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Welfare Brat A Memoir

ISBN-10: 1582345899
ISBN-13: 9781582345895
Edition: N/A
Authors: Mary Childers
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 5/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792

" Exceptional... A classic American success story, Horatio Alger's "Ragged Dick "come true, told here utterly without self-congratulation or sentimentality." "-- ""Washington"" Post" Mary Childers's intimate and frank memoir tells the story of growing up in a family in which five out of seven children dropped out of high school and four different fathers dropped out of sight. With this lyrical and often humorous examination of how she became the first person in her family to attend college, Childers illuminates the causes of welfare dependence, generational poverty, and submission to a popular culture that values sexuality more than self-esteem and self-sufficiency.

Preface
Cherry Pie
Sleepwalking Toward the Horizon
Pants and Jackets
Triumph and Shame
Coney Island
Moving
Miracles
Shakespeare
Fresh Air Fund
Huddled Couples
Birthdays
A New Apartment
The Watch
Grand Concourse
Belonging
Thigh Gliding
Lessons
Carnival Secrets
Malcolm X and the Scarlet A
Mace
Summer Camp
Mother's Helper
Serendipity
Ed Sullivan
Advice
Rumors of Riots
School Strikes
Sex and the Inner City
Envelopes
Dead Man's Float
Rapprochement
Afterword: Country Music, 1982
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