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  • Paperback
  • 208 pages
  • Memories of a Catholic Girlhood
  • Mary McCarthy
  • English
  • 10 October 2016
  • 9780099283454

About the Author: Mary McCarthy

Mary McCarthy – was an American a Catholic PDF/EPUB ¿ literary critic and author of than two dozen books including the New York Times bestseller The Group Born in Seattle McCarthy studied at Vassar College Memories of Epub / in Poughkeepsie New York and graduated in After moving to New York City McCarthy became known for her incisive writing as a contributor to publications such as the Nation the New Repub.



10 thoughts on “Memories of a Catholic Girlhood

  1. Sue Sue says:

    Overall Memories of a Catholic Girlhood presents interesting snapshots of a child then young adult's life being raised by relatives after the death of her parents An odd upbringing but obviously the only one she has to compare to in her life Mary McCarthy was only six years old when her parents decided to move from Seattle home of her mother's parents to Minneapolis home of her father's On the train trip the entire family became ill with the flu and Mary's parents died This began her odyssey in search of herself and her place in her familyfamiliesThe story is presented in somewhat fictionalized flashbacks especially of the early years based on her memories with afterwords of corroborations or corrections of some details that arise out of discussions with her brothers with whom she shared the early years in Minneapolis The years in Seattle are all from Mary's memory and have only her editorial oversight as the boys were left behind by her grandfather Preston in Minnesota and she did not see them again for yearsThe title is in some regards a misnomer as Mary fights off the Catholic title early on though it appears to still be part of her She describes the daily school routines of convent school before transferring to an Episcopalian High School with her Grandfather's agreement She becomes a very young atheist adept at manipulating the various systems in which she must live be it the Preston household the convent school the new high school or apparently adult lifeI liked the sections where she steps back from the stories and assesses what she has written with an authorial eye a bit less passionately I think these sections help to make the whole gel completely and make sense when we do realize the youth of the original narratorThis is an interesting memoir speaking of a long gone era but of some things that still occur today unfortunately It has much to offer the right readerAn ecopy of this book was provided by NetGalley

  2. Teresa Teresa says:

    RereadI first read this book in the early ‘80s in a university course on autobiography We read works that traced the history of the genre and ended with this book I remember reading Rousseau and enjoying him immensely but I remember this most of all perhaps because I was young and it spoke to some of my own experiences The only paper we wrote for the class was our own ‘autobiography’ Though I no longer have the paper that’s another story I remember it distinctly Each of my siblings I have five was the focus of a ‘chapter’ and the professor commented negatively on only one saying I hadn’t captured one brother as I had the others I agree; he’s always been the slipperiestEarlier this month after telling a friend the details of a project I’m working on and how I planned on connecting some fictional sections I’d written with nonfictional bits she recommended I reread this I took her advice and was startled at how I had ‘stolen’ some of McCarthy’s techniue Did I pull out this method from somewhere deep in the recesses of my mind? Who knows? I couldn’t begin to figure out how many books I’ve read or how many may have influenced me in one way or another Of course it’s not an exact theft for only one difference McCarthy sticks with first person throughout; even though afterward she explains what’s fictional that is what’s not an exact memoryTimes have changed since McCarthy wrote this so her memoirs first published in magazines and then incorporated into this book are not as controversial as they would be now Times have also not changed In the opening chapter ‘To the Reader’ I am struck by the similarity of the hate mail McCarthy received to a type of online commenting of today The “scurrilous” letters from lay readers mostly women she says the priests and nuns who wrote to her were always gracious were so similar she says they could’ve been written by one person “freuently full of misspellings” though the person claimed to be educated; “all without exception menacing”; “they attempt to constitute themselves a pressure group;” one even says she is sure what McCarthy has written is illegalSince I read this for a different reason than I usually read a book I’m finding it hard to review Last night I happened to see a stray review of McCarthy with a low rating that just said “she’s no role model” I feel that’s missing the point; but if one wants to judge a work that way I say this is an honest brave true to herself well written account—and we can all aspire to that

  3. Catherine Catherine says:

    25 starsThe essays that make up Memories of a Catholic Girlhood are not particularly memorable despite being written in McCarthy's wonderful smart smart prose The earlier vignettes about the loss of her parents to the 1918 flu pandemic and her awful life in Minneapolis under the guardianship of a ham fisted aunt and uncle are fascinating but once McCarthy moves back to the sheltered uiet rarified care of her grandparents in Seattle her essays become less interesting and animated in turnWhat makes this collection fascinating is not the essays but the analysis that follows each one Each essay was written for a magazine and McCarthy frankly picks apart her own memory after sharing the original text examining what she thinks she fabricated and why and where she can't be sure what's truth and what's fiction As an insight into the process of creating prose and the thin line between fact and fantasy the analyses are compelling and instructional I feel like I learned about McCarthy from her dissection of her own writing than from the essays themselves

  4. carlageek carlageek says:

    Mary McCarthy was such a delightful writer that I could read her writing about just about anything But what’s most wonderful about this memoir of McCarthy’s early life is the richness afforded by its structure In this volume McCarthy collected a set of autobiographical essays that she wrote in the late 40s and 50s and knit them together with some connective tissue notes to the reader in which she comments on the content and ruminates on the imprecise and unreliable nature of memory As such the book gives you three Mary McCarthys the schoolgirl who is the subject the memoirist who is writing about her and the commentator who observes with distance and perhaps objectivity They are respectively a sort of id ego and superego

  5. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    I admit that I wasn't sure I would like this book I put it on my To Read list after someone else gave it a good review and I am not too sure I actually read the description before I did soAbout 10 pages into it I realized that this book had the possibility to offend and anger me as a practicing Catholic I made a promise to myself that if I found myself getting upset I would drop it and move onI was pleasantly surprised This is a very good autobiography that tackles the issue of losing faith without ever offending or mocking othersMcCarthy finds a careful balance between sharing her personal story of life after her parents died during the flu epidemic in the first uarter of the 1900s and talking about the pivotal moment when she went from devout Catholic to atheistI found it very interesting and extremely well written She wrote this autobiography in the 1950s well into adulthood I enjoyed the italicized parts at the end of each chapter explaining what she filled in with fiction and what she was certain to be true It was a very interesting way to read an autobiography This is something authors should take time to do reallyIt's worth a read but she is certainly wordy and references a lot of Latin and Greek literature I would say some knowledge of the classics is necessary to understand parts of the book She does an excellent job of talking about them without seeming pretentious or like she is trying too hard

  6. Leslie Leslie says:

    What's most interesting about this memoir is how McCarthy takes all the choices she makes as a memoirist and subjects them to scrutiny She talks about the temptation to fictionalise the dubious reliability of memory the reasons to include or exclude information the implications for truthtelling of shaping life events and memories into a coherent narrative the compromises and failures inherent in the form uite fascinating

  7. Alan Alan says:

    I first read this in a house Mary McCarthy visited her Vassar '33 classmate's at Westport Harbor a grand house with glazed bookshelves containing classics and McCarthy's Group which included the hostess as one of the characters This autobiography appalled and delighted me a collection of humans almost like a zoo I read it in a grand corner room above the library with a few books like Lenin's Lettres à sa famille and with Cambodian bow for the hunt over the fireplace bow windows overlooking a non archery foxhunt The hunt took place over a turnip field that has since given rise to the giant home of a society architect who has a summer home a half mile down the road on the beach Sheer genius to eliminate the travel distances between seasonal homes though one may speculate that the seasonal change between homes may bewellfewer and less dramatic

  8. Courtney Courtney says:

    Mary McCarthy lost both of her parents to influenza within a week of each other as they were traveling to Minnesota to begin a new life She was shipped off at age 6 to live with her draconian aunt and uncle At 11 she was finally saved by wealthy grandparents in Seattle Fantastic beautifully written memoir with sharp characterizations and told with rapier sharp wit

  9. David David says:

    Upon finishing 'The Group' my bud Dan Leo recommended several other books by Mary McCarthy Since I found McCarthy's writing extraordinary I did a little exploring of her work and settled on this one with a somewhat misleading title that soon accurately reveals itself as 'Bad Memories of a Catholic Girlhood' Early on in their lives the author and her three younger male siblings lost their parents to a flu epidemic They were taken in by relatives; 'taken in' took on a dual meaning Whereas their life with mom and dad had been comparatively pleasurable even if dad was a bit fiscally irresponsible the kids soon realized they'd basically become third class citizens in a class conscious atmosphere of fierce if taciturn matriarchs and somewhat miluetoast or faux macho men all in the sanctimonious name of religion Apparently these collected recollections first saw light as magazine pieces When they were combined as a book McCarthy cleverly wrote addendums for all sections save the last These additions serve in part to remind us that memory can be faulty McCarthy took the opportunity to correct errors of perception pointed out by siblings and others She also tells us that she received than a fair amount of hate mail for her 'attacks' on the Catholic church though conversely she received than a fair amount of grateful thanks from those who informed her that her experiences mirrored their own With this work McCarthy is not exactly taking on the Catholic church per se but rather those who follow its tenets or those who did when she was a young girl Again and again she describes people leading lives of rather pointless austerity who have little room in their hearts for acts of love These are generally people who have interpreted 'love' as 'tough love' devoid of a loving nature Though it's true that Catholic schools then or now have not cornered the market on hypocrisy or cruelty it's also true that they do their part I'm a product of Catholic school grade school through college and though I'm no longer Catholic I can vouch for much of what McCarthy writes If I didn't experience uncomfortable or unpleasant things as first hand as she did I certainly witnessed than I care to remember One of the values of a book like this a detailed memoir is that it encourages the reader to look back into his or her own young life for things that merit reviewing As is the case with 'The Group' these memories are impeccably written Overall McCarthy is a sharp observer of physical detail as well as character The only thing that made me a bit sad during the reading is that it seems McCarthy's experiences resulted in her becoming an atheist While that's understandable under the circumstances it still seems a sort of 'baby with the bathwater' thing to do when genuine things of the spirit have nothing to do with the established and largely flawed dictates of man made 'religious' doctrine

  10. Judy Judy says:

    Mary McCarthy's autobiographical collection of essays originally appeared in The New Yorker and Harper's Bazaar between 1946 and 1955 For the book she wrote comments on her essays and addressed the perennial uestion of the veracity of memory All of this was highly interesting to me since I am writing a memoir myself The McCarthy children including Mary's three brothers lost their parents in the flu epidemic of 1918 after an ill advised move by train from Seattle to Minneapolis during the worst weeks of the epidemic How would we ever have memoirs to read if young free spirited parents did not subject their children to foolish or desperate adventures? The author is an example of how a highly intelligent human being overcomes adversity and makes a life for herself though not without emotional scars Her family included devout Catholics Protestants Jews and the occasional atheist She attended public schools convent schools and boarding schools After a stint with stingy Minneapolis relatives where the children were practically starved to death Mary returned to Seattle and lived with her maternal grandparents in a state of over protection and confused religious beliefs She became a rebellious promiscuous feminist until finally settling down to marriage and motherhood though she never compromised her intellectual pursuits After reading only two of her novels and this memoir she has become one of my heroines on a par with Joni Mitchell

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10 thoughts on “Memories of a Catholic Girlhood

  1. Sue Sue says:

    Overall Memories of a Catholic Girlhood presents interesting snapshots of a child then young adult's life being raised by relatives after the death of her parents An odd upbringing but obviously the only one she has to compare to in her life Mary McCarthy was only six years old when her parents decided to move from Seattle home of her mother's parents to Minneapolis home of her father's On the train trip the entire family became ill with the flu and Mary's parents died This began her odyssey in search of herself and her place in her familyfamiliesThe story is presented in somewhat fictionalized flashbacks especially of the early years based on her memories with afterwords of corroborations or corrections of some details that arise out of discussions with her brothers with whom she shared the early years in Minneapolis The years in Seattle are all from Mary's memory and have only her editorial oversight as the boys were left behind by her grandfather Preston in Minnesota and she did not see them again for yearsThe title is in some regards a misnomer as Mary fights off the Catholic title early on though it appears to still be part of her She describes the daily school routines of convent school before transferring to an Episcopalian High School with her Grandfather's agreement She becomes a very young atheist adept at manipulating the various systems in which she must live be it the Preston household the convent school the new high school or apparently adult lifeI liked the sections where she steps back from the stories and assesses what she has written with an authorial eye a bit less passionately I think these sections help to make the whole gel completely and make sense when we do realize the youth of the original narratorThis is an interesting memoir speaking of a long gone era but of some things that still occur today unfortunately It has much to offer the right readerAn ecopy of this book was provided by NetGalley

  2. Teresa Teresa says:

    RereadI first read this book in the early ‘80s in a university course on autobiography We read works that traced the history of the genre and ended with this book I remember reading Rousseau and enjoying him immensely but I remember this most of all perhaps because I was young and it spoke to some of my own experiences The only paper we wrote for the class was our own ‘autobiography’ Though I no longer have the paper that’s another story I remember it distinctly Each of my siblings I have five was the focus of a ‘chapter’ and the professor commented negatively on only one saying I hadn’t captured one brother as I had the others I agree; he’s always been the slipperiestEarlier this month after telling a friend the details of a project I’m working on and how I planned on connecting some fictional sections I’d written with nonfictional bits she recommended I reread this I took her advice and was startled at how I had ‘stolen’ some of McCarthy’s techniue Did I pull out this method from somewhere deep in the recesses of my mind? Who knows? I couldn’t begin to figure out how many books I’ve read or how many may have influenced me in one way or another Of course it’s not an exact theft for only one difference McCarthy sticks with first person throughout; even though afterward she explains what’s fictional that is what’s not an exact memoryTimes have changed since McCarthy wrote this so her memoirs first published in magazines and then incorporated into this book are not as controversial as they would be now Times have also not changed In the opening chapter ‘To the Reader’ I am struck by the similarity of the hate mail McCarthy received to a type of online commenting of today The “scurrilous” letters from lay readers mostly women she says the priests and nuns who wrote to her were always gracious were so similar she says they could’ve been written by one person “freuently full of misspellings” though the person claimed to be educated; “all without exception menacing”; “they attempt to constitute themselves a pressure group;” one even says she is sure what McCarthy has written is illegalSince I read this for a different reason than I usually read a book I’m finding it hard to review Last night I happened to see a stray review of McCarthy with a low rating that just said “she’s no role model” I feel that’s missing the point; but if one wants to judge a work that way I say this is an honest brave true to herself well written account—and we can all aspire to that

  3. Catherine Catherine says:

    25 starsThe essays that make up Memories of a Catholic Girlhood are not particularly memorable despite being written in McCarthy's wonderful smart smart prose The earlier vignettes about the loss of her parents to the 1918 flu pandemic and her awful life in Minneapolis under the guardianship of a ham fisted aunt and uncle are fascinating but once McCarthy moves back to the sheltered uiet rarified care of her grandparents in Seattle her essays become less interesting and animated in turnWhat makes this collection fascinating is not the essays but the analysis that follows each one Each essay was written for a magazine and McCarthy frankly picks apart her own memory after sharing the original text examining what she thinks she fabricated and why and where she can't be sure what's truth and what's fiction As an insight into the process of creating prose and the thin line between fact and fantasy the analyses are compelling and instructional I feel like I learned about McCarthy from her dissection of her own writing than from the essays themselves

  4. carlageek carlageek says:

    Mary McCarthy was such a delightful writer that I could read her writing about just about anything But what’s most wonderful about this memoir of McCarthy’s early life is the richness afforded by its structure In this volume McCarthy collected a set of autobiographical essays that she wrote in the late 40s and 50s and knit them together with some connective tissue notes to the reader in which she comments on the content and ruminates on the imprecise and unreliable nature of memory As such the book gives you three Mary McCarthys the schoolgirl who is the subject the memoirist who is writing about her and the commentator who observes with distance and perhaps objectivity They are respectively a sort of id ego and superego

  5. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    I admit that I wasn't sure I would like this book I put it on my To Read list after someone else gave it a good review and I am not too sure I actually read the description before I did soAbout 10 pages into it I realized that this book had the possibility to offend and anger me as a practicing Catholic I made a promise to myself that if I found myself getting upset I would drop it and move onI was pleasantly surprised This is a very good autobiography that tackles the issue of losing faith without ever offending or mocking othersMcCarthy finds a careful balance between sharing her personal story of life after her parents died during the flu epidemic in the first uarter of the 1900s and talking about the pivotal moment when she went from devout Catholic to atheistI found it very interesting and extremely well written She wrote this autobiography in the 1950s well into adulthood I enjoyed the italicized parts at the end of each chapter explaining what she filled in with fiction and what she was certain to be true It was a very interesting way to read an autobiography This is something authors should take time to do reallyIt's worth a read but she is certainly wordy and references a lot of Latin and Greek literature I would say some knowledge of the classics is necessary to understand parts of the book She does an excellent job of talking about them without seeming pretentious or like she is trying too hard

  6. Leslie Leslie says:

    What's most interesting about this memoir is how McCarthy takes all the choices she makes as a memoirist and subjects them to scrutiny She talks about the temptation to fictionalise the dubious reliability of memory the reasons to include or exclude information the implications for truthtelling of shaping life events and memories into a coherent narrative the compromises and failures inherent in the form uite fascinating

  7. Alan Alan says:

    I first read this in a house Mary McCarthy visited her Vassar '33 classmate's at Westport Harbor a grand house with glazed bookshelves containing classics and McCarthy's Group which included the hostess as one of the characters This autobiography appalled and delighted me a collection of humans almost like a zoo I read it in a grand corner room above the library with a few books like Lenin's Lettres à sa famille and with Cambodian bow for the hunt over the fireplace bow windows overlooking a non archery foxhunt The hunt took place over a turnip field that has since given rise to the giant home of a society architect who has a summer home a half mile down the road on the beach Sheer genius to eliminate the travel distances between seasonal homes though one may speculate that the seasonal change between homes may bewellfewer and less dramatic

  8. Courtney Courtney says:

    Mary McCarthy lost both of her parents to influenza within a week of each other as they were traveling to Minnesota to begin a new life She was shipped off at age 6 to live with her draconian aunt and uncle At 11 she was finally saved by wealthy grandparents in Seattle Fantastic beautifully written memoir with sharp characterizations and told with rapier sharp wit

  9. David David says:

    Upon finishing 'The Group' my bud Dan Leo recommended several other books by Mary McCarthy Since I found McCarthy's writing extraordinary I did a little exploring of her work and settled on this one with a somewhat misleading title that soon accurately reveals itself as 'Bad Memories of a Catholic Girlhood' Early on in their lives the author and her three younger male siblings lost their parents to a flu epidemic They were taken in by relatives; 'taken in' took on a dual meaning Whereas their life with mom and dad had been comparatively pleasurable even if dad was a bit fiscally irresponsible the kids soon realized they'd basically become third class citizens in a class conscious atmosphere of fierce if taciturn matriarchs and somewhat miluetoast or faux macho men all in the sanctimonious name of religion Apparently these collected recollections first saw light as magazine pieces When they were combined as a book McCarthy cleverly wrote addendums for all sections save the last These additions serve in part to remind us that memory can be faulty McCarthy took the opportunity to correct errors of perception pointed out by siblings and others She also tells us that she received than a fair amount of hate mail for her 'attacks' on the Catholic church though conversely she received than a fair amount of grateful thanks from those who informed her that her experiences mirrored their own With this work McCarthy is not exactly taking on the Catholic church per se but rather those who follow its tenets or those who did when she was a young girl Again and again she describes people leading lives of rather pointless austerity who have little room in their hearts for acts of love These are generally people who have interpreted 'love' as 'tough love' devoid of a loving nature Though it's true that Catholic schools then or now have not cornered the market on hypocrisy or cruelty it's also true that they do their part I'm a product of Catholic school grade school through college and though I'm no longer Catholic I can vouch for much of what McCarthy writes If I didn't experience uncomfortable or unpleasant things as first hand as she did I certainly witnessed than I care to remember One of the values of a book like this a detailed memoir is that it encourages the reader to look back into his or her own young life for things that merit reviewing As is the case with 'The Group' these memories are impeccably written Overall McCarthy is a sharp observer of physical detail as well as character The only thing that made me a bit sad during the reading is that it seems McCarthy's experiences resulted in her becoming an atheist While that's understandable under the circumstances it still seems a sort of 'baby with the bathwater' thing to do when genuine things of the spirit have nothing to do with the established and largely flawed dictates of man made 'religious' doctrine

  10. Judy Judy says:

    Mary McCarthy's autobiographical collection of essays originally appeared in The New Yorker and Harper's Bazaar between 1946 and 1955 For the book she wrote comments on her essays and addressed the perennial uestion of the veracity of memory All of this was highly interesting to me since I am writing a memoir myself The McCarthy children including Mary's three brothers lost their parents in the flu epidemic of 1918 after an ill advised move by train from Seattle to Minneapolis during the worst weeks of the epidemic How would we ever have memoirs to read if young free spirited parents did not subject their children to foolish or desperate adventures? The author is an example of how a highly intelligent human being overcomes adversity and makes a life for herself though not without emotional scars Her family included devout Catholics Protestants Jews and the occasional atheist She attended public schools convent schools and boarding schools After a stint with stingy Minneapolis relatives where the children were practically starved to death Mary returned to Seattle and lived with her maternal grandparents in a state of over protection and confused religious beliefs She became a rebellious promiscuous feminist until finally settling down to marriage and motherhood though she never compromised her intellectual pursuits After reading only two of her novels and this memoir she has become one of my heroines on a par with Joni Mitchell

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