The bookmaker's daughter: a memory unbound

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Ticknor & Fields/Houghton Mifflin, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 290 pages
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Richly detailed with family anecdote, feminine insight, history, sociology, and Southern mythology, Shirley Abbott's deeply personal memoir strikes familiar and resonant chords. In The Bookmaker's Daughter, Abbott examines her difficult relationship with the most important man in her life--her daddy.

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very interesting story of girl who is so close to father but as he loses his identity and she is getting hers, they lose their closeness forever. a complicated story i'm sure for her. Read full review

The Bookmaker's Daughter: A Memory Unbound

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Abbott came to terms with her father in this 1991 memoir. Alfred Abbott told his family he was a bookmaker in the publishing sense, when in reality he was a bookie in the gambling sense. Despite his ... Read full review


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Shirley Abbott is the author of Womenfolks: Growing Up Down South and The Bookmaker's Daughter: A Memory Unbound, which was a New York Times Notable Book. Born and raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas, she now lives in New York and Massachusetts.

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