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Growing Up (Plume) Paperback – January 1, 1983
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Wonderful both as a story and as a piece of writing.
"Buddy", she said, "maybe you could be a writer".-Russell Baker from Growing Up
It is as a tribute to his mother that Russell Baker, one of America's leading wordsmiths and humorists, wrote Growing Up, his 1982 account of doing just that during the depression. The memoir one him his second Pulitzer Prize (his first he won 4 years prior for his New York Times "Observer" Column). The book itself is very well-written (as is pretty much everything Baker's ever done) and has dashes of humor throughout it. Yet overall. the book ranks as a touching tribute to the mama who raised him, pushed him when he needed pushing and ultimately encouraged him to make something of himself.
"Lord how I hated those words", Baker writes at the conclusion of chapter 1 of Growing up, referring of course to "make something of yourself". Young Russell wasn't a bad boy per se. He was a decent young man who had the same habit that many people of 7-8 (end often higher in many cases) have: laziness. Of course, his mother Lucy Elizabeth did not approve of this at all. She was determined that her son was going to get on the path to success. Growing Up is the story of how she and several other influences in young Russell's life helped steer him that way.
The other influences include his younger sister Doris, his Uncle Harold, his Aunt Pat and his 12th grade high school English teacher Mr. Fleagle.Read more ›
"Growing Up" is carefully crafted by this experienced writer, yet reads as if he had effortlessly put together this a seamless memoir. The many characters come to vivid life with all their virtues and foibles, and Baker's narrative flows smoothly from beginning to end. A great read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book very much. I love memoirs and while there is nothing earth shattering here it is well written and enjoyable.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome book . Baker makes you laugh and cry. Through his eyes as a young boy growing up in the depression and losing a dad at a young age he had to grow up fast. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Really enjoyed this book. Could relate personally to much of it. Great read for Boomers!Published 6 months ago by Tom Englert
This is not only Russell Baker’s story, it is also a story of the United States in the Great Depression. Read morePublished 6 months ago by kathyd
There is nothing earthshaking happening in Russell Baker’s memoir, Growing Up. No rampant alcoholism, disfiguring calamity, or a soul-searing incident of abandonment to hook and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Raymond M. Wong
One of my favorite stories of growing up and living long enough to look back and tell the story. Thank you Mr. Baker.Published 6 months ago by madewa
Being famous sells memoirs, but that doesn't mean it's a great memoir.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer