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Author Smith, Tracy K., author.

Title Ordinary light : a memoir / Tracy K. Smith. [Axis 360 electronic resource]

Edition First edition.
Publication Info. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
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Contents The miracle -- My book house -- Wild kingdom -- Spirits and demons -- Kin -- Leroy -- A home in the world -- MGM -- Little feats of daring -- Total adventure -- Book a big band -- A necessary rite -- Humor -- Uninvisible -- The night stalker -- Hot and fast -- Shame -- Mother -- Epistolary -- Positive -- Kathleen -- Something better -- The woman at the well -- A strange thing to do -- I, too -- Testimony -- Another dialect of the soul -- Something powerful at her side -- A strange after -- Abide -- Clearances -- Dear God.
Summary "A memoir about the author's coming of age as she grapples with her identity as an artist, her family's racial history, and her mother's death from cancer"-- Provided by publisher.
An acclaimed poet explores coming-of-age and the meaning of home against a complex backdrop of race, faith, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and daughter.
"A memoir about the author's coming of age as she grapples with her identity as an artist, her family's racial history, and her mother's death from cancer"-- Provided by publisher.
"From the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet: a deeply moving memoir that explores coming-of-age and the meaning of home against a complex backdrop of race, faith, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and daughter. Tracy K. Smith had a fairly typical upbringing in suburban California: the youngest in a family of five children raised with limitless affection and a firm belief in God by a stay-at-home mother and an engineer father. But after spending a summer in Alabama at her grandmother's home, she returns to California with a new sense of what it means for her to be black: from her mother's memories of picking cotton as a girl in her father's field for pennies a bushel, to her parents' involvement in the Civil Rights movement. These dizzying juxtapositions--between her family's past, her own comfortable present, and the promise of her future--will eventually compel her to act on her passions for love and 'ecstatic possibility,' and her desire to become a writer. But when her mother is diagnosed with cancer, which she says is part of God's plan, Tracy must learn a new way to love and look after someone whose beliefs she has outgrown. Written with a poet's precision and economy, this gorgeous, probing kaleidoscope of self and family offers us a universal story of belonging and becoming, and the ways we find and lose ourselves amid the places we call home"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Prologue: The Miracle -- I. My Book House -- Wild Kingdom -- Spirits and Demons -- Kin -- Leroy -- A Home in the World -- II. MGM -- Little Feats of Daring -- Total Adventure -- Book a Big Band -- A Necessary Rite -- Humor -- III. Uninvisible -- The Night Stalker -- Hot & Fast -- Shame -- Mother -- Epistolary -- Positive -- IV. Kathleen -- Something Better -- The Woman at the Well -- A Strange Thing to Do -- I, Too -- Testimony -- V. Another Dialect of the Soul -- Something Powerful at Her Side -- A Strange After -- Abide -- Clearances -- Epilogue: Dear God.
Subject Smith, Tracy K.
Smith, Tracy K. -- Family.
Smith, Tracy K. (OCoLC)fst01929143
African American women authors -- Biography.
Mothers -- United States -- Death.
Mothers and daughters -- United States.
Coming of age -- United States.
Home -- Psychological aspects.
African Americans -- Race identity.
Identity (Psychology) -- United States.
Poets -- Psychology.
African American women authors. (OCoLC)fst00799477
African Americans -- Race identity. (OCoLC)fst00799666
Coming of age. (OCoLC)fst01763769
Families. (OCoLC)fst01728849
Home -- Psychological aspects. (OCoLC)fst00959079
Identity (Psychology) (OCoLC)fst00966892
Mothers and daughters. (OCoLC)fst01026997
Mothers -- Death. (OCoLC)fst01026948
Poets -- Psychology. (OCoLC)fst01067782
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre Electronic books.
Autobiographies. (OCoLC)fst01919894
Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
Autobiographies.
Other Form: Electronic reproduction of (manifestation): Smith, Tracy K. Ordinary light New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015 9780307962669 (DLC) 2014026185 (OCoLC)900157951
ISBN 9780307962676 : $48.00
0307962679 : $48.00
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