Sweet Charlotte's Seventh Mistake

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Basic Books, Dec 23, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 208 pages
In Sweet Charlotte’s Seventh Mistake Cori Crooks records her search for identity among the things left behind by her delinquent family, her deceased, drug-addicted con-artist mother, and her missing biological father. Told through old photographs, diary entries, letters, and the results of a mail-order DNA test, Cori pieces together a profound scrapbook that begins as a paternity search and becomes a chronicle of her mother’s reckless life. A stunning visual memoir, Sweet Charlotte’s Seventh Mistake is an intimate look into one woman’s unconventional family history.
 

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Contents

The Stamp 10
10
We the Living 12
12
Prayers 18
18
Beach Blanket Bingo 20
20
Apple Season 22
22
1974 Winter 24
24
Grannyphone? 28
28
1975 Summer part 1 30
30
Babies 3 4 108
109
The Science Fair Lie 110
110
My Strange Nose 114
114
Hanoi Jane vs My Mom 118
118
The Other Grandmother 120
120
Pennies from Heaven 124
124
The Rules 128
128
Baby 5 132
133

AKA Mommy 35
35
Haiku for Paterfamilias 36
36
1975 Summer part 2 38
38
Shackles and Bluebells 40
41
Failing Basic Math 42
42
Mama 46
46
My First Lie 50
50
Girl with Half an Eyebrow 52
52
Gravidity 60
60
Detached 64
64
Baby 1 66
67
Alcatraz 68
68
Some of What He Left Me 70
70
No Hard Hat 74
74
Shoe Lottery 76
76
My Darling Clementine 78
78
Sleepwalking 82
82
Baby and the Bathwater 86
86
Baby 2 88
89
2 Years a Couch and a Birthday 90
90
Owls in Sand 94
94
Driving Lessons 98
98
The Abortion 102
102
Word Problems 104
104
Movie House 106
106
Promenade Girl 134
134
Reunion part 1 138
138
Reunion part 2 143
143
A Nominative Case 146
146
I Hate Your Answering Machine 148
148
The V W Bug 150
150
Baby 6 156
157
Declining the Crown 158
158
Girl Trouble 1 164
164
Love Soft as an Easy Chair 166
166
Girl Trouble 2 168
168
Altamont 172
172
Girl Trouble 3 176
176
The Other Brothers 180
180
Dear Diary 184
184
Girl Trouble 4 186
186
Taking the Test 190
190
Baby 7 192
193
4 and 20 Blackbirds 194
194
The Results 198
198
Born 201
201
Acknowledgments 204
204
Credits
207
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About the author (2008)

Cori Crooks, writer, artist, playwright, and musician, continues to make heads turn with her art/life blog, A Gag Reflex. Beginning in 2004, she documented her quest for the truth about her paternity and then aired the DNA test results online to her readers. Her offbeat prose quickly earned her local press, respect amongst top bloggers and published writers, as well as a cult following of fans eager for more of her quirky and fresh story telling.

Cori attributes her talents to having lived a full life at an early age. Once a homeless teen in the suburbs of Oakland, CA, she went on to write and direct plays at her local community theatre, record music and tour with an indie label rock band, and study humanities at San Francisco State University. She now lives and owns property in Yolo County, where she provides low-cost studio spaces to struggling local artists.

Cori’s writing has appeared independently in weeklies and zines from CA to NY, and internationally online. Her artwork has been shown at galleries in New York and California, and currently is on consignment with the American Museum of Ceramic Art.

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