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My Grandmother's Hair

My Grandmother's Hair

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by Ann Elizabeth Carson

In this alarmingly authentic autobiography, Ann Elizabeth Carson details the psychic split within herself.


In this alarmingly authentic autobiography, Ann Elizabeth Carson details the psychic split within herself.

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Edgar Kent Inc. Publishers
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5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Ann Elizabeth Carson, one of Toronto's Milles Femmes (2008), reads and shows at multi-media events and leads workshops in the arts. Her works include Shadows Light, My Grandmother's Hair, The Risks of Remembrance, and We All Become Stories. She writes, paints, and sculpts in Toronto and Manitoulin Island.

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My Grandmother's Hair 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Renia33 More than 1 year ago
This is a valuable story, full of insights into family dynamics and how culture determines our personal experiences. Very much looking forward to Ann Carson's next book, Risks of Remembering.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the kind of book I would not normally ever read. But then I met Ann Carson, and saw her give a reading at a local library to a group of largely retired seniors, and I bought the book (partly in the spirit of helping a starving artist and all that). And what I found upon reading its pages was something almost a little too powerful. Yes, there was the obvious feminist view subtly coming through, the deep sadness of recounting the past, and of course, her art on display throughout. And it was a bit difficult at times because Ann chose not to write her thoughts and story in the usual linear fashion. Here, ideas move around, and many times I had to stop and reflect on what had been said before going on. This wasn't fluff, and nor was it really a thesis to prove a point, or a simple autobiography. In fact, it's hard to generalize about the theme of this book. But the power of it is unmistakeable, and, unavoidable. I believe that anyone who is exposed to this book will be changed. While reading its pages, I was reminded over and over again that each and every person, each human being, possesses amazing and beautiful art, and integrity and intelligence, and truth and hope. And value. Precious, priceless value, in a world and life that diminishes everyone's worth to a state of being ordinary and unimportant. Yet in each person is carried all the wonder and potential and hope of all of us. It may sound a bit heady, but it's true. i have no idea what Ann Carson thought she was doing by writing this book, or why. I only know what effect it had on me. It stopped me in my tracks, and forced me to remember and learn again that everyone in my past and in my life today is just as significant and complex as anyone we read about in the headlines, or are otherwise more famous and successful. It certainly made me think of my own mother, and all the mothers before. And it helped me to see that some of the most fascinating people we could ever meet are sometimes the ones right in front of us. Yet the biggest lesson of all was to realize that even in the seemingly insignificant and trivial moments of our lives, there is something profound and moving. I suspect that we all privately view ourselves and our lives as being not such a big deal, unaware of the very real and very lasting impact that even the smallest things we do have on the lives of those we encounter. Ann proves it, even if only by putting her voice into print. Not bad, for a book that probably only a hundred people will ever know about. Thanks, Ann.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'My Grandmother's Hair' is a revealing and sometimes heartrending personal journey of the author towards her realization as an artist, a free individual and an independent woman. For those of us of Ms. Carson's generation, it is also a reminder of how far women have come from their childhood backgrounds of gender stereotyping, and that of our young adulthood as well, especially during the 'good old days' of the 1950s. The title story - that of Ms. Carson's grandmother's hair - is only one example of what every woman must overcome to become her own person. This book should be read by women of all ages who must - whether now or in the future - become fulfilled, and socially and economically self-sufficient.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At its heart, My Grandmother¿s Hair is an exploration of memory: of the author¿s personal recollections of her own life, and of the very nature of memory itself. The book also offers the reader unique insight into the creative process of an artist. I found it deeply moving and a very good read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A well written labour of love and dedication, Carson uses multi-media, myth and hard science to tell a story that is both truly personal and that reflects, analyses, how a personal experience illuminates cultural, societal and physical contraints. It is a story of what is lost and what is gained by really paying attention. If you have the opportunity, see Carson do a multi-media reading of this work--you will be deeply touched and greatly encouraged.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The candor and sincerity of Carson's revelation of her life memories stirred powerful feelings and awakened many memories of my own. The art work, poetry and photographs, each an essential part of the complex texture of the author's presentation of the suppression and marginalization of women as she experienced it, give the book an unusual three dimensional quality that is most effective. Carson has created a thought provoking work that will have particular appeal for serious minded feminists as well as for students of social psychology. More casual readers will also find many riches within these pages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This poignant autobiography will resonate with many people who are consciously aware of their own healing journeys. Ann Elizabeth Carson provides an intimate picture of the delights and devastations of growing up with the legacy of small town Ontario. This provides a graphic depiction of how our character is moulded by our social and family contexts, no matter what they may be. The psychic split resulting occurs at multiple levels mind, body and emotions. Her portrayal of her own multi-faceted healing journey, using myth, poetry, painting and sculpture will provide inspiration for all readers who seek to look more deeply into themselves.