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Angela the Upside-Down Girl: And Other Domestic Travels

Hiestand, Emily

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ISBN 10: 0807071285 / ISBN 13: 9780807071281
Published by Beacon Press, Boston, 1998
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First printing, full number line. Signed by the author on the title page: "Best wishes / Emily Hiestand." Book is square and unmarked; corners sharp, spine ends lightly bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $23.00); an "Autographed Copy" sticker on front panel. Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005580

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Title: Angela the Upside-Down Girl: And Other ...

Publisher: Beacon Press, Boston

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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Synopsis:

A childhood shaped by her zestful aunt Nan Dean of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama; a girlhood spent in Oak Ridge ("Atom City"), Tennessee; a journey north to a seedy seaside town where a stripper named Angela the Upside-Down Girl is her first neighbor—these are only some of the geographical and spiritual journeys in this dazzling, seriously funny guide to the art of being human.

Review:

The loose-linked remembrances Emily Hiestand packs into Angela the Upside-Down Girl reveal a tongue tucked firmly in cheek, an eye for social travesty, and a flair for wry, evocative description. Fresh from the American South with a carload of art-school friends, Hiestand alights in a down-at-the-heels seaside town near Boston, Massachusetts, where the houses boast fake rock siding that resembles "giant mixed nuts inexplicably plastered to the wall." The eponymous Angela is a stripper who peels off clothes whilst standing on her head and earnestly lectures others on the importance of being limber. Shuttling across time and latitude lines, Hiestand recalls growing up in Tennessee's "Atom City," where Manhattan Project physicists developed the bomb that razed Hiroshima and where geek chic ruled. She writes ruefully and wonderfully about trying to document the lives led by her grandmother's clan in the deeper South. Along with some memorable stories are hours of tape recording full of "hisses, things being bumped, sudden cries" and surprising turns of thought as Aunt Mary declares while "talking about a Kodak camera, 'We wore brassieres. Yes, we did.'" Although uneven, Hiestand's tales are often very engaging. --Francesca Coltrera

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