Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
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Presents a personal account of the author's youth, his parents, and the 1950s upstate New York town they struggled to escape, recounting the encroaching poverty and illness that challenged everyday life and the dreams his mother instilled that inspired his career.
Publisher: [Westminster. Md.] : Books on Tape, 2012
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780449012543
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file, 7 hr., 3 min.)
Additional Contributors: Books on Tape, Inc


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Apr 14, 2014

After reading Russo's Pulitzer novel 'Empire Falls' - which I loved - I was curious to know about Russo's life. Really, this book focuses mostly on Russo's mother and his relationship with her. Not easy to listen to at times, as he can seem to be merely kvetching at times, but his voice (yes, Russo himself reads his memoir) was arresting and helped me feel the subsurface emotion in his sentences.

Apr 06, 2013

I didn't finish this. It's about the author's mom, and I got frustrated as he attempted to describe her world from her perspective, when it was his perspective of her perspective. Fine in a novel, but I found it frustrating here. Or maybe I was just in the mood for something more exciting.

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