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Kingston, Maxine Hong. I LOVE A BROAD MARGIN TO MY LIFE. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 232 pages. As New/As New.

The author's third memoir. One of the most important literary events of the year 2011. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presents 65-year-old Maxine Hong Kingston's liberating reflections on "Forever Young" America's single greatest fear: Aging. The fear is not misplaced because aging means decline, the erosion and then the end of many worthwhile things and habits (health, sex, work, the body, memory, agility, beauty). It is also the prelude to death. Still, as all fears are when one thinks about it, worrying and despairing are futile because aging is inevitable. It can be delayed but it cannot be "cured", the Scientific Revolution notwithstanding. "Wisdom gained through a free-wheeling reflection on family, the past, fate, and self-reliance (which is Kingston's Chinese name, 'Tingting'). Has the cohesion and intricate logic of a musical composition. The artist is a mental traveller, presenting her life as a dream-like journey that both pulls Kingston toward oblivion and inspires seven reasons to live" (Publisher's blurb). "Each one who dies, I want to go with you" (Maxine Hong Kingston). A book that needed to be written by someone older and wiser, this is a "must-have" title for Maxine Hong Kingston collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Maxine Hong Kingston. It comes with a pristine copy of the 92nd Street Y Souvenir Program during which the signing was held. This title will become as collectible as her other books. This is one of few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for "The Woman Warrior" in 1976, the National Book Award for "China Men" in 1980, and the National Medal for the Humanities. One of the greatest living American writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MAXINE HONG KINGSTON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 030727019X. $70.00

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