BODY LEAPING BACKWARD: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood by Maureen Stanton – Spotlight & Giveaway

Maureen Stanton’s memoir, ABOUT BODY LEAPING FORWARD (HoughtonMifflinHarcourt) shares the struggles of one young girl in the 1970s. It focuses on how Maureen was derailed by drugs and alcohol.

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-single mother descends into shoplifting, then grand larceny, anything to keep a toehold in the middle class for her children. No longer scared by threats of Walpole Prison, Stanton too slips into delinquency—vandalism, breaking and entering—all while nearly erasing herself through addiction to angel dust, a homemade form of PCP that swept through her hometown in the wake of Nixon’s “total war” on drugs.

Body Leaping Backward is the haunting and beautifully drawn story of a self-destructive girlhood, of a town and a nation overwhelmed in a time of change, and of how life-altering a glimpse of a world bigger than the one we come from can be.

Reading Maureen Stanton’s memoir was a little too close for comfort for me. At times, I felt I was reading about myself. Needless to say, I connected with her story.

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About Maureen Stanton

Maureen Stanton is an award-winning nonfiction writer, and author of “Body Leaping Backward: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood,” a People Magazine “Best New Books” pick, and “Killer Stuff and Tons of Money,” winner of the 2012 Massachusetts Book Award in nonfiction. Her essays and memoirs have been published in many literary journals, including Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, The Florida Review, New England Review, and River Teeth, among others. She has received the Iowa Review Prize, the American Literary Review Prize, Pushcart Prizes, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowships. She has an M.F.A. from Ohio State University, and teaches at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

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25 thoughts on “BODY LEAPING BACKWARD: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood by Maureen Stanton – Spotlight & Giveaway

  1. Hi, your book sounds very intriguing and like a very good page turner!! It’s been awhile that I last read a memoir. I will be adding this book to my TBR list, thank you so much for sharing about this book.


  2. I would so love to read this one. I have many friends whose children suffer from addiction issues and mental illness( including my own daughter). These issues are so part of today’s culture, more so than ever.


  3. Thanks to you I read a great memoir called How Sweet the Bitter Soup by Lori Qian. I love it. One of my top 10 favorite this yr


  4. This sounds really good. The last memoir I read was The Glass Castle. I also watched the movie. It was something that my son could relate to. His father is an alcoholic and very close to being homeless. Thanks Cindy for a chance to win!


  5. I can’t wait to read this one, I always seem to read my memoirs in the winter and this is definitely on the list! Thank you for being on this tour. Sara @ TLC Book Tours


  6. Wow, this one sounds absolutely amazing. The last memoir I read was Unfollow by Megan Phelps-Roper, about leaving the Westboro Baptist Church. It was really eye-opening.


  7. I love memoirs. I grew up in a tiny town and lived a sheltered life so reading about the “real world” is intriguing to me!


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