Body Leaping Backward: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood

Body Leaping Backward: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood

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 w For Maureen Stanton?s proper Catholic mother, the town?s maximum security prison was a...

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Title:Body Leaping Backward: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood
Author:Maureen Stanton
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:Body Leaping Backward: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

Body Leaping Backward: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood Reviews

  • Nancy Carty Lepri
    Jul 05, 2019
    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 Stanton Houghton Mifflin Harcourt July 16, 2019 10-1328900231 Memoir Man...
  • Carolyn
    Jul 29, 2019
    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 sc...
  • Kathy
    Mar 06, 2019
    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 i...
  • kelly
    Jul 21, 2019
    "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...
  • Krisette Spangler
    Aug 20, 2019
    I really enjoyed the first one third of this book, but the rest of it was just a slog. The author roams all over her memories and adds so many random facts in weird places. She often repeats herself, and I just lost interest after about the 50th page of her telling me she was stoned an...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Jul 28, 2019
    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 differen...
  • Joyce Qallison
    Aug 23, 2019
    Well Written. would recommend. not an easy read ...
  • Loretta Gaffney
    Sep 19, 2019
    Enjoyable but unremarkable. Don?t do Angel Dust, kids. ...
  • Rose
    Aug 05, 2019
    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 wis...
  • E.j. Levy
    Apr 07, 2019
    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...
  • Wm. Anthony Connolly
    Jul 28, 2019
    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...
  • Joanne King
    Sep 13, 2019
    Wonderful memoir of a girl's coming of age in the 1970s and her slide into drugs and delinquency. Stanton writes with sure-handed and eloquent prose to spin a compelling narrative, lightly intertwined with research that gives the larger sociocultural history of the decade and how the z...
  • Buddy Scalera
    Aug 08, 2019
    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...
  • Tracy
    Jul 19, 2019
    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...
  • Jason Anthony
    Sep 04, 2019
    Maureen Stanton's Body Leaping Backward is a gorgeous, powerful story about a heartbroken young woman losing herself in the troubles of her time and place - drugs and drinking in a Massachusetts prison town - and then finding her way home again. If you were a teenager who struggled aga...
  • Kathy
    Jan 19, 2019
    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 dru...
  • Bex Wiles
    Apr 02, 2019
    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 ...
  • Susan
    Aug 27, 2019
    I guess 3.5 on this one. I really enjoyed the first third of the book about her childhood in Walpole, Massachusetts, growing up in a city shadowed by a prison. But once she got to high school and started smoking angel dust, oy. I was bored senseless with page after page of how she got ...
  • Cheryl
    Aug 14, 2019
    Really 3 1/2 stars. I enjoyed all the references to growing up in the 70's in Massachusetts and I saw the parallels to some of my friends lives in this story. The sad parallels, that made me wonder where some of those people are now and did they pass through that difficult time intact....
  • BlackOxford
    Aug 01, 2019
    Bourgeois Boomer Blues Sexual intercourse began In nineteen sixty-three (which was rather late for me) - Between the end of the "Chatterley" ban And the Beatles' first LP. Up to then there'd only been A sort of bargaining, A wrangle for the ring, A shame that started at si...
  • Seth Ruderman
    Jul 27, 2019
    Unbelievable. Raw, honest...one of the best memoirs I've rever read. ...
  • Christine
    Aug 26, 2019
    Maureen Stanton was just fifteen when she got into angel dust. She was the middle child in a huge family that lived in the small town of Walpole, the most interesting fact of which seemed to be that it was home to Walpole Prison. Maureen's mother would warn her kids when they were grow...
  • Cori
    Jul 15, 2019
    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 ...
  • Stephanie
    Jul 28, 2019
    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 memoir...
  • Sandra Miller
    May 09, 2019
    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 ...
  • Ann-Marie Stanton
    Aug 19, 2019
    I love how honest this book is and how brave Maureen is to share her journey. I think of what a journey it is from teen to adult, the things we survived and changed us. Thank you Maureen for taking us on your journey. So glad you found your way to the light!!! ...
  • Christine
    Sep 02, 2019
    This memoir starts out with the typical large Irish Catholic family growing up near Walpole prison (there are some interesting tidbits about the criminals the Boston strangler). Her parents amicably divorced and Maureen (always independent and curious) experimented with drugs (also...
  • MarylineD
    Aug 13, 2019
    The kind of life story that makes you feel things, emotions, make you realize how hard some people's lives have been and how you should stop complaining about simple things or be bitchy when you have a small headache. I felt for Maureen. Well written, deep and meaningful. I wish...
  • Rita H
    Jul 22, 2019
    3.5 stars unflinchingly honest-- also depressing-- but it's true life, so... recommended for fans of true coming-of-age and women's memoirs ...
  • Sara King
    Aug 21, 2019
    Excellent read. She writes a captivating story from a genuine perspective of a young girl finding her way. Couldn?t put it down. ...