'Tis: A Memoir

Written by:
Frank McCourt
Narrated by:
Frank McCourt

Unabridged Audiobook

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Book
93
Narrator
7
Release Date
September 1999
Duration
14 hours 10 minutes
Summary
A #1 New York Times bestseller and the eagerly anticipated sequel to the Pulitzer Prize–winning Angela’s Ashes, this masterpiece from Frank McCourt tells of his American journey from impoverished immigrant to brilliant teacher and raconteur.

Frank McCourt’s glorious childhood memoir, Angela’s Ashes, has been loved and celebrated by readers everywhere for its spirit, its wit and its profound humanity. A tale of redemption, in which storytelling itself is the source of salvation, it won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Rarely has a book so swiftly found its place on the literary landscape.

And now we have ’Tis, the story of Frank’s American journey from impoverished immigrant to brilliant teacher and raconteur. Frank lands in New York at age nineteen, in the company of a priest he meets on the boat. He gets a job at the Biltmore Hotel, where he immediately encounters the vivid hierarchies of this “classless country,” and then is drafted into the army and is sent to Germany to train dogs and type reports. It is Frank’s incomparable voice—his uncanny humor and his astonishing ear for dialogue—that renders these experiences spellbinding.

When Frank returns to America in 1953, he works on the docks, always resisting what everyone tells him, that men and women who have dreamed and toiled for years to get to America should “stick to their own kind” once they arrive. Somehow, Frank knows that he should be getting an education, and though he left school at fourteen, he talks his way into New York University. There, he falls in love with the quintessential Yankee, long-legged and blonde, and tries to live his dream. But it is not until he starts to teach—and to write—that Frank finds his place in the world. The same vulnerable but invincible spirit that captured the hearts of readers in Angela’s Ashes comes of age.

As Malcolm Jones said in his Newsweek review of Angela’s Ashes, “It is only the best storyteller who can so beguile his readers that he leaves them wanting more when he is done...and McCourt proves himself one of the very best.” Frank McCourt's ’Tis is one of the most eagerly awaited books of our time, and it is a masterpiece.
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Having previously read and enjoyed Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, I thought this book was even better! Quick, easy read. Very well written and gave a lot of insight into the author's life. Very humorous too!

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Having previously read and enjoyed Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, I thought this book was even better! Quick, easy read. Very well written and gave a lot of insight into the author's life. Very humorous too!

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After listening to Angela's Ashes and appreciating the life, dreams and humor of Frank McCourt seeking a better life in America's promised land I was eager to download 'Tis to learn where Frank's life adventures took him. He is a remarkable individual with a keen storytelling way about him.

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