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Memoirs are as varied as human emotion and experience, and those published in the distinguished American Lives Series run the gamut. Excerpted from this series (called “splendid” by Newsweek) and collected here for the first time, these dispatches from American lives take us from China during the Cultural Revolution to the streets of New York in the sixties to a cabin in the backwoods of Idaho. In prose as diverse as the stories they tell, writers such as Floyd Skloot, Ted Kooser, Peggy Shumaker, and Lee Martin, among many others, open windows to their own ordinary and extraordinary experiences. John Skoyles tells how, for his Uncle Fred, a particular “Hard Luck Suit” imparted misfortune. Brenda Serotte describes a Turkish grandmother who made her living reading palms, interpreting cups, and prescribing poultices for the community. In “Son of Mr. Green Jeans,” Dinty W. Moore views fatherhood through the lens of pop culture. Janet Sternburg’s Phantom Limb muses on the dilemmas of a child caring for a parent. Whether evoking moments of death or disease, in family or marriage, history, politics, religion, or culture, these glimpses into singular American lives come together in a richly textured, colorful patchwork quilt of American life.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xv
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  1. “Long Live the Red Terror!”
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. Moving Water, Tucson
  2. pp. 15-18
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  1. Winter 1997
  2. pp. 19-27
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  1. The Weight of Spoons
  2. pp. 29-43
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  1. Hard Luck Suit
  2. pp. 45-61
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  1. Fortuna
  2. pp. 63-88
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  1. The Boys of Summer
  2. pp. 89-97
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  1. Excerpt from “Winter”
  2. pp. 99-127
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  1. Son of Mr. Green Jeans: A Meditation on Missing Fathers
  2. pp. 129-138
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  1. Good, Alright, Fine
  2. pp. 139-156
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  1. Acting
  2. pp. 157-164
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  1. And There Fell a Great Star
  2. pp. 165-181
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  1. Not Coming Out
  2. pp. 183-189
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  1. Excerpt from Phantom Limb
  2. pp. 191-194
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  1. Alternatives, 1979
  2. pp. 195-203
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  1. Excerpt from “The Second Trimester”
  2. pp. 205-227
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  1. A Measure of Acceptance
  2. pp. 229-244
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  1. The New Kitchen
  2. pp. 245-249
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  1. One I Love, Two I Love
  2. pp. 251-278
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  1. Excerpt from“The Promise of Power”
  2. pp. 279-300
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  1. Source Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 301-302
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 303-306
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803234833
Print ISBN
9780803228054
MARC Record
OCLC
609859494
Pages
326
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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