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Home Truths: A Deep East Texas Memory [NOOK Book]

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Novelist Gerald Duff grew up both in Polk County, in Deep East Texas, and in Nederland, near the Gulf Coast, two drastically different areas in terms of social and economic status, and the way they interact. These communities shaped the way Duff thought and lived, causing him to build up certain false personae to fit in with the crowd. These changes and more are described within the pages of Duff?s new memoir, Home Truths: A Deep East Texas ...

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Overview

Novelist Gerald Duff grew up both in Polk County, in Deep East Texas, and in Nederland, near the Gulf Coast, two drastically different areas in terms of social and economic status, and the way they interact. These communities shaped the way Duff thought and lived, causing him to build up certain false personae to fit in with the crowd. These changes and more are described within the pages of Duff’s new memoir, Home Truths: A Deep East Texas Memory.

From dealing with intrusive family members to judgmental classmates to marital bliss and misery, Duff’s memoir describes situations familiar to anyone who has ever lived in a small town. Experiences unfamiliar to the youths of today include growing up during World War II and the descriptions of propaganda tactics, hunting for your own meals, and dealing with the social mores of the 1950s and 1960s. Other occurrences however, such as working a summer job and the awkwardness of first dates, speak to people of every generation, young and old.  

Early in life Duff learned to tell lies as a survival mechanism against his meddling family and occasionally cruel classmates. He describes the ordeal of hiding both his domestic situation and his talent for the written word. Duff’s talents for lies and half-truths helped him not only to discover a hidden talent within himself, but also a future career. 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875654928
  • Publisher: TCU Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • File size: 913 KB

Meet the Author

In addition to writing fiction, poetry, and scholarly works, GERALD DUFF has taught literature and writing at Vanderbilt University, Kenyon College, Rhodes College, and Johns Hopkins University. He has published eleven books, including Indian Giver, finalist for  the Great Lakes Colleges Association First Novel Award, and Fire Ants, which was a finalist for the Texas Institute of Letters Jesse Jones Award for the 2007 Best Book of Fiction. His other books of fiction and poetry have won the St. Andrews Prize for Poetry and the Cohen Award for Fiction, and have been nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Texas Institute for Letters Award, the University of Michigan Literary Fiction Award, and the PEN/Faulkner Prize. Home Truths is his first book with TCU Press.

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Table of Contents

Contents Author’s Note
1 What You’re Named Is What You Are
2 God’s Hospital
3 The War in Texas
4 The Cat and Dog Picture Shows
5 The Calves of Dolly Roberts’ Legs
6 The Brass Knucks in Mama’s Dresser
7 What Reading Smelled Like
8 The Fall from Grace
9 A Talent for the Lie
10 The Water We Had to Drink
11 Washed in the Blood
12 What We Hunted
13 Take, Eat, This Is My Body
14 Kissing Linda Smith and Loving Jannis Jones
15 Leaving for Marshall Hall
16 Who Is a Cajun and Who Is a Negro?    
17 Wanting Some Tongue, Too
18 Burning the Sofa My Sister Slept On    
19 Arriving Late at Nederland High
20 The Way Louisiana Girls Smelled
21 Margaret, I Could Have Been a Good Abe Lincoln for You    
22 Multiple Choice Questions
23 A Need for Relief
24 A Change of Major
25 Licking Down my Lunch in Fayetteville
26 A Foreign Student in Illinois
27 Not the Thing, But the Thing about the Thing
28 Fugitive at Vanderbilt
29 A Fortunate Fall
30 As Kool-Aid Is from Gin
31 Women Writing about Women Writing about Women
32 What I Wrote Where
33 Cousin Joseph Winston Tells the Truth
34 From Honey Island to Menard Chapel

 

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