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You Ain't Got No Easter Clothes: A Memoir (2004)
by Laura Love
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"Laura Love has always had a knack for getting her audiences to listen. Now, for the first time, she has channeled her artistic talents into prose. The story is hers, and this coming-of-age memoir is an account of resilience and resolve." "Laura grew up in Nebraska, where she survived a childhood that was miserable under the best of circumstances and nearly unbearable under the worst. Shuffled among a mentally unstable mother unable to cope with daily life, foster homes, and orphanages, Laura survived, thanks ultimately to her own personal resources and the love and support she received from her sister, from neighbors, and from a few teachers along the way. Those were the best of times." "At other times, Laura and her sister lived in dreadfully sordid conditions, struggling to make sense of the emotional turbulence, mental illness, and poverty that shaped life at home - and the racism and racial politics that affected life on the sidewalks and streets, playgrounds and classrooms of Omaha and Lincoln." "Despite the odds, the two sisters managed to get by, and in smaller moments, even triumph. As they entered their high school years, they began to assert their independence by creating their own sources of support and income, so as not to be dependent on a mother incapable of caring for them. It was It was at this time, too, that Laura discovered a secret that her mother had kept from her since birth. You Ain't Got No Easter Clothes brings readers a story of growth under the most detrimental of circumstances. Here is a young girl's attempt to make sense of her life and her place in it."--BOOK JACKET.
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