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Riding Shotgun: Women Write about Their Mothers

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780873516143
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 1,391,953
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted May 10, 2009

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    MOTHERS DAY ALERT

    Ever read a book and wonder about the writer, what made them capable? Ever wish you could peek at the household of a writer and get in on the family fights, the favorite foods, the shocking secrets, the comfortingly familiar, the strange and curious, the ups and downs, the dizzying array of emotions and behaviors and freak occurrence and surprise guests and variety acts all appearing on the Mom Show? Consider this your invite, your unexpected prize.This anthology is so well-conceived (pun intended) and well-constructed (brick house!) that you will marvel at your own stupidity if you almost didn't read it. Not only will you meet the mothers of twenty-one fabulous writers and get TMI or not enough, you will have something credible with which to frame your own reference to the M and illuminate your thoughts. True, just a couple of these essays strain the cred for a sec with fictional techniques and dialog, otherwise the whole experience of this read is authentic, compelling, intelligent and capable of surprise. The mother of Hmong refugee Ka Vang is greeted by exploding grenades on her wedding day, hurled by the jealous first wife of her polygamist bridegroom. "She had her weapons, her sons, the most prized possession in a Hmong family." This character was forged by heavy fire, her mother having only daughters. Another writer visits the deathbed of her estranged mother who leaves her with the last words, "I guess, if you want to think you're a lesbian, that's okay," and then "Have a nice life." The mother of Faith Sullivan ditched her at Grandma's where she was raised by ghosts. Yet how comforting they are, how nurturing, how encouraging and friendly. I, too, have a green-painted cupboard, called a Hoosier, to store mysterious Mason jars of dried roots and leaves and seeds. "Today, Grandma would be called an herbalist. In 1600, she'd have been a witch." Her friends and relatives The Girls are old and man-less, sensible and frugal and off their rockers, too. " This the kind of company I'd aspire to. "Never was a family so crammed with saints, sinners, eccentrics, whimsicals, horse thieves, and undiscovered geniuses." Bet ya.Other portraits resonate with familiar scenes and struggles and place-culture, such as the searingly poetic Dakota Woman rendered by Susan Power with tragedy and nobility and subtle humor. Oddly enough my own mother also appears in an Indian princess costume with headband and braids, but her photo is something from the basement of the county historical museum that has comical and "Oh no, you found it" connotations. Heid Erdrich then explains why there are no Indian princesses anyhow.While the familiar can inform and enrich our view of motherhood and its complicated questions and epiphanies, the strange and alien household cultures which I encountered in this book did the same making possible connections to the greater world, starting with the foreign land of Minnesota which we here in "The Dakotas" often consider to be Back East on the other side of the Red. The diversity of ethnic and other influences is done no mean justice in these writings, ably reflecting that there is more than blond hair and blue eyes and lefse and lutefisk going on over there. The literary Mecca of the Twin Cities is nicely represented here in this collection.Gentle Reader, this is a box of dark chocolates and you'll find no frothy filling. It does contain some nuts. But go ahead and devour the whole she-bang, it is good for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2008

    Read This With Your Sister or Mom!

    This collection of essays by noted women writers illustrates the complexity of the relationships between mothers and daughters at all stages of life. Though the complications in these relationships vary by essay, these essays all highlight the primal importance of the mother/daughter bond, and how it influences both throughout their lives.

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