The Resource In the country of women : a memoir, Susan Straight

In the country of women : a memoir, Susan Straight

Label
In the country of women : a memoir
Title
In the country of women
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
Susan Straight
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the Country of Women is a valuable social history and a personal narrative that reads like a love song to America and indomitable women. In inland Southern California, near the desert and the Mexican border, Susan Straight, a self-proclaimed book nerd, and Dwayne Sims, an African American basketball player, started dating in high school. After college, they married and drove to Amherst, Massachusetts, where Straight met her teacher and mentor, James Baldwin, who encouraged her to write. Once back in Riverside, at driveway barbecues and fish fries with the large, close-knit Sims family, Straightand eventually her three daughtersheard for decades the stories of Dwaynes female ancestors. Some women escaped violence in post-slavery Tennessee, some escaped murder in Jim Crow Mississippi, and some fled abusive men. Straights mother-in-law, Alberta Sims, is the descendant at the heart of this memoir. Susans family, too, reflects the hardship and resilience of women pushing onwardfrom Switzerland, Canada, and the Colorado Rockies to California. A Pakistani word, biraderi, is one Straight uses to define a complex system of kinship and clanthose who become your family. An entire community helped raise her daughters. Of her three girls, now grown and working in museums and the entertainment industry, Straight writes, "The daughters of our ancestors carry in their blood at least three continents. We are not about borders. We are about love and survival."
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Straight, Susan
Dewey number
813/.54
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3569.T6795
LC item number
Z46 2019
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Straight, Susan
  • Authors, American
  • Women authors
Label
In the country of women : a memoir, Susan Straight
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1083715650
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 363 pages
Isbn
9781948226226
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
In the country of women : a memoir, Susan Straight
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1083715650
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xviii, 363 pages
Isbn
9781948226226
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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