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Somebody's daughter : a memoir

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First edition.

"One of the most prominent voices of her generation debuts with an extraordinarily powerful memoir: the story of a childhood defined by the ever looming absence of her incarcerated father and the path we must take to both honor and overcome our origins. For as long as she could remember, Ashley has put her father on a pedestal. Despite having only vague memories of seeing him face-to-face, she believes he's the only person in the entire world who understands her. She thinks she understands him too. He's sensitive like her, an artist, and maybe even just as afraid of the dark. She's certain that one day they'll be reunited again, and she'll finally feel complete. There are just a few problems: he's in prison, and she doesn't know what he did to end up there. Through poverty, puberty, and a fraught relationship with her mother, Ashley returns to her image of her father for hope and encouragement. She doesn't know how to deal with the incessant worries that keep her up at night, or how to handle the changesin her body that draw unwanted attention from men. In her search for unconditional love, Ashley begins dating a boy her mother hates; when the relationship turns sour, he assaults her. Still reeling from the rape, which she keeps secret from her family, Ashley finally finds out why her father is in prison. And that's where the story really begins. Somebody's Daughter steps into the world of growing up a poor Black girl, exploring how isolating and complex such a childhood can be. As Ashley battles her body and her environment, she provides a poignant coming-of-age recollection that speaks to finding the threads between who you are and what you were born into, and the complicated familial love that often binds them. "Ashley Ford's prose is glass-so clear,sharp and smooth that the reader sees, in vivid focus, her complicated childhood, brilliant mind, and golden heart. The gravity and urgency of Somebody's Daughter anchored me to my chair and slowed my heartbeat-like no book has since Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye. Ashley Ford is a writer for the ages, and Somebody's Daughter will be a book of the year." -- Glennon Doyle, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Untamed and founder of Together Rising"--

Available copies

  • 30 of 32 copies available at Westchester Library System.

Current holds

3 current holds with 32 total copies.

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Book 1 CD Audiobook 1 Large Print Book 1 English 3 All formats and editions 3
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Irvington Public Library YA BIOGRAPHY FORD, A (Text)
YA Biography
31012154482903
Available
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John C. Hart Memorial Library B FORD (Text)
Biography
31030154968549
Available
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Katonah Village Library B FORD (Text)
Nonfiction
31013151927379
Checked out
06/18/2024
Larchmont Public Library B FORD (Text)
Biography
31014152969071
Available
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Mamaroneck Public Library District B FORD (Text)
Biography
31015152624244
Available
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Mount Kisco Public Library B FORD (Text)
Biography
31017100338158
Available
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Mount Pleasant Branch Library B FORD, ASHLEY (Text)
Biography
31024250748012
Available
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Mount Pleasant Public Library B FORD, ASHLEY (Text)
Biography
31024153248110
Available
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Mount Vernon Public Library B FORD (Text)
Biography
31018155611101
Available
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New Rochelle Public Library B FORD (Text)
Biography
31019156716600
Available
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