With or Without You A Memoir

By: Ruta, Domenica

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"NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER
A haunting, unforgettable mother-daughter story for a new generation--the debut of a blazing new lyrical voice
Domenica Ruta grew up in a working-class, unforgiving town north of Boston, in a trash-filled house on a dead-end road surrounded by a river and a salt marsh. Her mother, Kathi, a notorious local figure, was a drug addict and sometimes dealer whose life swung between welfare and riches, and whose highbrow taste was at odds with her hardscrabble life. And yet she managed, despite the chaos she created, to instill in her daughter a love of stories. Kathi frequently kept Domenica home from school to watch such classics as the "Godfather "movies and everything by Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen, telling her, "This is more important. I promise. You'll thank me later." And despite the fact that there was not a book to be found in her household, Domenica developed a love of reading, which helped her believe that she could transcend this life of undying grudges, self-inflicted misfortune, and the crooked moral code that Kathi and her cohorts lived by.
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"With or Without You" is the story of Domenica Ruta's unconventional coming of age--a darkly hilarious chronicle of a misfit '90s youth and the necessary and painful act of breaking away, and of overcoming her own addictions and demons in the process. In a brilliant stylistic feat, Ruta has written a powerful, inspiring, compulsively readable, and finally redemptive story about loving and leaving.
Praise for "With or Without You"
"A luminous, layered accomplishment."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Bracingly funny and poignant."--"The Boston Globe"
"Stunning . . . comes across as a bleaker, funnier, R-rated version of "The Glass Castle" and marks the arrival of a blazing new voice in literature."--"Entertainment Weekly"
"A singular new coming-of-age memoir traces one girl's twisting path up from the mean streets (and parents) to the reflective life of a writer. . . . The burgeoning canon of literary memoir--spiked with a generous pour of 12-step-program confessional--begets another winner in Domenica Ruta's searing "With or Without You." . . . In spite of the glaring deficits in her life, Ruta was born 'with a wolfish appetite for the printed word.' . . . Luckily, her word addiction kept progressing until she had all the tools she needed to create this gloriously gutsy memory-work."--"Elle"
"The intensity of the clear-eyed manner in which Ruta conveys her abiding frustration with the parents who failed their child so casually and monumentally is exceedingly powerful stuff."--"Booklist"
"Valiant and heartbreaking."--"Bust"
"Domenica Ruta is a real and excellent writer who has language by the throat. She writes with big beauty and drives her story with huge humanism, empathy, and humor."--Gabrielle Hamilton, author of "Blood, Bones & Butter"
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"Powerful . . . wicked funny . . . Ruta writes with unflinching honesty."--Slate
"Difficult childhoods are plentiful, the talent to transform adversity into art in short supply. Unflinching in its regard, forgiving in its humor, "With or Without You" is that rare thing, a story you think you know transformed into one you have to read to the end."--Kathryn Harrison, author of "Enchantments"

Title: With or Without You A Memoir

Author Name: Ruta, Domenica

Categories: Memoir,

Edition: First

Publisher: New York, Spiegel & Grau: 2013

ISBN Number: 0812993241

ISBN Number 13: 9780812993240

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 0001525

Description: 210pp. 8vo. Signed by the author on the title page, book is Volume 38 in the Powell's Books Indiespensable series. The 21-page author interview booklet is also enclosed. Book has no dust jacket, as issued and comes in a custom black cloth slipcase with the title in flamboyant gold gilt on both sides (not on the spine). Book is unread, tight, unmarked, and has a number line from 1-9, and a stated First Edition on the copyright page. Gift quality.