Uppity

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Abbott Press, Apr 24, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 186 pages

I dont even know how to change her diaper, Beth said tearfully when she brought newborn C. J. home from the hospital. Seventeen, unmarried, and living with her parents, Beth adored her little girl, even as she was overwhelmed by caring for her. Thus the stage was set for a conflict-ridden motherdaughter relationship that continues to be complicated even now, forty-three years later.

By turns heart wrenching, funny and bizarre, Uppity is C. J.s account of growing up with an abusive mother who was turning tricks by the time C. J. was a toddler. On the one hand, Beth made sure that wherever they lived, her daughter got the master bedroom suite, while Beth and her husband had a smaller room. On the other, she insisted that C. J. do all the housework and took photos of her beautiful daughter to send to her customers when she went to work for a phone-sex line. While C. J.s friends thought foul-mouthed, eccentric Beth was cool and funny, C. J. lived with the knowledge that the next beating could happen at any momentany time Beth thought she was being uppity.

Anyone from an abusive home will recognize C. J.s heartbreaking attempts to earn her mothers love and to keep from provoking her. Ultimately, this is a tale of survival and even triumph, as C. J. claims her own identity and makes a good life for herselfeven maintaining a relationship with Beth. Most of all, Uppity is a tribute to the human spirit.

 

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Contents

Closet
H-2
Nowhere to Go
H-4
Cry Boy Cry
H-7
Growing Up on the Red Planet
H-8
Clean Slate
F-40
Tomboy
F-42
Dont say no to Red
F-44
The Boogeyman
F-45
License Alterations
111
Escape
114
My Savior
117
My SendOff
119
CJ
120
Military Life
123
Therapy
124
Leave
125

Litter Bug
F-48
Pacman
F-50
Bully BeatUp
F-52
Girls for Sale
F-54
Baptism
F-56
Nikki
F-58
BracesAlas
F-60
Naivety
F-61
Ramona
F-65
Midnight Swim
F-67
Turning Point
F-69
Safety
F-72
The Dream
F-74
Trichotillomania
F-75
69 Chevy Impala
F-78
Mickey Ds
F-80
Groceries
F-82
Phone Sex
F-84
First Time
F-89
Just an Empty Box
F-92
Jumped
103
Norco
107
Home Sweet Home
126
An Unexpected Gift
128
Five Dollars to Say Fuck
131
Grandmas Circus Act
133
Retard or Moron?
134
Get Me Some Ambien
136
Bathing Suits Overrated
138
Lets Ditch School
140
Yard Sale
141
Dentures Mishap
145
Check Up from the Butt Up
146
Grandmas Dead We Think
148
Jim
152
Let Him Eat Cake
156
The Forgotten Family Visit
158
Flight Risk
161
Shock A Son Gout
163
Id Hide You
165
Life Goes On
167
Afterword
171
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About the author (2012)

C. J. was raised in Southern California and joined the United States Air Force after high school. In 2005, she married the love of her life. She has two children and three stepchildren; she works as a sign language interpreter in Bend, Oregon.

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