Motherland: Writings By Irish American Women About Mothers And Daughters

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Caledonia Kearns
Harper Collins, 2000年3月22日 - 272 頁
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The writings in this collection, fiction and nonfiction, are written from the perspectives of Irish American mothers and daughters. From Angela's Ashes to Riverdance, Irish literature and art are capturing the American imagination as never before. Ireland's literary legacy has taken root in American soil, and this dazzling anthology captures the spirit of this Celtic renaissance.

Motherland presents a poignant collection of Irish American women's writings about the mother-daughter bond in all its variety: sometimes a source of strength and solace, sometimes of sorrow and resentment, but always and everywhere central to the author's identity.

Acclaimed anthologist Caledonia Kearns has collected more than twenty pieces of fiction and nonfiction to create a rich tapestry of emotion, humor, and truth, featuring the work of contemporary writers, such as Anna Quindlen, Mary Gordon, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Mary Cantwell, Martha Manning, Rosemary Mahoney, Susan Minot, and Maureen Howard, along with voices from past eras like Margaret Sanger, Mother Jones, and M.F.K. Fisher.

This book speaks directly to the hearts of every mother and daughter. Irish or not, readers will find treasures to cherish, wisdom to live by, and words that sing with the spirit of the Celtic soul. It's a wonderful gift for St. Patrick's Day, Mother's Day, or any occasion when eloquence is the order of the day.

 

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MOTHERLAND: Writings by Irish American Women About Mothers and Mothering

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Kearns (who edited Cabbage and Bones: An Anthology of Irish-American Women's Fiction, 1997) has assembled a delightfully diverse collection of essays (old and new) and fiction about the struggles and ... 閱讀評論全文

Motherland: writings by Irish American women about mothers and daughters

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Kearns, who previously edited an anthology of Irish American women's fiction (Cabbage and Bones, LJ 10/15/97), has collected 24 fiction and nonfiction pieces "to expose what motherhood can be and how ... 閱讀評論全文

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CAROLYN CURTIN ALESSIO
1
ELLIN MACKAY BERLIN
9
MADELINE BLAIS
23
MARY CANTWELL
38
KARIN COOK
58
MARY DOYLE CURRAN
71
F K FISHER
77
ELIZABETH GURLEY FLYNN
83
Charting Life with a Daughter 1977
137
JEAN KERR
147
MARTHA MANNING
171
SUSAN MINOT
189
HELENA MULKERNS
201
ANNA QUINDLEN
223
The Need to Feed 1997
229
MARGARET HIGGINS SANGER
237

Doris KEARNS GOODWIN
94
MARY GORDON
103
MARY HARRIS MOTHER JONES
120
Trinity 1999
127
CONTRIBUTORS
243
PERMISSIONS
249
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第 32 頁 - Oft, in the stilly night, Ere Slumber's chain has bound me, Fond Memory brings the light Of other days around me : The smiles, the tears, Of boyhood's years, The words of love then spoken ; The eyes that shone, Now dimmed and gone, The cheerful hearts now broken ! Thus, in the stilly night, Ere Slumber's chain has bound me.
第 241 頁 - The modern motherhood enfolds one or two adoring children of its own blood, and cherishes, protects and loves them. It does not reach out to all children. When motherhood is a high privilege, not a sordid, slavish requirement, it will encircle all. Its deep, passionate intensity will overflow the limits of blood relationship. Its beauty will shine upon all, for its beauty is of the soul, whose power of enfoldment is unbounded. When motherhood becomes the fruit of a deep yearning, not the result of...
第 22 頁 - Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning, and weeping in this valley of tears.
第 111 頁 - Are you bothered by thoughts you can't get out of your head? Yes No 7. Are you in good spirits most of the time? Yes No
第 32 頁 - ... pillow in obedience to words, an old tune, that had been sounding in her head for some time, and that she now began to listen to. It was an old song, very slow, a tenor voice from long ago and far away. She listened idly. "Oft in the stilly night Ere slumber's chain hath bound me Fond memory brings the light Of other days around me.
第 37 頁 - ... away while she slept. He was traveling a long way, but she would watch him. She was his mother, and it was all she could do for him now. She could do it. She was weak, and the world was very shaky, but the light of other days shone steadily and showed the truth. She was no longer bewildered, and the next time Martin came to stand hopefully beside her bed she smiled at him and spoke to him in her ordinary voice.
第 85 頁 - Because of these family responsibilities my mother did not marry until she was thiry years old— an "old maid" in those days. My mother was always interested in public affairs. She early became an advocate of equal rights for women. She heard many lecturers in Concord— Susan B. Anthony, Frances Willard, Frederick Douglass, Dr. Mary Walker, a pioneer medical woman, and Charles Stuart Parnell, the great Irish orator. She shocked her in-laws and neighbors by having women doctors in the '9o's, when...
第 124 頁 - You tell the superintendent that I am not coming to see him anyway. I am coming to see the miners." As we stood talking a poor fellow, all skin and bones, joined us. "Do you see those cars over there, Mother, on the siding?

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Caledonia Kearns is the editor of Cabbage and Bones:  An Anthology of Irish American Women's Fiction.  A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she lives with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn, New York.

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