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My Own Two Feet

By Beverly Cleary

The New Yorker said of the first volume of Beverly Cleary's memoirs, "It is a warm, honest book, as interesting as any novel, and describes the growing-up process with remarkable clarity and candor." Now the creator of Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins writes of her early adulthood with humor and insight, making Beverly Cleary's own story as lively and irresistible as any of her novels.

In 1934, Beverly Bunn left home to attend college in California, which she imagined as the land of orange groves and movie stars, far removed from the hardships of the Depression. As a young woman who 11 was sure where she wanted to go but did not know if she could find the money to get there," she juggled studies of Chaucer and French grammar with the many chores that came with life in a student cooperative house. She also found time to eat a bacon and tomato sandwich with a quiet young man named Clarence Cleary.

Work as a librarian brought her into contact with all sorts of youngsters, from the children of the unemployed to the offspring of doctors and lawyers. But it was the children who built scooters out of apple boxes and roller skates who truly inspired her. They asked, "Where are the books about kids like us?" and the young librarian responded with her first book, about a boy named Henry who had a dog named Spareribs-later changed to Ribsy.

Told with the deep understanding of human nature that has made her books beloved by three generations of readers, My Own Two Feet is a lively, unforgettable look at the early years of a woman whose books speak directly to the hearts and imaginations of children everywhere.

Format

Book

Availability

2 available at Main (Downtown)
  • B Cleary, Biography
  • CB Cleary, Children's Biography
1 available at Blythewood
  • C BIOGRAPHY Cleary, Children's Biography
1 available at Cooper (Forest Acres)
  • CB Cleary, Children's Biography
1 available at Northeast
  • CB Cleary, Children's Biography

Publish Date

1995

ISBN

0688142672


Format: Book
Author: Cleary, Beverly
Summary: Follows the popular children's author through college years during the Depression; jobs including that of librarian; marriage; and writing and publication of her first book, "Henry Huggins."
Title: My own two feet / by Beverly Cleary.
Publisher Date: New York : Morrow Junior Books, 1995.
Subject: Cleary, Beverly -- Childhood and youth -- Juvenile literature. Women authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography -- Juvenile literature. Women librarians -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature. Authors, American -- Juvenile literature -- Juvenile literature. Women -- Biography -- Juvenile literature
Isbn: 0688142672 (RTE)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 5
System Items Total: 5
Call Number: B Cleary
Oclc: 32049878
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Bib Id: 55842

Format: Book
Author: Cleary, Beverly
Summary: Follows the popular children's author through college years during the Depression; jobs including that of librarian; marriage; and writing and publication of her first book, "Henry Huggins."
Title: My own two feet / by Beverly Cleary.
Publisher, Date: New York : Morrow Junior Books, 1995.
Description: 261 p., [31] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Cleary, Beverly -- Childhood and youth -- Juvenile literature.
Subjects: Women authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Subjects: Women librarians -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Subjects: Authors, American -- Juvenile literature -- Juvenile literature.
Subjects: Women -- Biography -- Juvenile literature
Other Author: Cleary, Beverly. Girl from Yamhill.
Notes: Continuation of: A girl from Yamhill.
LCCN: 95001764
ISBN: 0688142672 (RTE)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 5
Total Copies: 5
Call Number: B Cleary