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By Rick Bragg

A New York Times outstanding ebook of the Year

This haunting, harrowing, gloriously relocating recollection of a existence at the American margin is the tale of Rick Bragg, who grew up dirt-poor in northeastern Alabama, doubtless destined for both the cotton turbines or the detention center, and as a substitute turned a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The big apple Times. it's the tale of Bragg's father, a hard-drinking guy with a murderous mood and the behavior of working out at the those who wanted him most.

But on the heart of this hovering memoir is Bragg's mom, who went eighteen years with out a new gown in order that her sons can have university outfits and picked different people's cotton in order that her young children wouldn't need to live to tell the tale welfare on my own. Evoking those lives--and the rustic that formed and nourished them--with artistry, honesty, and compassion, Rick Bragg brings domestic the affection and soreness that lie on the center of each family members. the result's unforgettable.

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Austen-Leigh, Mary Augusta, Personal Aspects of Jane Austen (London: John Murray, ). Austen-Leigh, William, and Austen-Leigh, Richard Arthur, Jane Austen: Her Life and Letters. , ). , ). , London: Richard Bentley and Son, ). Hubback, J. , Admiral of the Fleet, and Rear-Admiral Charles Austen (London: John Lane, ). Knatchbull, Lady, ‘Aunt Jane’, Cornhill Magazine,  (), –. Knight, Fanny, Fanny Knight’s Diaries: Jane Austen Through Her Niece’s Eyes, ed. Deirdre Le Faye (Alton: Jane Austen Society, ).

This is their version: Tradition says that when Jane returned home accompanied by Martha Lloyd, the news was abruptly announced by her mother, who thus greeted them: ‘Well, girls, it is all settled; we have decided to leave Steventon in such a week, and go to Bath’; and that the shock of the intelligence was so great to Jane that she fainted away. Unfortunately, there is no further direct evidence to show how far Jane’s feelings Introduction xxxix resembled those she attributed to Marianne Dashwood on leaving Norland; but we have the negative evidence arising from the fact that none of her letters are preserved between November , , and January , , although Cassandra was at Godmersham during the whole of the intervening month.

That his primmer Victorian relatives found themselves defending Aunt Jane from the potential charge of unseemly frivolity. It is also in Henry’s two accounts that the long-running myth begins of effortless artistic originality, the morally irreproachable spinster who, entirely unconsciously, produced exquisitely finished novels (‘Every thing came finished from her pen . ’ (p. ) ). His second account is the more considered––he removes all mention of those deathbed verses––and it is less narrowly grounded in xlviii Introduction family recollection.

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