Famous Builder

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Graywolf Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 276 pages
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Paul Lisicky remembers being not much like other boys his age, but rather the awkward thirteen-year-old with "arms thick as drinking straws," who composes tunes in his head that he might later send to Folk Mass Today or to the producers of The Partridge Family. Born into a family whose incremental success bumps them up a notch from their immigrant upbringing and into suburban America, Paul puts his creative, undaunted energy into drawing intricate housing development plans and writing liturgical music.

In the lively, loving essays contained in Famous Builder, Lisicky explores the constant impulse to rebuild the self. With gracious, thoughtful candor and pitch-perfect humor, he explores the very personal realms of childhood dreams and ambitions, adolescent sexual awakenings, and adult realities.

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User Review  - TimBazzett - LibraryThing

enjoyed Lisicky's story tremendously. It's simply damn good writing about growing up in New Jersey in a family that is thoroughly human, with all its warts and flaws showing. (I especially enjoyed his ... Read full review

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Lisicky grew up in the suburbs, but he is anything but a typical suburban kid, and what sets this memoir apart is the lyricism, humor, and refreshing candor with which he describes his life. At age ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Paul Lisicky is the author of the celebrated novel Lawnboy. He teaches fiction and creative nonfiction at Sarah Lawrence College and in the low-residency M.F.A. Program at Antioch University and lives in New York and Provincetown.

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