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Ordinary light : a memoir

Author: Tracy K Smith
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"A memoir about the author's coming of age as she grapples with her identity as an artist, her family's racial history, and her mother's death from cancer"--
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Named Person: Tracy K Smith; Tracy K Smith; Tracy K Smith; Tracy K Smith; Tracy K Smith
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tracy K Smith
ISBN: 9780307962669 0307962660
OCLC Number: 900157951
Notes: "This is a Borzoi book"--Title page verso.
Description: 349 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Prologue: The Miracle --
I. My Book House --
Wild Kingdom --
Spirits and Demons --
Kin --
Leroy --
A Home in the World --
II. MGM --
Little Feats of Daring --
Total Adventure --
Book a Big Band --
A Necessary Rite --
Humor --
III. Uninvisible --
The Night Stalker --
Hot & Fast --
Shame --
Mother --
Epistolary --
Positive --
IV. Kathleen --
Something Better --
The Woman at the Well --
A Strange Thing to Do --
I, Too --
Testimony --
V. Another Dialect of the Soul --
Something Powerful at Her Side --
A Strange After --
Abide --
Clearances --
Epilogue: Dear God.
Responsibility: Tracy K. Smith.
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"A memoir about the author's coming of age as she grapples with her identity as an artist, her family's racial history, and her mother's death from cancer"--

"From the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet: a deeply moving memoir that explores coming-of-age and the meaning of home against a complex backdrop of race, faith, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and daughter. Tracy K. Smith had a fairly typical upbringing in suburban California: the youngest in a family of five children raised with limitless affection and a firm belief in God by a stay-at-home mother and an engineer father. But after spending a summer in Alabama at her grandmother's home, she returns to California with a new sense of what it means for her to be black: from her mother's memories of picking cotton as a girl in her father's field for pennies a bushel, to her parents' involvement in the Civil Rights movement. These dizzying juxtapositions--between her family's past, her own comfortable present, and the promise of her future--will eventually compel her to act on her passions for love and 'ecstatic possibility, ' and her desire to become a writer. But when her mother is diagnosed with cancer, which she says is part of God's plan, Tracy must learn a new way to love and look after someone whose beliefs she has outgrown. Written with a poet's precision and economy, this gorgeous, probing kaleidoscope of self and family offers us a universal story of belonging and becoming, and the ways we find and lose ourselves amid the places we call home"--

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