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Growing Up - Russell Baker All the ingredients are here for a lively, interesting read. A child growing up during the depression, a family trying to make ends meet. A real page turner, right? Well….It’s not often someone writes an autobiography that virtually stops at the age of 18. Besides books, Russell growing up had no particular interests. So this reads kind of like an episode of Seinfeld. I won’t say it’s about nothing, but if you expect big cosmic revelations you’re going to be disappointed.As can happen with a book written by a reporter, it reads like a slow news day in summer. Not a whole lot happens. Family members drop in and leave. The family moves.There’s no sense of setting. It didn’t feel as though a terrible economic crisis was at hand. Not a bad effort by any means, but this left me mentally scratching my head as to why it won a Pulitzer.