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Born bright : a young girl's journey from nothing to something in America

Author: C Nicole Mason
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"'Standing on the stage, I felt exposed and like an intruder. In these professional settings, my personal experiences with hunger, poverty, and episodic homelessness, often go undetected. I had worked hard to learn the rules and disguise my beginning in life ... ' So begins C. Nicole Mason's powerful memoir, a story of reconciliation, constrained choices and life on the other side of the tracks. Born in the 1970s in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: C Nicole Mason; C Nicole Mason; C Nicole Mason
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: C Nicole Mason
ISBN: 9781250069924 1250069920
OCLC Number: 951465239
Description: 242 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: What do you want to be? --
Day of reckoning --
A crack in the foundation --
Origins --
The end of things --
Starved --
Putting out the fire --
Free today --
A home of our own --
Only one rule --
54 out of 54 --
Death is here --
Wedding day --
Home street --
Seeing with only these eyes --
Away --
Not poor, poor --
Sonnie's got a baby --
Cell block high --
A place called home --
A light --
Food for all --
New mission --
Gone --
In the desert --
Brighter --
Little brother --
Accepted --
Graduation --
I'll fly away --
What should be done?
Responsibility: C. Nicole Mason.

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A powerful memoir of what it takes to escape poverty. This book will change how you see the poor.  Read more...

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"Like Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes or Jeanette Walls' The Glass Castle, [Born Bright] makes painfully vivid what often happens under the radar: a child weathering the dysfunction of the adult world Read more...

 
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