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My unsentimental education : a memoir / by Debra Monroe.

By: Monroe, Debra [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Publisher: Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2015]Copyright date: ©2015Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780820348735; 0820348732.Subject(s): Working class women -- United States -- Biography | Single mothers -- United States -- Biography | Man-woman relationships -- United States | Sex role -- United States | Working class families -- Wisconsin -- SpoonerAdditional physical formats: Print version:: My unsentimental educationDDC classification: 813/.54 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Prologue -- History and practical math -- Regional trades -- On the down-low -- Drinks are on the house -- Intermission -- In the event of an apocalypse -- Serfs and landlords -- Depredating deer -- A dress rehearsal -- Epilogue.
Scope and content: "A misfit in Spooner, Wisconsin with its farms, bars, and strip joints, Debra Monroe leaves to earn a degree, then another, another, and builds a career--if only because her plans to be a Midwestern housewife continually get scuttled. Her professional life improves because she's good at 'hard-core feigning.' Fearless but naive, she vaults over class barriers, but never quite leaves her past behind. When it comes to men, she's still blue-collar. Monroe pays careful attention to what love and sex mean to a 'liberated' woman: to the pressure to be assertive yet not too assertive; to different prices women pay for being 'sultry-powerful' or 'brainy-powerful.' Both the story of her steady rise into the professional class and a parallel history of unsuitable exes, this memoir reminds us how accidental even a good life can be. If Joan Didion advises us 'to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be,' Monroe takes this advice a step further and nods at the people she might have become but didn't. Funny, poignant, wise, My Unsentimental Education explores the confusion that ensues when a working class girl ends up far from where she began"--Provided by publisher.
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"A misfit in Spooner, Wisconsin with its farms, bars, and strip joints, Debra Monroe leaves to earn a degree, then another, another, and builds a career--if only because her plans to be a Midwestern housewife continually get scuttled. Her professional life improves because she's good at 'hard-core feigning.' Fearless but naive, she vaults over class barriers, but never quite leaves her past behind. When it comes to men, she's still blue-collar. Monroe pays careful attention to what love and sex mean to a 'liberated' woman: to the pressure to be assertive yet not too assertive; to different prices women pay for being 'sultry-powerful' or 'brainy-powerful.' Both the story of her steady rise into the professional class and a parallel history of unsuitable exes, this memoir reminds us how accidental even a good life can be. If Joan Didion advises us 'to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be,' Monroe takes this advice a step further and nods at the people she might have become but didn't. Funny, poignant, wise, My Unsentimental Education explores the confusion that ensues when a working class girl ends up far from where she began"--Provided by publisher.

Prologue -- History and practical math -- Regional trades -- On the down-low -- Drinks are on the house -- Intermission -- In the event of an apocalypse -- Serfs and landlords -- Depredating deer -- A dress rehearsal -- Epilogue.

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DEBRA MONROE is the author of two story collections, The Source of Trouble and A Wild, Cold State ; two novels, Newfangled and Shambles ; and two memoirs, On the Outskirts of Normal and My Unsentimental Education . She is a "fierce" writer who presents "ever-hopeful lost souls with engaging humor and sympathy" ( Kirkus Reviews ), in prose that's "rangy, thoughtful, ambitious, and widely, wildly knowledgeable" ( Washington Post ), always "fine and funky, marbled with warmth and confusion, but not a hint of sentimentality" ( Boston Globe ). She lives in Austin, Texas, and teaches in the MFA program at Texas State University.

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