Monday, April 22, 2013

Minor Characters: A Beat Generation Story

Minor Characters
By Joyce Johnson

Genre: Memoir/Nonfiction

Review: We read this for my book club. Joyce Johnson was a teen in the 1950s, traveling to the Village to listen to music, later attending Barnard. She finds herself in the orbit of the Beat Generation, among artists and poets. Joyce takes a job at a publisher, tries her hand at writing, and observes the world changing as she becomes one of the first young women in her neighborhood to move into her own apartment. Later, she meets Jack Kerouac and falls in love, right before his On the Road fame near the end of the 50s. If you are interested in this era, art, identity, women's rights, you will find this book interesting.

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