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Famous Builder

Author 1
Paul Lisicky
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Paul Lisicky remembers being not much like other boys his age, but rather the awkward thirteen-year-old with "arms thick as drinking straws," who composes tunes in his head that he might later send to Folk Mass Today or to the producers of The Partridge Family. Born into a family whose incremental success bumps them up a notch from their immigrant upbringing and into suburban America, Paul puts his creative, undaunted energy into drawing intricate housing development plans and writing liturgical music.

In these lively, loving essays, Lisicky explores the constant impulse to rebuild the self. With gracious, thoughtful candor and pitch-perfect humor, he explores the very personal realms of childhood dreams and ambitions, adolescent sexual awakenings, and adult realities.

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$15.00
ISBN
ISBN
978-1-55597-369-8
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Format
Paperback
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Pages
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200
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Trim Size
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Keynote
"How difficult it is to make the familiar fresh again! Yet that's exactly what Lisicky does in this wise and unusual memoir."—Andrea Barrett

About the Author

Paul  Lisicky
Credit: Beowulf Sheehan
Paul Lisicky is the author of five books, including Later: My Life at the Edge of the World, The Narrow Door, and Famous Builder. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts, among others. He teaches in the MFA program at Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn.

http://www.paullisicky.net/
 
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