Riding Shotgun: Women Write about Their Mothers

Riding Shotgun: Women Write about Their Mothers

by Kathryn Kysar
     
 

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Just in time for Mother's Day, a group of America's celebrated literary women have come together to tackle a topic close to their hearts: Mom. These highly personal yet often universal stories offer windows into those influential mother-daughter moments that have forever shaped the lives And perspectives of the writers, powerful women-authors, spokespeople,

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Just in time for Mother's Day, a group of America's celebrated literary women have come together to tackle a topic close to their hearts: Mom. These highly personal yet often universal stories offer windows into those influential mother-daughter moments that have forever shaped the lives And perspectives of the writers, powerful women-authors, spokespeople, scholars, teachers, and some mothers themselves.

Jonis Agee's mother haunts her daughter's plumbing. Tai Coleman's mother struggled to raise five children on her own wits and a single paycheck. Heid Erdrich's mother showed her daughter both the falsity and the truth in the cliche of the "Indian Princess." Sheila O'Connor's mother, who ran a road construction company, was not like other mothers. Ka Vang's mother dodged the hand grenades that her husband's first wife threw on her wedding day. Morgan Grayce Willow's mother drove home late at night after selling cosmetics to farm wives as her daughter rode shotgun.

In true tales of startling candor and rich insight, these and many other talented writers reflect on the women who raised them, revealing hard work and hardship, successes and failures, love and anger-mothers and daughters.

Kathryn Kysar, the author of Dark Lake, teaches writing in Minneapolis. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Norcroft, the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873516143
Publisher:
Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Pages:
228
Sales rank:
415,256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Heid E. Erdrich, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibway, won a Minnesota Voices award for her first poetry collection, Fishing for Myth. She also authored The Mother's Tongue and co-edited Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers on Community. Erdrich gives writing workshops and serves as visiting writer at colleges and universities across the country.

Diane Glancy is a professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she teaches Native American Literature and Creative Writing. Among her many writing awards are the 1993 American Book Award, Minnesota Book Award, and a Native American Prose Award. Glancy is of Cherokee and English/German descent.

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