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Author Stanton, Maureen, author.

Title Body leaping backward : memoir of a delinquent girlhood / Maureen Stanton.

Publication Info. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    92 Stanton,M STA    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    92 STANTON,M    Available
 PAS Santa Catalina Branch Non-Fiction    92 STANTON,M    Available
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Description xv, 218 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
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Summary "For Maureen Stanton's proper Catholic mother, the town's maximum security prison was a way to keep her seven children in line ('If you don't behave, I'll put you in Walpole Prison!'). But as the 1970s brought upheaval to America, and the lines between good and bad blurred, Stanton's once-solid family lost its way. A promising young girl with a smart mouth, Stanton turns watchful as her parents separate and her now-single mother descends into shoplifting, then grand larceny, anything to keep a toehold in the middle class for her children. No longer scared by threats of Walpole Prison, Stanton too slips into delinquency--vandalism, breaking and entering--all while nearly erasing herself through addiction to angel dust, a homemade form of PCP that swept through her hometown in the wake of Nixon's 'total war' on drugs. Body Leaping Backward is the haunting and beautifully drawn story of a self-destructive girlhood, of a town and a nation overwhelmed in a time of change, and of how life-altering a glimpse of a world bigger than the one we come from can be"-- Provided by publisher.
"An arresting story of a risk-taking girlhood, set against the cultural turmoil of the 1970s in Walpole, Massachusetts, an 'every town' with a famous state prison. 'Mesmerizing . . . daring and important.'" -- Andre Dubus III"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 212-215).
Contents Prologue: You can't even get out -- Here we are living -- Tilt -- Operation pocketbook -- Conti la Monty -- Clarity and logic -- Hello world -- Work-study -- Speech acts -- Stop the dust -- Body leaping backward.
Subject Stanton, Maureen.
Female juvenile delinquents -- Massachusetts -- Walpole -- Biography.
Drug abuse and crime -- Massachusetts -- Walpole.
Walpole (Mass.) -- Social conditions.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
ISBN 9781328900234 (hardback)
1328900231 (hardback)

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