When All the World Was Young

A Memoir

By Barbara Holland
(Bloomsbury USA, Hardcover, 9781582345253, 256pp.)

Publication Date: February 10, 2005

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Paperback, Hardcover, Paperback

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The author deemed "a national treasure" by the Philadelphia Inquirer finally tells her own story, with this sharp and atmospheric memoir of a postwar American childhood.

Barbara Holland finally brings her wit and wisdom to the one subject her fans have been clamoring for for years: herself. When All the World Was Young is Holland's memoir of growing up in Washington, D.C. during the 1940s and 50s, and is a deliciously subversive, sensitive journey into her past. Mixing politics (World War II, Senator McCarthy) with personal meditations on fatherhood, mothers and their duties, and "the long dark night of junior high school," Holland gives readers a unique and sharp-eyed look at history as well as hard-earned insight into her own life. A shy, awkward girl with an overbearing stepfather and a bookworm mother, Holland surprises everyone by growing up into the confident, brainy, successful writer she is today. Tough, funny, and nostalgic yet unsentimental, When All the World Was Young is a true pleasure to read.

About the Author

Barbara Holland is the author of fourteen previous books, including Gentlemen's Blood, Hail to the Chiefs, and They Went Whistling, and has written for Smithsonian, Glamour, Playboy, the Utne Reader, Redbook, Seventeen, and the Washington Post, among many others. She lives on a mountain in the Virginia Blue Ridge.

Praise For When All the World Was Young

"A wise, funny, haunting and thoroughly grown-up book…splendid."
-Jonathan Yardley

"Beautifully written…sharply detailed recollections…compelling, both touching and funny…Holland writes with breezy elegance and a sly wit."

"Ms. Holland, a shrewd, witty writer, casts a sharp backward glance at America the day before yesterday."

"Imagine Lauren Bacall narrating Tristram Shandy…Leisurely and rich as a long, steamy summer day."

"[A] smart coming-of-age text…all credible and persuasive…an acute narrative of how the clever Holland came to be so writerly."

"A wise, funny, haunting and thoroughly grown-up book…splendid."
-Jonathan Yardley

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