New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1987. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's half black cloth over tan paper-covered boards, spine gilt, original dust jacket.
Gornick's unflinchingly honest memoir about her fraught relationship with her mother, her 1950s Bronx girlhood, and her trials as a woman in pursuit of a life of the mind: "My mother is an urban peasant and I am my mother's daughter. The city is our natural element. We each have daily adventures with bus drivers, bag ladies, ticket takers, and street crazies. Walking brings out the best in us." Faint rubbing to edges of boards, unclipped dust jacket with small closed tear and approximately 1" crease to top edge of rear panel. Very good. Item #15