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The commonality of it, for those who manage to make the passage into adulthood, in no way lessens the vast jumble of experience that childhood visits upon us. It is a time of wonderment, delight, trauma, mystery, terror, vulnerability, animation, ignorance, growth, obsession, frustration, dread, callousness, curiosity, anger, learning, duplicity, joy, and pain: a trial by fire whose mixed reward is most often more of the same when we grow older. In these stories, poems, novel excerpts, memoirs, and essays, darkness often mingles with laughter—not merely the laughter of innocence but that of freshly earned knowledge.
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Life with Father
The Hauser Variations (As Sung by Male Voices, A Capriccio)
A Secret Life
Close to Home
Two Incidents from Exist to Kiss You
Fourteen Prose Poems
The Big Betty Stories
Girls in White Dresses
Memoirs of a Boy Detective
Digging to the Devil
Walking Hand in Hand with Dinah: A Book without Pictures or Conversations
Conversations with Fountains