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Pieces from Life's Crazy Quilt (American Lives)

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Part memoir and part urban social history, Pieces from Lifes Crazy Quilt is an African American womans personal account of her life during a racially turbulent period in a northern American city. Raised in a black neighborhood in urban Detroit, Marvin V. Arnett begins her book with her birth during the Great Depression, and ends with the infamous Detroit race riot of 1943. Arnetts close observations and attention to the details of her neighborhood and the complex adult relationships around her make this an understated yet powerful story of witness.
 
Like the idiosyncratic pieces of a crazy quilt, each chapter functions alone but takes on particular resonance when considered with the whole. Choreographed as one-act plays, each chapter invites the reader into the life of the Sprague family and their neighbors during the years after the Ford Motor Company closed their Detroit plants. Arnett tells the story of her childhood with subversive allusions to the Victorian-era coming-of-age stories she consumed while growing up and the moral lessons she absorbed in such readings but could not reconcile with her own experience.

Synopsis:

Part memoir and part urban social history, this book forms an African American woman's personal account of her life during a racially turbulent period in Detroit. Arnett's close observations of her neighbourhood make this an understated yet powerful story of witness.

Synopsis:

Like the idiosyncratic pieces of a crazy quilt, each chapter functions alone but takes on particular resonance when considered with the whole. Choreographed as one-act plays, each chapter invites the reader into the life of the Sprague family and their neighbours during the years after the Ford Motor Company closed their Detroit plants. Arnett tells the story of her childhood with subversive allusions to the Victorian-era coming-of-age stories she consumed while growing up, and the moral lessons she absorbed in such readings but could not reconcile with her own experience.

About the Author

Marvin V. Arnett is a retired manager who worked in the federal service for more than twenty-five years and is a former vice president of the National Organization of Blacks in Government. Arnett is a member of The Society of Midland Authors. She lives in Southfield, Michigan, where she lectures and tutors.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803210646
Publisher:
Bison Books
Location:
Lincoln
Author:
Arnett, Marvin V.
Author:
Marvin V. Arnett Estate
Author:
Arnett Estate, Marvin V.
Subject:
General
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Michigan
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Detroit
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
BIO026000
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Detroit (mich.)
Subject:
African Americans - Michigan - Detroit -
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
American Lives
Series Volume:
1248
Publication Date:
20080401
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in 0.6 lb

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Biography » Women

Pieces from Life's Crazy Quilt (American Lives)
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Product details 200 pages University of Nebraska Press - English 9780803210646 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Part memoir and part urban social history, this book forms an African American woman's personal account of her life during a racially turbulent period in Detroit. Arnett's close observations of her neighbourhood make this an understated yet powerful story of witness.
"Synopsis" by , Like the idiosyncratic pieces of a crazy quilt, each chapter functions alone but takes on particular resonance when considered with the whole. Choreographed as one-act plays, each chapter invites the reader into the life of the Sprague family and their neighbours during the years after the Ford Motor Company closed their Detroit plants. Arnett tells the story of her childhood with subversive allusions to the Victorian-era coming-of-age stories she consumed while growing up, and the moral lessons she absorbed in such readings but could not reconcile with her own experience.
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