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Trying to float : coming of age in the Chelsea Hotel

Author: Nicolaia Rips
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Scribner hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"'Hysterically droll, touching, elegant, and wise--a coming-of-age story from someone who possibly came of age before her parents' (Patricia Marx, New Yorker writer and bestselling author), Trying to Float is a seventeen-year-old's darkly funny, big-hearted memoir about growing up in a legendary New York City hotel. New York's Chelsea Hotel may no longer be home to its most famous denizens--Andy Warhol, Leonard  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Named Person: Nicolaia Rips; Nicolaia Rips; Nicolaia Rips
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicolaia Rips
ISBN: 9781501132988 1501132989
OCLC Number: 946254974
Description: xiv, 254 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue --
Part One: THE FLEDGLING YEARS --
My First Trip --
Italy --
Preschool --
The Pool Party --
The Crafties --
Halloween --
My Steed --
Pippi --
Eyes --
Stormé --
But Not the Fish --
A Leg Up --
A Crush --
Artie --
My Babysitters --
The Theater --
Rebecca --
Winter Valley --
The Traitor --
My Friend Fan --
The Traitor Revealed --
Part Two: MIDDLE SCHOOL --
The Sewer and the Cutter --
The Delicacy of Love --
Friendship and Chocolate --
Greta Returns --
Moving On --
King of the Night --
The Studio --
My Crowd --
The Schnoz --
Mom vs. Mama --
The Dance --
The Shaman --
Tic-Tac-Toke --
Summer Camp --
An Unexpected Journey --
My Interested Look --
Cinderella --
The Banana Peels of Optimism --
The Playing Fields of West Chelsea --
Mr. Crafty Moves Out --
At Last --
Author's Note.
Responsibility: Nicolaia Rips.

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"'Hysterically droll, touching, elegant, and wise--a coming-of-age story from someone who possibly came of age before her parents' (Patricia Marx, New Yorker writer and bestselling author), Trying to Float is a seventeen-year-old's darkly funny, big-hearted memoir about growing up in a legendary New York City hotel. New York's Chelsea Hotel may no longer be home to its most famous denizens--Andy Warhol, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, to name a few--but the eccentric spirit of the Chelsea is alive and well. Meet the family Rips: father Michael, a lawyer turned writer with a penchant for fine tailoring; mother Sheila, a former model and renowned artist who matches her welding outfits with couture; and daughter Nicolaia, a precocious high school senior working on a record of her peculiar seventeen years. Nicolaia is a perpetual outsider who has struggled to find her place in schools populated by cliquish girls and loudmouthed boys. But at the Chelsea, Nicolaia need not look far to find her tribe. There's her neighbor Stormé, a tall woman who keeps a pink handgun strapped to her ankle; her babysitter, Jade, who may or may not have a second career as an escort; her friend Artie, former proprietor of New York's most famous nightclubs. The kids at school might never understand her, but as Nicolaia endeavors to fit in, she begins to understand that the Chelsea's motley crew could hold the key to surviving the perils of a Manhattan childhood. Not since Holden Caulfield has there been such a fabulously compelling teen guide to New York City: Nicolaia Rips's debut is a disarming, humble, heartfelt, and wise tale of coming of age amid the contradictions, complexities, and shifting identities of life in New York City. A bohemian Eloise for our times, Trying to Float is a triumphant parable for the power of embracing difference in all its forms"--

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