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Trying to Float - Chronicles of a Girl in the Chelsea Hotel

Nicolaia Rips

"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 New York City's legendary Chelsea 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 journalist with a penchant for fine tailoring; mother Sheila, a former model and world-renowned artist who matches her welding outfits with couture; and daughter Nicolaia, a precocious high school junior at work on a record of her peculiar "youth." Nicolaia is a perpetual outsider who has struggled to find her place in public 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 Stormy, a tall albino woman who keeps a pink handgun strapped to her ankle; her babysitter, Paris, who may or may not have a second career as an escort; her friend Artie, former proprietor of Studio 54. 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. With a voice as fabulously compelling as Holden Caulfield's, 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.

"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 New York City's legendary Chelsea 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 journalist with a penchant for fine tailoring; mother Sheila, a former model and world-renowned artist who matches her welding outfits with couture; and daughter Nicolaia, a precocious high school junior at work on a record of her peculiar "youth." Nicolaia is a perpetual outsider who has struggled to find her place in public 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 Stormy, a tall albino woman who keeps a pink handgun strapped to her ankle; her babysitter, Paris, who may or may not have a second career as an escort; her friend Artie, former proprietor of Studio 54. 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. With a voice as fabulously compelling as Holden Caulfield's, 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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"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 New York City's legendary Chelsea 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 journalist with a penchant for fine tailoring; mother Sheila, a former model and world-renowned artist who matches her welding outfits with couture; and daughter Nicolaia, a precocious high school junior at work on a record of her peculiar "youth." Nicolaia is a perpetual outsider who has struggled to find her place in public 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 Stormy, a tall albino woman who keeps a pink handgun strapped to her ankle; her babysitter, Paris, who may or may not have a second career as an escort; her friend Artie, former proprietor of Studio 54. 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. With a voice as fabulously compelling as Holden Caulfield's, 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.

Language:

English

Length:

4h 44m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:35


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:23


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:25


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:15


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:11


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:19


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:44


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:02


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:02


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:17


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:13


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:11


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:54


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:02


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:39


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:15


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:09


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:21


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

14:23


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:02


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:34


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:38


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:27


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:11


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:06


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:50


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:10


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:51


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:32


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:50


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:38


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:47


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:05


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:30


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

18:54


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:03


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:16


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:42


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

17:02


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:58


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:28


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:30


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

01:37


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

00:58