At the Still Point: A Memoir

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Simon & Schuster, Jan 1, 1996 - Social Science - 255 pages
Gifted with her family's writing talent and tremendous wit, Carol Buckley has written an extraordinarily honest and moving account of her turbulent life as the youngest member of the famous Buckley family. The last of ten children, her parents well into middle age and her siblings mostly grown by the time she was born, Carol Buckley describes the opulent neglect of her early childhood - a lost child left to the care of servants. She tells poignant anecdotes about her brothers and sisters in their youth, including her most well-known sibling, National Review editor William F. Buckley, Jr. This is no Mommic Dearest, but the facts of Buckley's upbringing do explain the crises that she would experience later on. In Buckley's words, this is a book of resolution and self-discovery - instead of reinventing herself, she became the person she was meant to be.

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A socialite turned social worker reflects sensitively on a pampered but lonely childhood that led to troubled marriages and attempted suicide. It is hard to believe that in a family of ten children ... Read full review

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Buckley was the last child born into the large and privileged Buckley clan. (William F. Buckley Jr. is the most notable of the ten children.) She grew up among servants, feeling abandoned or neglected ... Read full review


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