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Little boy blues: A Memoir

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From one of our most astute cultural observers, a piercing memoir about a family's breakup, and about the need to both hold onto and distance ourselves from the people and events that shape us. North Carolina in the 1950s and 1960s: A child surrounded by elderly grandparents, aunts, and uncles, Malcolm Jones finds himself underfoot in a bad marriage. His father, charming but careless about steady work, is often gone from home, often drunk; his mother, a schoolteacher and faded Southern belle, clings to the past while hungering for respectability and stability. Jones vividly describes their faltering marriage as it plays out against larger cracks in society-the convulsions of desegregation and a popular culture that threaten the settled life of his family. But he also recalls idyllic times, and the ordinary, easy moments of an otherwise fraught childhood-each experience offering a portal to someplace else, in himself and in the wider world. With a rich evocation of time and place, a darkly humorous, often bittersweet candor, and a rare depth of feeling, Jones gives us the fundamental stories of life-where he comes from, who he was, and who he has become.
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Grouping Title little boy blues
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For Malcolm Jones, his parents' disintegrating marriage was at the center of life in North Carolina in the 1950s and 60s. His father, charming but careless, was often drunk and away from home; his mother, a schoolteacher and faded Southern belle, clung to the past and hungered for respectability. In Little Boy Lost, Jones—one of our most admired cultural observers—recalls a childhood in which this relationship played out against the larger cracks of society: the convulsions of desegregation and a popular culture that threatens the church-centered life of his family. He richly evokes a time and place with rare depth and candor, giving us the fundamental stories of a life—where he comes from, who he was, who he has become.

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subject_facet Jones, Malcolm, -- 1952- -- Childhood and youth
Jones, Malcolm, -- 1952- -- Homes and haunts -- North Carolina
Journalists -- United States -- Biography
North Carolina -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
title_display Little boy blues
title_full Little Boy Blues A Memoir
Little boy blues / Malcolm Jones
title_short Little boy blues
title_sub A Memoir
topic_facet Biography & Autobiography
Childhood and youth
Family & Relationships
Homes and haunts
Jones, Malcolm
Social life and customs