The ugly cry : a memoir

by Henderson, Danielle,

Format: Print Book 2021
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"They say comedy equals tragedy plus time: This very funny account of an often miserable childhood is proof." --People

"What a strong, funny, heartbreaking memoir, with a voice that is completely its own (written by a woman who very much seems to be completely her own, as well.) I loved it."--Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of Big Magic and Eat, Pray, Love

An uproarious, moving memoir about a grandmother's ferocious love and redefining what it means to be family

"If you fight that motherf**ker and you don't win, you're going to come home and fight me." Not the advice you'd normally expect from your grandmother--but Danielle Henderson would be the first to tell you her childhood was anything but conventional.

Abandoned at ten years old by a mother who chose her drug-addicted, abusive boyfriend, Danielle was raised by grandparents who thought their child-rearing days had ended in the 1960s. She grew up Black, weird, and overwhelmingly uncool in a mostly white neighborhood in upstate New York, which created its own identity crises. Under the eye-rolling, foul-mouthed, loving tutelage of her uncompromising grandmother--and the horror movies she obsessively watched--Danielle grew into a tall, awkward, Sassy -loving teenager who wore black eyeliner as lipstick and was struggling with the aftermath of her mother's choices. But she also learned that she had the strength and smarts to save herself, her grandmother gifting her a faith in her own capabilities that the world would not have most Black girls possess.

With humor, wit, and deep insight, Danielle shares how she grew up and grew wise--and the lessons she's carried from those days to these. In the process, she upends our conventional understanding of family and redefines its boundaries to include the millions of people who share her story.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Just when it seemed seven-year-old Henderson, her older brother, and their mom had found a new level of stability, her mom met Luke, whose arrival marked the beginning of the end for their little family. He terrorized the kids, including molesting the author, while their mom worked long hours. After Luke's horrifying abuse of his own son landed him in jail, Henderson and her brother were sent to their grandparents' house. They'd previously spent plenty of time with their granddad and their smoking, cursing, horror-movie-watching, Nintendo-playing grandma, but this move would turn out to be permanent. Henderson--a TV writer, podcast host, and the genius inventor of the viral Feminist Ryan Gosling meme--recalls growing up in 1980s upstate New York, usually as the only Black kid navigating a sea of whiteness, with focus, crystal clarity, humor, and care. New York City beckons teenage Henderson with its possibilities, and her hilariously no-nonsense grandma, who young Henderson thought was "the meanest, craziest person I'd ever met," becomes the fiercely loving heart and undisputed star of this book. A story of learning to survive trauma and an inventory of love's many guises, Henderson's memoir ends as she starts college, leaving readers hoping there's much more to come."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Henderson, Danielle.
African American women -- New York (State) -- Biography.
Grandparents as parents -- New York (State)
Women television writers -- United States -- Biography.
New York (State) -- Race relations.
Publisher [New York, New York] :2021
Language English
Description xi, 290 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9780525559351
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