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Samia Serageldin and Lee Smith - 'Mothers and Strangers: Essays on Motherhood from the New South"

In this anthology of creative nonfiction, twenty-eight writers set out to discover what they know, and don't know, about the person they call Mother. Celebrated writers Samia Serageldin and Lee Smith have curated a diverse and insightful collection that challenges stereotypes about mothers and expands our notions of motherhood in the South. The mothers in these essays were shaped, for good and bad, by the economic and political crosswinds of their time. Whether their formative experience was the Great Depression or the upheavals of the 1970s, their lives reflected their era and influenced how they raised their children. The writers in Mothers and Strangers explore the reliability of memory, examine their family dynamics, and come to terms with the past.

This event will feature readings from contributing authors Lee Smith, Samia Serageldin, Jill McCorkle, Steven Petrow, Hal Crowther and Elaine Orr. Some of their previous works are listed below!

In addition to the editors and our visiting authors, contributors include Belle Boggs, Marshall Chapman, Hal Crowther, Clyde Edgerton, Marianne Gingher, Jaki Shelton Green, Sally Greene, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, Eldridge "Redge" Hanes, Lynden Harris, Randall Kenan, Phillip Lopate, Michael Malone, Frances Mayes, Melody Moezzi, Margaret Rich, Omid Safi, James Seay, Alan Shapiro, Bland Simpson, Sharon K. Swanson, and Daniel Wallace.

Event date: 
Monday, April 1, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
Mothers and Strangers: Essays on Motherhood from the New South Cover Image
By Samia Serageldin (Editor), Lee Smith (Editor)
$22.00
ISBN: 9781469651675
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Published: University of North Carolina Press - April 2019

In this anthology of creative nonfiction, twenty-eight writers set out to discover what they know, and don't know, about the person they call Mother. Celebrated writers Samia Serageldin and Lee Smith have curated a diverse and insightful collection that challenges stereotypes about mothers and expands our notions of motherhood in the South.


Swimming Between Worlds Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780425282731
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: Berkley - April 3rd, 2018

From the critically acclaimed writer of A Different Sun, a Southern coming-of-age novel that sets three very different young people against the tumultuous years of the American civil rights movement...


Life After Life: A Novel Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781616203221
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Published: A Shannon Ravenel Book - November 5th, 2013

Award-winning author Jill McCorkle takes us on a splendid journey through time and memory in this, her tenth work of fiction. Life After Life is filled with a sense of wonder at our capacity for self-discovery at any age.


Dimestore: A Writer's Life Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781616206468
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 4th, 2017

“A memoir that shines with a bright spirit, a generous heart and an entertaining knack for celebrating absurdity.”—The New York Times Book Review

“This is Smith at her finest.”—Library Journal, starred review

Set deep in the mountains of Virginia, the Grundy of Lee Smith’s youth was a plac


The Cairo House (Arab American Writing S) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780815607939
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Published: Syracuse University Press - August 2003

A work that depicts the glamourous Egypt of the pashas and King Farouk, the police state of the colonels who seized power in 1952, the post-Sadat years and the rise of fundamentalism. It is a study of family and culture in transition and crisis, exploring the ambiguities of status and loyalty.


Steven Petrow's Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners: The Definitive Guide to LGBT Life Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780761156703
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - June 2011

A big book of manners for the more than 15 million lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the United States and Canada and the people who love them, work with them, and live with them.


Freedom Fighters and Hell Raisers: A Gallery of Memorable Southerners Cover Image
By Hal Crowther, Silas House (Foreword by)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780932112781
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Published: Blair - October 16th, 2018

"I don't have any children, so I've decided to claim all the future freedom-fighters and hell-raisers as my kin," wrote journalist Molly Ivins. Ivins is one of the biggest hell-raisers profiled in this collection of essays by Hal Crowther, but there is plenty hell-raising and freedom-fighting to go around.