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The Resource Southern discomfort : a memoir, Tena Clark

Southern discomfort : a memoir, Tena Clark

Label
Southern discomfort : a memoir
Title
Southern discomfort
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
Tena Clark
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the bestselling tradition of The Help comes a powerful and moving memoir about a white girl coming of age in the South in the 1960s and the black woman who inspired her to forge her own path. Tena Clark was born in 1953 in a tiny Mississippi town close to the Alabama border, where the legacy of slavery and racial injustice still permeated every aspect of life. On the outside, Tena's childhood looked like a fairytale. Her father was one of the richest men in the state; her mother was a beauty. The family lived on a sprawling farm and had the only swimming pool in town; Tena was given her first car - a royal blue Camaro - at twelve. But behind closed doors, Tena's life was deeply lonely and chaotic. By the time she was three, her parents' marriage had dissolved into a swamp of alcohol, rampant infidelity, and guns. Adding to the turmoil, Tena understood from a very young age that she was different from her three older sisters, all of whom had been beauty queens and majorettes. Tena knew she didn't want to be a majorette - she wanted to marry one. On Tena's tenth birthday, her mother walked out on her philandering father for good, instantly becoming a social outcast. Tena was left in the care of her black nanny, Virgie, who became Tena's surrogate mother and confidante - even though she was raising nine of her own children and was not allowed to eat from the family's plates or use their bathroom. It was Virgie's unconditional love that gave Tena the courage to stand up to her domineering father, the faith to believe in her mother's love, and the strength to be her true self. In the spirit of The Glass Castle and Fried Green Tomatoes, Southern Discomfort is about the people and places that shape who we are - and is destined to become a classic
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
ANL
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Clark, Tena
Dewey number
B
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Clark, Tena
  • African Americans
  • Composers
  • Mississippi
Target audience
adult
Label
Southern discomfort : a memoir, Tena Clark
Instantiates
Publication
Note
First published in the USA by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000063594223
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
292 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781925791921
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)1043916018
Label
Southern discomfort : a memoir, Tena Clark
Publication
Note
First published in the USA by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000063594223
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
292 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781925791921
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)1043916018

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