Manhattan, When I Was Young: A Memoir

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HMH, Sep 18, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 214 pages
A “wonderful memoir” of a woman’s life as a fashion-magazine writer in 1950s and ’60s New York (Publishers Weekly).

Mary Cantwell arrived in Manhattan one summer in the early 1950s with eighty dollars, a portable typewriter, a wardrobe of unsuitable clothes, a copy of The Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins, a boyfriend she was worried might be involved with the Communists, and no idea how to live on her own. She moved to the Village because she had heard of it, and worked at Mademoiselle because that was where the employment agency sent her.

In this evocative and unflinching book, Cantwell recalls the city she knew back then by revisiting five apartments in which she lived. Her memoir vividly recreates both a particular golden era in New York City and the sometimes painful, sometimes exhilarating process of forging a self.

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I don't remember what led me to this, but it was a perfect fit for the reading window I had today. It's a little self-indulgent, but deliciously name-droppy. There's some fine, therapy-earned insights ... Read full review

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This is another book I had to think about before attempting to review it. Parts of it I loved and parts I found uncomfortable to read. Cantwell has written three memoirs and this is the middle one ... Read full review

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About the author (1995)

Mary Cantwell is a former magazine editor and long-time member of the New York Times Editorial Board. She lives in Greenwich Village, New York.

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