My Sky Blue Trades: Growing Up Counter in a Contrary Time
Author of the widely acclaimed New York TimesNotable Book The Gutenberg Elegies, distinguished critic and essayist Sven Birkerts explores in this brilliantly written memoir what it means to be an American with roots in a distant culture. The son of Latvian immigrants, Birkerts describes how his struggle to find his own path thrust him up against the myths of his origins-the turbulent lives of his grandparents, whose artistic ambitions played out against a backdrop of revolution and war-as well as the excesses of the 1960s counterculture. A moving saga of a writer's painful-and comic-coming-of-age, My Sky Blue Tradesis an absorbing chronicle of the circuitous path Birkerts took to becoming one of America's foremost literary figures.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - RandyMetcalfe - LibraryThing
Eventually, Sven Birkerts became a significant American commentator on poetry and fiction. But before that happened he had a lot of growing up to do. Maybe he still does, if this memoir is any ... Read full review
MY SKY BLUE TRADES: Coming Up Counter in a Contrary TimeUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Keen, affecting, suspicious, evocative, subtly cool memoir of Birkerts's first 30 years.His complex narrative mimics the action of a mind, "juxtaposing past and present, suddenly extracting from ... Read full review