That Mean Old Yesterday: A Memoirby Stacey Patton
Pub. Date: 09/16/2008
Publisher: Washington Square Press
No one would ever imagine that the vibrant, smart, and attractive Stacey Patton had a childhood from hell. Once a foster child who found a home, she was supposed to be among the lucky. On a rainy night in November 1999, a shoeless Stacey, promising student at NYU, headed down a New Jersey street toward her adoptive parents' house. She carried a gun in her pocket, and she kept repeating to herself that she would pull the trigger. She wanted to kill them. Or so she thought.
This is a story of how a typical American family can be undermined by its own effort to be perfect on the surface. After all, with God-fearing, house-proud, and hardworking adoptive parents, Stacey appeared to beat the odds. But her mother was tyrannical, and her father, either so in love with or in fear of his wife, turned a blind eye to the abuse she heaped on their love-starved little girl.
In That Mean Old Yesterday, a little girl rises above the tyranny of an overzealous mother by channeling her intellectual energy into schoolwork. Wise beyond her years, she can see that her chances for survival are advanced through her struggle to get into an elite boarding school. She uses all she has, a brilliant mind, to link her experience to the legacy of American slavery and to successfully frame her understanding of why her good adoptive parents did terrible things to her by realizing that they had terrible things done to them.
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Loved her book. I like how she compares slavery to the abuse she went through. Love the way she writes and openly talks about her abuse. She writes in such a way that you feel like you know her personally. When she was sad i felt sad for her and cried and when she was happy i was smiling for her while reading. Her book is beyond inspiring.
Stacy Patton speaks truthfully and crates a dynamic parallel between Black history and socialized acceptance of abuse. Her strenght is truely inspiring.
A must read! I couldn't put it down! One of the best books I have ever read. She is an inspiration that she could have made it through the hell her adoptive mother did!