AN AMERICAN CHILDHOOD Dillard's headlong immersion into the mysteries of the natural world—from bedrocks to the heavens, and flora and fauna (from amoebas to us)—places this childhood memoir of life with a companionable family in Pittsburgh's elite enclave in the 50's and 60's. There is less tugging at the rare insight, the wild surmise, as in, say, Dillard's Teaching the Stone to Talk (1982), and this bright
An American Childhood An all time favorite of mine. It is meditative. It grounds me when I need it. It may be all the details if Annie's childhood, but it is the spirit and the soul of every childhood.
An American Childhood This book is structurally well written, but should be filed under philosophy. I got the point early on, but skipped several paragraphs. Heavier reading than I expected!
Review: An American Childhood It just didn't hold my interest...perhaps because I read it after reading Crossing to Safety which I really liked.
Review: An American Childhood Not my usual brand of book, since there's a lot more descriptions of small things as compared to action-packed. even though i'm not huge on this style, Dillard writes beautifully.
Well Written But An Homage to Incredible Wealth While this author writes well the story is only engaging if your memories of or interest in a childhood in the 50s centers on a level of wealth known to precious few of that era. What 6 year old knows