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by Allison Glock

eBook Beauty before Comfort epub
  • ISBN: 0007172419
  • Author: Allison Glock
  • Genre: Biographies
  • Subcategory: Memoirs
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Flamingo; First Edition edition (2004)
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • ePUB size: 1189 kb
  • FB2 size 1688 kb
  • Formats mbr lrf doc lit


Beauty Before Comfort - what a great title! It sort of says it all, and this book reads as well as a pair of beautiful and sexy . Allison Glock has a stunning talent to come up with words that bring her characters and pages to life.

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A New York Times notable book, Beauty Before Comfort is an intimate portrait of southern, small-town life, which the Los Angeles Times called a vivid evocation of the imperiled natural beauty of this region of mines and potteries, the hardships of the Depression and the charms of small-town life as well as its shibboleths, petty snobberies and sheer boredom. Glock writes with enormous zest, and her book is a delight to read: funny, forceful, down-to-earth. Her humor comes straight out of the classic American vein, a blend of tall-tale hyperbole and ironic understatement.

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Автор: Allison Glock Название: Beauty Before Comfort ISBN . Описание: Changers Book Two: Oryon finds our hero Ethan/Drew on the eve of his second metamorphosis - into Oryon.

Описание: A beautiful and touching memoir of Allison Glock's grandmother, this is both an extraordinary portrait of a truly remarkable woman and a engaging history of 20th century Appalachia. Allison Glock writes with humour, lyricism and beauty to create a truly unforgettable portrait of a remarkable person.

Beauty Before Comfort book. So writes Allison Glock at the start of her irresistible memoir of her maternal grandmother, Aneita Jean Blair, a woman who came of age during the Depression in a West Virginia factory town yet refused to succumb to the desperation that surrounded her. Instead, Aneita Jean rouged her cheeks and kicked up her heels and did her best to forget the realities of life in an insular community where your neighbors could be as unforgiving as the Appalachian landscape.

A beautiful and touching memoir of Allison Glock's grandmother, this is both an extraordinary portrait of a truly remarkable woman and a engaging history of 20th century Appalachia

A beautiful and touching memoir of Allison Glock's grandmother, this is both an extraordinary portrait of a truly remarkable woman and a engaging history of 20th century Appalachia. "Beauty before comfort," she would say as she trimmed her brows and cinched her belts corset-tight. My grandmother is so beautiful she has never once been comfortable, a cross she bears with the subtlety of Liberace. So writes Allison Glock at the start of her remarkable memoir, the story of her maternal grandmother, Aneita Jean Blair, and the extraordinary life she led.

The first lesson ever taught me was that dancing matters. The first lesson ever taught me was that dancing matters. When she did come across men she fancied who didn't dance, she sent them away until they did. They always learned, because my grandmother was bitingly beautiful, and that is the second lesson she taught methat beauty inspires, all of God's beauty, but especially hers.

"Beauty before comfort," she would say as she trimmed her brows and cinched her belts corset-tight. So writes Allison Glock at the start of her remarkable memoir, the story of her maternal grandmother, Aneita Jean Blair, and the extraordinary life she led growing up in Chester, West Virginia, a sooty factory town wedged between the unforgiving Appalachians and the Ohio River. As a girl, a young woman, and even late in life as a grandmother, Aneita Jean had.

Allison Glock was born in West Virginia and is an American non-fiction writer. Beauty Before Comfort. Clay Aiken; Allison Glock (2005). Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life. ISBN 978-0-375-40121-3. Random House, Inc. ISBN 978-0-8129-7410-2.

Beauty Before Comfort'. Besides, a triple burger sure feels better in the belly than a head of lettuce, and most rural West Virginians take what comfort they can get. That's what we say. It's a catchall. Aunt Sue's getting divorced. Which is why they drink. And sit very still on their porches, rickety slices of wood so worn, the nails snag your feet as you shuffle across.

Comments: (7)
6snake6
Being from WV and now living in Jacksonville, FL just as the author has also done, I just had to give this a try. It is very well written. Even growing up in WV, I never knew about the pottery industry and I found that very interesting. The author's grandmother was a little like my mother which is also why I decided to read this book. It is a fairly quick read and worth giving it a try..
Konetav
I enjoyed reading about Aneita Jean who was certainly a colorful character. It was like paging through a scrapbook with the storyteller. However, I was disappointed at times by the description of photos that weren't there. Why not use the photo if you're going to describe it? There were other photos that were used, but not necessarily well described leaving me wondering who they were or why they were placed in certain positions.
Garne
This memoir of a kooky grandmother is a real hoot. I laughed all the way through.
Moronydit
I spent part of my growing up years in Eastern Kentucky, and this book brought back memories! Good read! I finished it in a weekend!
Umge
I enjoyed learning about the WV region described here, including rise of pottery industry. Long sections describe her grandmother's beaus. These parts were just not compelling. And I was disappointed by the ending.
Faegal
I read the first reviews that came out about Beauty Before Comfort, and, to quote Yogi Berra, it was deja vue all over again: this book could have been written about my mother. In fact, I could have written it!
Although my mother stuck, more or less, with one main man (my father) from the time she turned sixteen, I couldn't help comment on the similarities between Aneita Jean and Mary Churchman (my mom). Those many points of comparison made this delicious reading. I believe anyone with a flamboyant female relative in her background would find this book a delight. For me, it filled in many areas of my mother's life during that same era (30s and 40s) that she has pulled a gauzy curtain over - now that preserving her self-image as a devoted wife and mother is more important to her than creating the well-bred hussy image.
Beauty Before Comfort - what a great title! It sort of says it all, and this book reads as well as a pair of beautiful and sexy sling-back high-heeled pumps: even if the shoes were borrowed from a cousin, aren't quite the right size, and pinch horribly by the end of the evening, by God, they sure look great!
Tisicai
Allison Glock is a poet. Her words are stark and striking, and her storytelling is mesmerizing. After meeting Aneita Jean, I wanted to go back through the years and get acquainted with my own grandmothers, hear their stories and live vicariously. I felt an intimate attachment to the memoir, as I grew up in Newell, WV, and currently reside in Chester, and my parents live on Phoenix Avenue across from Aneita Jean's childhood home. I frequented Thornberry's store, growing up in the 70's, and I still think about it every time I drive through the town and see the building that once housed the store. I was a bit taken aback by some of the harsh assessments Glock levied on WV and Hancock County, but I understand that is her truths, and Aneita Jean's, but not necessarily mine (I escaped for 15 years but found myself yearning to return, so I did). I have recommended this book to all my fellow "Newellies", and I look forward to the next work by Glock.
No author since Davis Grubb (Night of the Hunter and many other titles)died 20 years ago has communicated the essense of the West Virginia panhandle pottery and mining towns and their people with such vivid and compelling accuracy... and eloquence. Allison Glock has a stunning talent to come up with words that bring her characters and pages to life. This memoir of her grandmother doesn't duck the bawdy intimate details, which are compellingly, almost Jerry Springer-ish funny, and reveals with impact the bleak kind of John Steinbeck depression era drudgery and unfulfilled aspirations of the lives she articulates with such feeling. I think she will become a hugely successful author if that's what she chooses to be. I loved this book!
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