Welfare Brat

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Dec 1, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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.
 

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This is a real bootstrap story that keeps you turning pages wondering how in the hell a woman who grew up in this way could possibly have lived to write a book about it. But Mary Childers did just ... Read full review

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Growing up in my own version of rural poverty, I was anxious to compare Mary Childer's childhood to my own. We are, within a few years, close to the same age, so I concluded that our stories might be ... Read full review

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Contents

Preface
1
Cherry Pie
5
Sleepwalking Toward the Horizon
15
Pants and Jackets
20
Triumph and Shame
32
Coney Island
38
Moving
50
Miracles
58
Carnival Secrets
136
Malcolm X and the Scarlet A
141
Mace
149
Summer Camp
158
Mothers Helper
163
Serendipity
175
Ed Sullivan
182
Advice
189

Shakespeare
63
Fresh Air Fund
72
Huddled Couples
81
Birthdays
88
A New Apartment
96
The Watch
102
Grand Concourse
108
Belonging
115
Thigh Gliding
123
Lessons
128
Rumors of Riots
201
School Strikes
208
Sex and the Inner City
219
Envelopes
228
Dead Mans Float
237
Rapprochement
245
Country Music 1982
256
Authors Note
263
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About the author (2008)

Mary Childers is a consultant who mediates conflict and provides discrimination prevention training for higher education and corporations. She has a Ph.D. in English literature and lives in New Hampshire.

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