- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1St Edition edition (December 3, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780345458261
- ISBN-13: 978-0345458261
- ASIN: 0345458265
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Imaginary Girlfriend: A Memoir Paperback – December 3, 2002
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It was depressing because it was so off and so not what I had become used to. Am reading his autobiography now and enjoying it so much more.
something far different from the ruminations about wrestling that I got. Way too much about the
finer points of wrestling and very little else except that everything John Irving writes he writes well.
and creative writing