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Two or three things I know for sure

by Allison, Dorothy, 1949-

Format: Print Book 1995
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
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Moon Township Public Library Non-Fiction 818.54 ALLISON
Location  Moon Township Public Library
 
Collection  Non-Fiction
 
Call Number  818.54 ALLISON
 
 
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 818 A55t
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
 
Collection  Non-Fiction
 
Call Number  818 A55t
 
 
Northland Public Library Biography B ALLISON
Location  Northland Public Library
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  B ALLISON
 
 
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Adapted from a performance piece, Allison's little memoir sifts through old family photos that capture a childhood filled with a "white trash" girl's recollections of love, hate, revenge, rural Southern poverty, beatings, incest, and women whose hard eyes betrayed their broken dreams and lives. It also writhes and screams in pain, need, and outrage. By contrast, shafts of sudden insight illuminate it, so that it dances and belly laughs and proclaims its multifaceted discoveries of the two or three things of its title, discoveries such as "What it means to have no loved version of your life but the one you make" and that "Change, when it comes, cracks everything open." The 96-page tapestry of remembrances both bright and muted compresses the loss, lust, rape, rage, and love from which Allison fashioned her acclaimed Bastard Out of Carolina and, like the novel, shows a heroine--in this case, Allison herself--determined to transcend an anguished childhood and celebrate life with stories of and for survival. --Whitney Scott"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Allison's much-praised novel Bastard Out of Carolina was inspired by her childhood in Greenville, S.C., but in this memoir, adapted from a performance piece, she cuts even closer to the bone. ``We don't have a family Bible?'' the author's fourth-grade self asks her aunt. ``Child, some days we don't even have a family,'' comes the response. If Allison suffered horrors, notably rape by her stepfather when she was five, she has transmuted pain into stories, gaining control with maturity. Indeed, her title prefaces several hard-won aphorisms she uses to counterpoint her memories: ``No one is as hard as my uncles had to pretend to be.'' Her mother was a beauty, as was her sister, but Dorothy, smart and plain, felt a legacy of ugliness, one she shook off slowly as her feminism and her heart led her to lesbian relationships, often painful, finally rewarding. She is now, in her 40s, a new mother, and her stories¬Ďand life¬Ďare a triumph of love over cruelty. Read it aloud and savor the rhythms. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Allison, Dorothy, -- 1949- -- Drama.
Women authors, American -- 20th century -- Drama.
Poor women -- United States -- Drama.
Feminists -- United States -- Drama.
Lesbians -- United States -- Drama.
Families -- United States -- Drama.
Publisher New York :Dutton,1995
Language English
Description 94 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
ISBN 0525939210
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