We End in Joy: Memoirs of a First Daughter [NOOK Book]


The astonishing, uplifting and hilarious account of maverick Mississippi governor Kirk Fordice and his family
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We End in Joy: Memoirs of a First Daughter

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The astonishing, uplifting and hilarious account of maverick Mississippi governor Kirk Fordice and his family
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"Angela Fordice Jordan's frankly astonishing book about her family's odyssey in Mississippi politics is at the core an honest portrait of a complicated family. The book offers keen insights into former Governor Kirk Fordice's driven, outsized personal and political style, but it is the focus on Pat Fordice's pivotal role as matriarch of the Fordice clan that is most rewarding and intriguing. Angela makes the reader share her hard walk through the valley of humiliation and anguish, yet that sad journey ends at a curious destination of redemption and hope."

--Sid Salter

"I highly recommend We End In Joy by Angela Fordice Jordan, who is the daughter of former Governor Kirk Fordice. Anyone who has an interest in the Fordice family will find this book very informative and entertaining. It is filled with insight into Kirk and Pat Fordice that you will never get anywhere else. Angela is an excellent writer who shares her experiences in the governor's mansion during Kirk's two terms. She also takes the reader through the deaths of both her mother and father in a very warm way. I know there are many Mississippians who want to know more about this popular family. She shares such intimate details as the fact that her parents liked to swim in the nude. Angela's inside story of her father's affair with another woman which led to his divorce is fascinating. She even mentions me, in informing her readers about my famous confrontation with her father. I predict We End In Joy, will hard for you to put down."

--Bert Case, WLBT-TV anchor/reporter

"We End in Joy is a deeply personal and beautifully written memoir--a thoroughly engaging glimpse into a fascinating first family of Mississippi."

--Jill Conner Browne, THE Sweet Potato Queen and Multiple #1 NY Times Bestselling Author--from Mississippi

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617036064
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 8/22/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,144,182
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Angela Fordice Jordan is a freelance writer and mother of three grown daughters. She lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband, Bob.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Marshall Ramsey ix

Introduction 3

Part 1 9

How They Met 16

Shrill Bitches 19

The Red Dress 22

A Really Big Fish 25

The Big Color TV 27

Snake Handling 31

Kitten Tails and Al Capone 36

Part 2 43

Garage Sale 49

Unexpected Friends 53

Politicians 60

Famous Folk 64

How I Offended a Former President and His Wife and Then Saved Them Both from a National Incident 70

Feet of Clay 74

Hustle 77

Part 3 81

Snow Globe 88

The Dance 92

The Beast Within 99

Supernova 104

Pink Petunias and Mary's Tears 116

The Gray Cloud of Regret 120

Eating the Elephant 125

Bolting 129

Iona 141

Part 4 153

The Great Abyss 163

Orphan Solidarity 166

The Tenacity of Joy 171

With Humility and Gratitude 177

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  • Posted September 3, 2012

    ┬┐The top was down, the music was blaring, and all my cares were

    “The top was down, the music was blaring, and all my cares were blowing out with the wind. I felt so empowered---a strange feeling that I had all but forgotten. I could do this. My children all had full lives of their own. My Dad was dead. My husband didn’t seem to want me---I could do what I wanted. Wahoo! Something fundamental shifted in me as I drove out of Jackson and headed west that day. Something that had been stuck, rusted shut for a long time, loosened up. I was free. I was driving the bus of my life I could do whatever I wanted!”

    “We End in Joy: Memoirs of a First Daughter” by Angela Fordice Jordan, is a tenderly written account of her life with Kirk Fordice, the man who would become the first Republican governor of the state of Mississippi since Reconstruction, and Pat, her proper, iron willed, southern Mama.

    Jordan tempers her unflinching honesty with abundant love. Her prose is breathtaking. Describing the death of her mother, Jordan writes:

    “Go Mama” I breathed. “I love you.”
    “And just like that---just like that, easy as pie---my mother stepped across some threshold that I could not see, and arrived at some other place.”

    Jordan’s memories of being a teen in the 70’s, to being an divorced “empty nester”, to burying both parents, and later finding new love are universal themes. One does not have to be from Mississippi to appreciate and be touched by her story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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