By Annie Dillard
A booklet that immediately captured the hearts of readers around the nation, An American Childhood is Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Annie Dillard's poignant, bright memoir of growing to be up in Pittsburgh within the Nineteen Fifties.
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For instance, although I was a geologist, I realized that I did not have a geologist's temperament. Geologists generally have a tendency to be overly optimistic because of the nature of their business. You can get a string of dry holes that could destroy some guys, but you can't give up. You have to think that the next one is going to hit a big field for you. I am usually more conservative than people want to believe. In the oil patch I often saw enthusiasm that turned out to be misplaced, and I became leery of perpetual optimists.
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An American Childhood by Annie Dillard