• Title: Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers
  • Author: Kathryn Kysar Jonis Agee Elizabeth Jarret Andrew Sandra Benítez Barrie Jean Borich Taiyon Coleman Heid Erdrich Diane Glancy
  • ISBN: 9780873516143
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Riding Shotgun Women Write About Their Mothers Just in time for Mother s Day a group of America s celebrated literary women have come together to tackle a topic close to their hearts Mom These highly personal yet often universal stories offer win
    Just in time for Mother s Day, a group of America s celebrated literary women have come together to tackle a topic close to their hearts Mom These highly personal yet often universal stories offer windows into those influential mother daughter moments that have forever shaped the lives And perspectives of the writers, powerful women authors, spokespeople, scholars, teachJust in time for Mother s Day, a group of America s celebrated literary women have come together to tackle a topic close to their hearts Mom These highly personal yet often universal stories offer windows into those influential mother daughter moments that have forever shaped the lives And perspectives of the writers, powerful women authors, spokespeople, scholars, teachers, and some mothers themselves.Jonis Agee s mother haunts her daughter s plumbing Tai Coleman s mother struggled to raise five children on her own wits and a single paycheck Heid Erdrich s mother showed her daughter both the falsity and the truth in the cliche of the Indian Princess Sheila O Connor s mother, who ran a road construction company, was not like other mothers Ka Vang s mother dodged the hand grenades that her husband s first wife threw on her wedding day Morgan Grayce Willow s mother drove home late at night after selling cosmetics to farm wives as her daughter rode shotgun.In true tales of startling candor and rich insight, these and many other talented writers reflect on the women who raised them, revealing hard work and hardship, successes and failures, love and anger mothers and daughters.Kathryn Kysar, the author of Dark Lake, teaches writing in Minneapolis She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Norcroft, the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Banfill Locke Center for the Arts.

    One Reply to “Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers”

    1. What a surprising anthology! By turns wrenching, funny, poignant, angry, and nostalgic--this collection defies easy typecasting. What's more, if you like memoir but have decided to bypass this simply out of distaste for mother- and parenthood-lit you're going to miss out on some fantastic creative nonfiction. And there wasn't a clinker in the bunch--no mean feat when assembling an anthology. The authors and editor Kathryn Kysar are entirely deserving of all the ink spilled in the cause of this d [...]

    2. Ever read a book and wonder about the writer, what made them capable? Ever wish you could peek at the household of a writer and get in on the family fights, the favorite foods, the shocking secrets, the comfortingly familiar, the strange and curious, the ups and downs, the dizzying array of emotions and behaviors and freak occurrence and surprise guests and variety acts all appearing on the Mom Show? Consider this your invite, your unexpected prize. This anthology is so well-conceived (pun inten [...]

    3. I just finished reading this book to prepare for an event I'm working on for Midwest Health Center for Women on May 2nd. The event will be featuring the editor, Kathryn Kysar as our guest speaker and will also feature two of the book's contributing writers, Ka Vang and Heid E. Estrich who will read excerpts from their own essays. It looks like it will be a facinating event. If you are interested in attending, please e-mail me at tmtesky@hotmail and I'll send you more details.About the book: The [...]

    4. The stories reflect the variety of feelings and experiences women have regarding their mothers. Some relationships are wonderful and all are complicated by the intensity of feelings. When we are young we don't see our mothers as flawed human beings so we either strive to gain their approval or we fight against them. As we grow older we begin to learn to accept our mothers as they are and not what we wish they were. In the final analysis, hopefully, we become the person we choose to be, not the r [...]

    5. This is a series of essays by women writers, many of whom have MN connections. I have not read them all, but am putting it away for now. Will pick it back up periodically. That's one thing I love about collections of short pieces. The first essay I read in this book was one by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew, who taught a writing class I took in 2007. The essay blew me away. She is an amazing writer.

    6. Another book for my lit class. I thought there was a great diversity with in the stories, but it also got redundant because each story was, of corse, about the authors mother. It will make you laugh and think of your own mom. A good read if you have some time to kill and want something quick and quirky.

    7. I loved the concept of this book - the execution, however, falls a little short - I found most of these essays to be engaging well-written, wrenchingly TRUE portraits of the complex mother-daughter relationship.

    8. Wonderful anthology. Kysar is a local (Twin Cities) author and poet. She's reading from her new collection TONIGHT at the LOFT in Minneapolis.

    9. LOOOVED this book!!!It was a recommendation by my daughter Becca; she said it reminded her of ME.I can see what she meant. I really connected with this book.

    10. A wide variety of essays by writers with a Minnesota connection. Very interesting to see the scope of motherhood.

    11. Enjoyed the stories and the varied relationships the writers had or didn't have with their mothers.

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