Memories of a Catholic Girlhood

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1957 - Biography & Autobiography - 245 pages
This unique autobiography begins with McCarthy’s recollections of an indulgent, idyllic childhood tragically altered by the death of her parents in the influenza epidemic of 1918. Tempering the need to fictionalize for the sake of a good story with the need for honesty, she creates interchapters that tell the reader what she has inferred or invented. Photographs.
 

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I got suckered into reading another memoir, this time of a distant relative. It's a set of pieces that McCarthy had published mostly in the New Yorker with commentary in between about what was ... Read full review

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User Review  - thesmellofbooks - LibraryThing

An excellent collection of memoirs, though I would not want to have a relative take her razor-sharp pen thus to my character and ways. That said, the writing is not remorseless and cruel, but ... Read full review

Contents

To the Reader
3
Vonder Peasant Who Is He?
29
A Tin Butterfly
54
The Blackguard
87
Cest le Premier Pas Qui Coûte
102
Names
127
The Figures in the Clock
141
Vellowstone Park
169
Ask Me No Questions
195
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MARY MCCARTHY (1912-1989) was a short-story writer, bestselling novelist, essayist, and critic. She was the author of The Stones of Florence and Birds of America, among other books.

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