January 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I read this book a number of years ago and thought it was wonderful. She very affectionately recalls the dreams of glamor from her youth and reflects in a clear-eyed way on how she became sadder and wiser. I think anyone who's dreamed of a career in publishing and labored in obscurity may find someone they recognize here. I wish I could remember more bits now to entice readers, but oh well ... I suggest some book groups out there that have grown a bit weary of exotic tales and flamboyant self-referential authors take it on. They should. We're in a season when we seek warmth and charity, and the author has a lot of both in her memoir.
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