Tis: A Memoir (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 22, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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Frank McCourt's glorious childhood memoir, Angela's Ashes, has been loved and celebrated by readers everywhere for its spirit, its wit and its profound humanity. A tale of redemption, in which storytelling itself is the source of salvation, it won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Rarely has a book so swiftly found its place on the literary landscape.
And now we have 'Tis, the story of Frank's American journey from impoverished immigrant to brilliant teacher and raconteur. Frank lands in New York at age nineteen, in the company of a priest he meets on the boat. He gets a job at the Biltmore Hotel, where he immediately encounters the vivid hierarchies of this "classless country," and then is drafted into the army and is sent to Germany to train dogs and type reports. It is Frank's incomparable voice -- his uncanny humor and his astonishing ear for dialogue -- that renders these experiences spellbinding.
When Frank returns to America in 1953, he works on the docks, always resisting what everyone tells him, that men and women who have dreamed and toiled for years to get to America should "stick to their own kind" once they arrive. Somehow, Frank knows that he should be getting an education, and though he left school at fourteen, he talks his way into New York University. There, he falls in love with the quintessential Yankee, long-legged and blonde, and tries to live his dream. But it is not until he starts to teach -- and to write -- that Frank finds his place in the world. The same vulnerable but invincible spirit that captured the hearts of readers in Angela's Ashes comes of age.
As Malcolm Jones said in his Newsweek review of Angela's Ashes, "It is only the best storyteller who can so beguile his readers that he leaves them wanting more when he is done...and McCourt proves himself one of the very best." Frank McCourt's 'Tis is one of the most eagerly awaited books of our time, and it is a masterpiece.
  

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Review: 'Tis (Frank McCourt #2)

User Review  - Kendra Fabritz - Goodreads

Characters: 3. The main characters were well described, but there are so many different characters that Frank encounters throughout the book that it is hard to keep track of them all. Frank is a ... Read full review

Review: 'Tis (Frank McCourt #2)

User Review  - Lydia - Goodreads

Mr McCourt is an amazing writer. As was the case with Angela's Ashes, I constantly had to remind myself this was not fiction. Otherwise I would have laughed out loud at what was in fact misery ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
11
Section 2
19
Section 3
34
Section 4
38
Section 5
42
Section 6
67
Section 7
75
Section 8
97
Section 12
153
Section 13
164
Section 14
190
Section 15
253
Section 16
287
Section 17
291
Section 18
302
Section 19
313

Section 9
126
Section 10
138
Section 11
151
Section 20
317
Section 21
373
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About the author (1999)

Frank McCourt (1930-2009) was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Irish immigrant parents, grew up in Limerick, Ireland, and returned to America in 1949. For thirty years he taught in New York City high schools. His first book, Angela's Ashes, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the L.A. Times Book Award. In 2006, he won the prestigious Ellis Island Family Heritage Award for Exemplary Service in the Field of the Arts and the United Federation of Teachers John Dewey Award for Excellence in Education.

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