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Beautiful scars : steeltown secrets, Mohawk Skywalkers and the road home

Author: Tom Wilson
Publisher: Canada : Doubleday Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Even as a kid my existence as the son of Bunny and George Wilson seemed far-fetched to me. When I went over it in my head, none of it added up. The other kids on East 36th Street in Hamilton used to tell me stories of their mothers being pregnant and their newborn siblings coming home from the hospital. Nobody ever talked about Bunny's and my return from the hospital. In my mind my birth was like the nativity, only
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Wilson, Tom, 1959-
Beautiful scars./.
Toronto : Doubleday Canada, 2017
(CaOONL)20179044621
Named Person: Tom Wilson; Tom Wilson; Tom Wilson; Tom Wilson; Tom Wilson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Wilson
ISBN: 0385685653 9780385685658
OCLC Number: 973139301
Description: 229 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Secrets --
Waking up --
one --
Bunny Wilson's kid --
Tailgunner Wilson --
A voice that rarely gets heard --
Death rattle sunset --
Land of the living --
Lies --
Hunger --
The honeyed centre --
Death of a warrior --
one --
Lost along the way --
Fathers, sons and a lost boy at leafs camp --
Bunny Wilson and Doctor God --
Hits and misses --
Finding the ditch --
Sober truths --
Square one and hard women --
Playing sober --
Death of a warrior --
two --
Truth --
The truth --
Driving Janie home --
A mother confesses --
Mohawk legends --
On the day I was born --
Waking up --
two --
Sisters --
Thompson's gift of rain --
The long road home --
A fighting chance.
Responsibility: Tom Wilson.

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Even as a kid my existence as the son of Bunny and George Wilson seemed far-fetched to me. When I went over it in my head, none of it added up. The other kids on East 36th Street in Hamilton used to tell me stories of their mothers being pregnant and their newborn siblings coming home from the hospital. Nobody ever talked about Bunny's and my return from the hospital. In my mind my birth was like the nativity, only with gnarly dogs and dirty snow and a chipped picket fence and old blind people with short tempers and dim lights, ashtrays full of Export Plain cigarette butts and bottles of rum. Once, when I was about four, I asked Bunny, "How come I don't look anything like you and George? How come you are old and the other moms are young?" "There are secrets I know about you that I'll take to my grave," she responded. And that pretty well finished that. Bunny built up a wall to protect her secrets, and as a result I built a wall to protect myself.

"Beautiful Scars is a frank and fair, raw and loving look at what it means to grow up with the silver spoon as far from your mouth as it can get, a confession that celebrates the miseries and joys of working-class life, of musicianship, of chasing secrets, of fighting through to discover the person you didn't realize you were. This is a remarkable, generous, big-hearted book that will stick with me for a long time."--

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