Two or Three Things I Know for Sure
Score: 4
From 8 Ratings

Two or Three Things I Know for Sure


  • Author : Dorothy Allison
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 1996-08-01
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 112
  • ISBN 10 : 1101127988


Two or Three Things I Know for Sure Book Description :

Bastard Out of Carolina, nominated for the 1992 National Book Award for fiction, introduced Dorothy Allison as one of the most passionate and gifted writers of her generation. Now, in Two or Three Things I Know for Sure, she takes a probing look at her family's history to give us a lyrical, complex memoir that explores how the gossip of one generation can become legends for the next. Illustrated with photographs from the author's personal collection, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure tells the story of the Gibson women -- sisters, cousins, daughters, and aunts -- and the men who loved them, often abused them, and, nonetheless, shared their destinies. With luminous clarity, Allison explores how desire surprises and what power feels like to a young girl as she confronts abuse. As always, Dorothy Allison is provocative, confrontational, and brutally honest. Two or Three Things I Know for Sure, steeped in the hard-won wisdom of experience, expresses the strength of her unique vision with beauty and eloquence.

Two Or Three Things I Know for Sure
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

Two Or Three Things I Know for Sure


  • Author : Dorothy Allison
  • Publisher : Penguin Books
  • Release Date : 1996
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 94
  • ISBN 10 : 0452273404


Two Or Three Things I Know for Sure Book Description :

An autobiographical work written for the stage explores such topics as love and loss, beauty and terror, and the intricacies of family love and hatred, while illuminating the rural poverty of the South

Bastard Out of Carolina
Score: 4
From 70 Ratings

Bastard Out of Carolina


  • Author : Dorothy Allison
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2005-09-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 1101007176


Bastard Out of Carolina Book Description :

The Classic work of fiction that dramatically illuminates the lives described in current nonfiction bestsellers like J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy and Nancy Isenberg's White Trash The modern literary classic that has been compared to To Kill a Mockingbird and Catcher in the Rye "As close to flawless as any reader could ask for." —The New York Times Book Review The publication of Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina was a landmark event. The novel's profound portrait of family dynamics in the rural South won the author a National Book Award nomination and launched her into the literary spotlight. Critics have likened Allison to William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, and Harper Lee, naming her the first writer of her generation to dramatize the lives and language of poor whites in the South. Since its appearance, the novel has inspired an award-winning film and has been banned from libraries and classrooms, championed by fans, and defended by critics. Greenville County, South Carolina, is a wild, lush place that is home to the Boatwright family-a tight-knit clan of rough-hewn, hard- drinking men who shoot up each other's trucks, and indomitable women who get married young and age too quickly. At the heart of this story is Ruth Anne Boatwright, known simply as Bone, a bastard child who observes the world around her with a mercilessly keen perspective. When her stepfather Daddy Glen, "cold as death, mean as a snake," becomes increasingly more vicious toward her, Bone finds herself caught in a family triangle that tests the loyalty of her mother, Anney-and leads to a final, harrowing encounter from which there can be no turning back. Now available in a twentieth anniversary keepsake edition with a new afterword by the author.

Cavedweller
Score: 3
From 7 Ratings

Cavedweller


  • Author : Dorothy Allison
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 1999-05-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN 10 : 1101127600


Cavedweller Book Description :

From the author of the "flawless" (The New York Times Book Review) classic Bastard Out of Carolina comes Cavedweller, once again demonstrating Allison's umatched strengths as a storyteller. Reading "like a thematic sequel" (The New Yorker) to her first novel, Cavedweller tackles questions of forgiveness, mother-daughter bonds, and the strength of the human spirit. When Delia Byrd packs up her old Datsun and her daughter Cissy and gets on the Santa Monica Freeway heading south and east, she is leaving everything she has known for ten years: the tinsel glitter of the rock 'n' roll world; her dreams of singing and songwriting; and a life lived on credit cards and whiskey with a man who made promises he couldn't keep. Delia Byrd is going back to Cayro, Georgia, to reclaim her life--and the two daughters she left behind...Told in the incantatory voice of one of America's most eloquent storytellers, Cavedweller is a sweeping novel of the human spirit, the lost and hidden recesses of the heart, and the place where violence and redemption intersect.

Skin
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Skin


  • Author : Dorothy Allison
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 1994
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 261
  • ISBN 10 : 1563410443


Skin Book Description :

A collection of essays, autobiographical narratives, and performance pieces.

This Strange Land

This Strange Land


  • Author : Shara McCallum
  • Publisher : Alice James Books
  • Release Date : 2016-01-19
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 80
  • ISBN 10 : 9781938584596


This Strange Land Book Description :

These poems probe the definition of Motherland. Shara McCallum homogenizes childhood memories of her native Jamaica with a revised understanding of danger and corruption, teasing out notions of history, language, motherhood, rupture, memory, and identity. She weaves new cloth of oral tradition, struggling to arrange a comfort zone within the foreign manufactures of suburbia. Hers is the skilled music of a master.

Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You
Score: 2
From 3 Ratings

Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You


  • Author : Joyce Carol Oates
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2012-08-21
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062110497


Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You Book Description :

Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You is renowned author Joyce Carol Oates's newest novel for teens. Laurie Halse Anderson, bestselling author of Wintergirls and Speak, said that "the painful honesty of this book will crack open your heart." Senior year, their last year together, Merissa and Nadia need their best friend Tink more than they ever did before. They have secrets they can share with no one but her, toxic secrets that threaten to unravel their friendship—and themselves. Tink had a secret, too, a big one, but no one knows what it was. And now she's gone. . . . In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews described Joyce Carol Oates as "a master at portraying the inner lives of teens." In Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You, she's created a powerful portrayal of a friendship strong enough to transcend death.

Minding the Body
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Minding the Body


  • Author : Patricia Foster
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2011-05-18
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307794741


Minding the Body Book Description :

A mulitcultural anthology of fiction and non-fiction literary narratives which addresses the psychological and political aspects of a woman's body in today's culture. An important and much-needed book for women who seek to understand their bodies and find independent, imaginative ways to cope with aging, beauty expectations beauty expectations, and ethnic comparisons.

Trash
Score: 3
From 10 Ratings

Trash


  • Author : Dorothy Allison
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2002-09-24
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 1101117818


Trash Book Description :

Trash, Allison's landmark collection, laid the groundwork for her critically acclaimed Bastard Out of Carolina, the National Book Award finalist that was hailed by The New York Times Book Review as "simply stunning...a wonderful work of fiction by a major talent." In addition to Allison's classic stories, this new edition of Trash features "Stubborn Girls and Mean Stories," an introduction in which Allison discusses the writing of Trash and "Compassion," a never-before-published short story. First published in 1988, the award-winning Trash showcases Allison at her most fearlessly honest and startlingly vivid. The limitless scope of human emotion and experience are depicted in stories that give aching and eloquent voice to the terrible wounds we inflict on those closest to us. These are tales of loss and redemption; of shame and forgiveness; of love and abuse and the healing power of storytelling. A book that resonates with uncompromising candor and incandescence, Trash is sure to captivate Allison's legion of readers and win her a devoted new following.

Conversations with Dorothy Allison

Conversations with Dorothy Allison


  • Author : Dorothy Allison
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release Date : 2012-05-09
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 179
  • ISBN 10 : 9781617032868


Conversations with Dorothy Allison Book Description :

Since the publication of her groundbreaking novel, Bastard Out of Carolina (1992), Dorothy Allison (b. 1949) has been known--as with Larry Brown and Lee Smith--as a purveyor of the "gritty" contemporary South that, in many ways, is worlds away from prevailing "Southern Gothic" representations of the region. Allison has frequently used her position, through passionate lectures and enthusiastic interviews, to give voice to issues dear to her: poverty, working-class life, domestic violence, feminism and women's relationships, the contemporary South, and gay/lesbian life. Often called a "writer-rock star" and a "cult icon," Allison is a true performer of the written word. At the same time, Allison also takes the craft of writing very seriously. In this collection, spanning almost two decades, Allison the performer and Allison the careful craftsperson both emerge, creating a portrait of a complex woman. The interviews detail Allison's working-class background in Greenville, South Carolina, as the daughter of a waitress. Allison discusses--with candor and quick wit--her upbringing, her work in a variety of modes (novels, short stories, essays, poetry), and her active participation in the women's movement of the 1970s. In the absence of a biography of Allison's life, Conversations with Dorothy Allison presents Allison's perspectives on her life, literature, and her conflictions over her role as a public figure. Linking her work with African American writers such as Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison, Allison pioneered the genre of working-class literature, writing a world that is often overlooked and under-studied.