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Author Selgin, Peter, author.

Title The inventors : a memoir / by Peter Selgin.

Publication Info. Portland, Oregon : Hawthorne Books, 2016.


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 Portland Public Library - Adult Department  BIOG SELGIN, PETER    Check Shelf
Description 413 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Summary Fall, 1970. At the start of eighth grade, Peter Selgin fell in love with the young teacher who’d arrived from Oxford in Frye boots, with long hair, and a passion for his students that was intense and unorthodox. The son of an emotionally remote inventor, Peter was also a twin with a burning need to feel unique. The teacher supplied that need. They spent hours in the teacher’s cottage, discussing books, playing chess, drinking tea, and wrestling. They were inseparable, until the teacher "resigned." Over the next decade they met occasionally and corresponded constantly, their last meeting a disaster. Only after he died did Peter learn that the teacher had completely fabricated his past. As for Peter’s father, the British-accented genius inventor, he turned out to be the son of prominent Italian Jews. Paul Selgin and the teacher were both "self-inventors," enigmatic men whose lies and denials betrayed the boy who idolized them. The Inventors is the story of how these men shaped the author’s journey to manhood, a story of promises fulfilled and broken as he uncovers the truth about both men, and about himself. For like them--like all of us--Peter Selgin, too, is his own inventor.
Subject Selgin, Peter -- Family.
Teacher-student relationships -- Biography.
Authors, American -- 21st century -- Biography.
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS -- Parenting -- Fatherhood.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Autobiographies. (OCoLC)fst01919894
Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
Subject Selgin, Peter. (OCoLC)fst01935981
Chronological Term 2000-2099
Subject Authors, American. (OCoLC)fst00821764
Families. (OCoLC)fst01728849
Teacher-student relationships. (OCoLC)fst01144236
ISBN 9780989360470 (paperback)
0989360474 (paperback)
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