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Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

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Born to a single mother and adopted by Pentecostal parents, acclaimed British novelist Jeanette Winterson's childhood was extraordinary by any measure.  In this raw, fiercely honest and deeply affecting memoir, she remembers growing up with a monstrous mother and a passive father in a very specific time and place: the 1960s and 1970s in the small North England industrial town of Accrington, where some of the poorer children brought dog biscuits to school for their mid-day meal and everyone Jeanette knew was as skinny as a ferret. Because reading books was deemed dangerous (only the Bible was allowed at home), Jeanette discovered English Literature A-Z at the local public library and hid books under her mattress. With exquisite prose, she delves deeply into matters of human love, loss and identity, and shows how stories and poetry can guide and save us when we are suffering. Check Our Catalog

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The New York Times Book Review has selected this book as one of the top 100 books of 2012.

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