Body Leaping Backward by Maureen Stanton

Body Leaping Backward

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-sing...


Details Body Leaping Backward

TitleBody Leaping Backward
ISBN9781328900234
Author
Release DateJul 16th, 2019
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Literature, American, Biography Memoir
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Reviews Body Leaping Backward

  • BlackOxford
    2019-08-01
    Bourgeois Boomer BluesSexual intercourse beganIn nineteen sixty-three(which was rather late for me) -Between the end of the "Chatterley" banAnd the Beatles' first LP.Up to then there'd only beenA sort of bargaining,A wrangle for the ring,A shame that started at sixteenAnd spread to everything.Then all at once the quarrel sank:Everyone felt the same,And every life becameA brilliant breaking of the bank,A quite unlosable game.So life was never bett...
  • Cori
    2019-07-15
    This book was read by my bookclub and it brought up interesting conversation. All of us learned something about Angel Dust/PCP and how much it influenced the community in Walpole where Maureen grew up. The story of Maureen's childhood brought up fun memories and conversation for us to discuss from parenting philosophies to our high school experiences (which all were thankfully different than this book!). Overall it painted a very good picture of ...
  • Nancy Carty Lepri
    2019-07-05
    I have reviewed this book for New York Journal of Books where it will be posted on the site the evening before the publication date. Body Leaping Backward: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood by Maureen StantonHoughton Mifflin HarcourtJuly 16, 201910-1328900231MemoirMany young teens turn rebellious as they grow up. They're trying to gain their own individuality to become independent, and many times they do this by bucking the system. This is the situ...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    2019-07-28
    I was reminded of Light Years, Chris Rush's excellent memoir. Both Stanton and Rush came from Catholic backgrounds with many siblings in families that imploded, and both overcame teenage extravagances to realize their potential as first rate artists. Of course the details were different, but I was struck more by the similarities of the era and how the 1960's and '70's, an age when many of us were raising our own families under the same pressures,...
  • Kathy
    2019-03-06
    Maureen Stanton's memoir Body Leaping Backward: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood is the story of the trials and tribulations of growing up in Walpole, Massachusetts in the 1970s. Overall this is an engaging, well told memoir, with an amazing sense of place (as a person who grew up in Massachusetts, I especially appreciated the shout-out to Building 19!) Though, honestly, I expected this memoir to be a bit more dramatic, (see the author's addiction...
  • E.j. Levy
    2019-04-07
    Brilliant and hilarious and heartbreaking, Body Leaping Backward is a book to savor. Timely and timeless both, Stanton's memoir of coming of age in a prison town chronicles a childhood undone by loss and drugs and the long journey home. Luminous and moving, Stanton's book speaks to our current drug crisis and to anyone who has had a family.
  • Wm. Anthony Connolly
    2019-07-28
    Really, Maureen Stanton should be dead.Or behind bars.To be honest, it’s surprising she made it out of the Vietnam War-Bomb-Scare-Watergate 70s riding a delinquent crest of the second wave of feminism.Stanton should have beached or burned out. She was a scapegrace on PCP, bound for an early obituary. But no, today Stanton's very much alive and she’s one of the leading lights of creative nonfiction prose in America. The professor of the art at...
  • kelly
    2019-07-21
    "Body Leaping Backward" is a memoir of Maureen Stanton's life growing up in the mid-70's in a working class family in Walpole, Massachusetts. Throughout the book, the shadow of the maximum security prison in the area looms large, in both the author's mind and in the warnings her mother gives her to behave herself, lest she end up on the inside of the gates. For the first several years of her life, Stanton grows up in a happy home with her six sib...
  • Bex Wiles
    2019-04-02
    Body Leaping Backwards is a gritty memoir about a teenager growing up in Walpole with the shadow of the prison looming over her. It is an interesting read for giving some context about what drug culture was like in the 70s and how it permeated normal life. The author drip feeds in cultural information about famous Walpole prison inmates and how PCP affected well-known people in American society. Nonetheless, though it has some very interesting pa...
  • Carolyn
    2019-07-29
    I’m grateful to Maureen Stanton for Body Leaping Backward - Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood. I, too, grew up in Walpole, Massachusetts, though am younger than Maureen and did not know her personally. However, we moved through the same north Walpole neighborhoods, attended the same schools, had many of the same teachers, and witnessed the same surge in drugs in suburbia during the 1970s. Stanton’s ability to capture the dangerous and grim dark...
  • Stephanie
    2019-07-28
    Perfectly captures that weird razor's edge of adolescence, the place and the time. Written in a deceptively simple way that rings true and effortlessly pulls you in before you know it. Definitely not a hazy nostalgic all happy in the end story, and quite possibly one of the best memoirs I've ever read.
  • Seth Ruderman
    2019-07-27
    Unbelievable. Raw, honest...one of the best memoirs I've rever read.
  • Tracy
    2019-07-19
    I don’t know what potion this author has in her back pocket, but I have never read a memoir that so accurately recalls not only the time of adolescent finding of one’s voice, purpose, and self, but also the raw emotions of fear, anger and darkness that tend to envelop these painful years. Ms. Stanton’s laid bare memories of her childhood and especially sophomore and junior years as an individual hungry to leave her current state are brutall...
  • Rita H
    2019-07-22
    3.5 starsunflinchingly honest-- also depressing-- but it's true life, so...recommended for fans of true coming-of-age and women's memoirs
  • Kathy
    2019-01-19
    Thanks to Net Galley I received a digital advanced copy of Body Leaping Backward: Memoir of a Delinquent Childhood. I learned a lot about PCP, angel dust, and drug culture of the 1970’s. I know how easy marijuana was to get in the 1980’s in suburbia but I had no idea what other drugs were readily available especially in the 1970’s before the Just Say No campaign and the “War on Drugs.” I am now a mother of teenage daughters which gave m...
  • Sandra Miller
    2019-05-09
    I read a review copy of this memoir, and it is stunning. Stanton's writing here is probing, smart, lyrical, and, in places, hysterically funny. Her story about growing up in a large Irish family in the 1970s in the shadows of Walpole Prison will appeal to anyone who lived through that decade or is interested in the strangeness of what went on in those years. Stanton captures the craziness of the times--yes there's sex and drug and rock 'n' roll--...
  • Buddy Scalera
    2019-08-08
    I had high hopes for this book, but I just could not get into it. I appreciate an author who sets things up, but the observations were meandering and lacked impact for me. Does the author have a great memory for details related to the 1970s? Sure. But it didn't really feel like she was sharing the best, most compelling stories. It felt like every memory had equal weight. I thought I could plow through because of the short page count, but I just c...
  • Rose
    2019-08-05
    I know that parents divorce is a tsunami in a child's life, and these kids didn't even see it coming. The parents sounded like good Catholic folks and good parents together, but not apart, and their lives sounded so miserable thereafter. This book was so heartbreaking that I almost wished I hadn't read it.