Reflections In A Jaundiced Eye

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St. Martin's Press, Feb 15, 1990 - Fiction - 208 pages
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In this collection of essays, Florence King confirms her position as one of the wittiest social critics now writing-and certainly the most uninhibited. Nothing escapes her withering gaze, from our greatest national institution ("Democrazy"), to the cult of Helpism ("Does Your Child Taste Salty?"), to the rules of historical romance writing ("Sex and the Saxon Churl"). If caring 'n' compassion are getting you down, open this book for a refreshing whiff of vitriol.

 

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To say that King is just a mite critical of the American way of life would be putting it mildly indeed. As she writes in her first chapter, ". . . life in America has the same effect on me as The ... Read full review

Contents

1 AUTHORS NOTE
1
2 CONFESSIONS OF A BLOOM HIRSCH GIRL
3
3 GOOD KING HEROD
25
4 SPINSTERHOOD IS POWERFUL
37
5 FROM CAPTAIN MARVEL TO CAPTAIN VALIUM
51
6 DOES YOUR CHILD TASTE SALTY?
61
7 NICE GUYISM
78
8 DEMOCRAZY
89
12 TWO KIDNEYS IN TRANSPLANT TIME
128
13 UNSPORTIVE TRICKS
135
14 THE STATE OF THE FUNNY BONE
140
15 SUPERGOY
151
16 SEX AND THE SAXON CHURL
159
17 PHALLUS IN WONDERLAND
167
18 WOMENS LITTER
178
19 LAND OF HOPEFULLY AND GLORY
191

9 THE AGE OF HUMAN ERROR
106
10 DÉJÀ VIEWS
112
11 THE COLOR PURPLE WHY I AM A ROYALIST
118
20 EPILOGUE
198
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Florence King is the author of Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady, With Charity Toward None, and other books. Though she still lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Washington-fed yuppies may yet drive her father into the hills.

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