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Things I Should Have Told My Daughter

Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs

By Pearl Cleage

In addition to being one of the most popular living playwrights in America, Pearl Cleage is a bestselling author with an Oprah Book Club pick and multiple awards to her credit, but there was a time when such stellar success seemed like a dream. In this revelatory and deeply personal work, Cleage takes readers back to the 1970s and ’80s, retracing her struggles to hone her craft amid personal and professional tumult.

Though born and raised in Detroit, it was in Atlanta that Cleage encountered the forces that would most shape her experience. At the time, married to Michael Lomax, now head of the United Negro College Fund, she worked with Maynard Jackson, Atlanta’s first African-American mayor. Things I Should Have Told My Daughter charts not only the political fights but also the pull she began to feel on her own passions—a pull that led her away from Lomax as she grappled with ideas of feminism and self-fulfillment. This fascinating memoir follows her journey from a columnist for a local weekly to a playwright and Hollywood scriptwriter whose circle came to include luminaries Richard Pryor, Avery Brooks, Phylicia Rashad, Shirley Franklin, and Jesse Jackson.

In the tradition of giants such as Susan Sontag, Joan Didion, Nora Ephron, and Maya Angelou, Cleage’s self-portrait raises women’s confessional writing to the level of fine literature.

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Publish Date

2014

ISBN

9781451664690


Format: Book
Author: Cleage, Pearl
Summary: "An inspiring and revelatory memoir of juggling marriage, motherhood and politics as she worked to become a successful writer and self-fulfilled woman"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Things I should have told my daughter : lies, lessons & love affairs / Pearl Cleage.
Publisher Date: New York : Atria Books, 2014.
Subject: Cleage, Pearl. Women authors, American -- Biography. Self-realization in women. Motherhood -- United States. BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General. BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs. BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary.
Isbn: 9781451664690 (hbk.) 1451664699 (hbk.) 9781451664706 (paperback) 1451664702 (paperback)
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System Items Available: 5
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Call Number: B Cleage
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Bib Id: 508669

Format: Book
Author: Cleage, Pearl.
Summary: "An inspiring and revelatory memoir of juggling marriage, motherhood and politics as she worked to become a successful writer and self-fulfilled woman"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: Things I should have told my daughter : lies, lessons & love affairs / Pearl Cleage.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Atria Books, 2014.
Description: ix, 308 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects: Cleage, Pearl.
Subjects: Women authors, American -- Biography.
Subjects: Self-realization in women.
Subjects: Motherhood -- United States.
Subjects: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General.
Subjects: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs.
Subjects: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN: 2013034164
ISBN: 9781451664690 (hbk.)
ISBN: 1451664699 (hbk.)
ISBN: 9781451664706 (paperback)
ISBN: 1451664702 (paperback)
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Available Copies: 5
Total Copies: 8
Call Number: B Cleage