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Russell Baker received the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for this biography/autobiography approximately starting to be up within the backwoods of Virginia, in a brand new Jersey Commuter city, and within the Depression-shadowed city panorama of Baltimore, all taking place among the realm wars. Baker introduces us to the folks that impacted his formative years, and he additionally discusses robust love, awkward intercourse, and braveness within the face of adversity. the nice melancholy supplied the backdrop opposed to good fortune, and to aid his mom and family members via it, he added papers and hustled subscriptions of The Saturday night Post, which brought him to bullies, mentors, and heroes who confronted nationwide catastrophe with labor and stable cheer.

About the Author
Russell Baker is the winner of the 1979 George Polk Award for remark, the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for extraordinary observation, and the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Biography for his publication Growing Up (1982). He served as a long-time columnist for The big apple Times, writing the syndicated column "Observer" and hosted the PBS convey Masterpiece Theatre. He additionally wrote a sequel to Growing Up known as The stable Times (1989).

He started his occupation in 1947 at The Baltimore Sun, happening to affix the Washington Bureau of The manhattan Times in 1954, protecting nationwide politics, specifically Congress and the White apartment. "Observer" all started in 1962 and coated every thing from nationwide controversies to private reports. Baker retired from column writing in 1998, after greater than 3 many years of well-loved and well-read writing. He lives in Leesburg, Virginia along with his spouse, Mimi, and is a widespread contributor to The manhattan evaluation of Books.

Literary awards
Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography (1983)

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When I read most of the sentence without too much help, he said to my mother, “You’re doing good with him. ” Pleased, my mother reached across me and kissed him on the cheek. ” They both laughed a little a t this. Maybe he liked the extravagance of the idea as much as she did. Then he turned off the kerosene lamp. That night they let me sleep between them. The occasional outbursts of passion that flickered across my childhood were like summer storms. The sky clouded suddenly, thunder rumbled, lightning flashed, and I trembled a few moments, then just as swiftly the sky turned blue again and I was basking contentedly in the peace of innocence.

Don’t sit there,’’ she cautioned. ” And that was a dangerous place to be? “Lawsa mercy, child, it’s the worst place in the room during a thunderstorm. 1 came in after the storm and told her I’d been at grandmother’s. “Why don’t you stay on this side of the road where you belong? ” My grandmother thought my mother kept me under too much discipline and delighted in taking me to her cellar pantry and stuffing me with forbidden treats. One afternoon she took me down there in the darkness to feed me on her homemade bread.

After one such clipping I climbed a hill in Brunswick with my father to call at Uncle Tom’s house. Though Uncle Tom was fourteen years older, my father loved and respected him above all his brothers. Maybe it was because he saw in Tom the blacksmith some shadow of the blacksmith father who died when my father was only ten. Maybe it was because Tom, living in such splendor with his indoor bathroom and his Essex, had escaped Morrisonville and prospered. Maybe it was for Tom’s sweetness of character, which was unusual among Ida Rebecca’s boys.

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