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Eleven Stories High
Growing Up in Stuyvesant Town, 1948-1968
Eleven Stories High
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Corinne Demas - Author
Price: $55.50 
Hardcover - 205 pages
Release Date: July 2000
ISBN10: 0-7914-4629-8
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-4629-4

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Price: $31.95 
Paperback - 205 pages
Release Date: July 2002
ISBN10: 0-7914-4630-1
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-4630-0

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This memoir evokes a girl's coming of age in a postwar New York City planned, "utopian" community.

This poignant memoir of life in Stuyvesant Town, a New York City housing project, describes growing up in what the author deems a "utopia of the fifties." Corinne Demas evokes in convincing detail the friendships, foibles, and fantasies of a girl's coming of age in a "vertical" neighborhood of pets, games, elevator rides, and family life. She follows the process of memory, rather than the conventions of chronology, to take us on a vivid journey of the 1950's and 60's America of Halloween costumes, roller skating, the new T.V. culture, high school dances, and music lessons. She lovingly tells of her father--an unconventional dentist--and her mother, both a traditional housewife and a high school biology teacher.

"I loved every word....Stuyvesant Town, with its unexpected charm, is as strong a character as any I've encountered in personal narrative." -- Anita Shreve, author of The Pilot's Wife

"Corinne Demas is a wonderful storyteller, and her ability to render anecdotes about times and places gone by--to conjure up the tastes and smells and details of a vanished world--is quite remarkable." -- Jay Neugeboren, author of Imagining Robert: My Brother, Madness, and Survival: A Memoir

Corinne Demas is Professor of English at Mt. Holyoke College. She is the author of a novel, two short story collections, and many children's books, most recently If Ever I Return Again.


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Prologue
Acknowledgments

1. Stuyvesant Town

2. Elevators

3. Stores

4. Creatures

5. Games

6. Night

7. Dentistry

8. Music

9. School

10. Phones

11. Shopping

12. Girls

13. Biology

14. Woman's Work

15. Television

16. Greeks

17. Holidays

18. China

19. Subways

20. Cars

21. Kisco

22. Bricks

Epilogue



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