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Clear Springs: a memoir

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Random House,
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1st ed.
In this superb memoir, the bestselling author ofIn Countryand other award-winning books tells her own story, and the story of a Kentucky farm family, the Masons of Clear Springs. Like Russell Baker's Growing Up, Jill Ker Conway's The Road from Coorain, and other classic literary memoirs,Clear Springstakes us back in time to recapture a way of life that has all but disappeared, a country culture deeply rooted in work and food and family, in common sense and music and the land. Clear Springs is also an American woman's odyssey, exploring how a misfit girl who dreamed of distant places grew up in the forties, fifties, and sixties, and fulfilled her ambition to be a writer.          A multilayered narrative of three generations--Bobbie Ann Mason, her parents and grandparents--Clear Springsgracefully interlaces several different lives, decades, and locales, moving from the industrious life on a Kentucky farm to travels around the South with Mason as president of the Hilltoppers Fan Club; from the hippie lifestyle of the 1960s New York counterculture to the shock-therapy ward of a mental institution; from a farmhouse to the set of a Hollywood movie; from pop music concerts to a small rustic schoolhouse. Clear Springs depicts the changes that have come to family, to women, and to heartland America in the twentieth century, as well as to Bobbie Ann Mason herself. When the movie of Mason's bestselling novel In Country is filmed near Clear Springs, it brings the first limousines to town, even as it brings out once again the wisdom and values of Mason's remarkable parents. Her mother,  especially, stands at the center of this book. Mason's journey leads her to a recognition of the drama and significance of her mother's life and to a new understanding of heritage, place, and family roots.          Brilliant and evocative, Clear Springs is a stunning achievement.
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Families -- Kentucky
Farm life -- Kentucky
Kentucky -- Social life and customs
Mason, Bobbie Ann -- Childhood and youth
Mason, Bobbie Ann -- Family
Women novelists, American -- 20th century -- Family relationships
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Family relationships
Farm life
Mason, Bobbie Ann
Social life and customs
Women novelists, American