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Two or Three Things I Know for Sure

Two or Three Things I Know for Sure Bastard Out of Carolina nominated for the National Book Award for fiction introduced Dorothy Allison as one of the most passionate and gifted writers of her generation Now in Two or Three Thin

  • Title: Two or Three Things I Know for Sure
  • Author: Dorothy Allison
  • ISBN: 9780452273405
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bastard Out of Carolina, nominated for the 1992 National Book Award for fiction, introduced Dorothy Allison as one of the most passionate and gifted writers of her generation Now, in Two or Three Things I Know for Sure, she takes a probing look at her family s history to give us a lyrical, complex memoir that explores how the gossip of one generation can become legends foBastard Out of Carolina, nominated for the 1992 National Book Award for fiction, introduced Dorothy Allison as one of the most passionate and gifted writers of her generation Now, in Two or Three Things I Know for Sure, she takes a probing look at her family s history to give us a lyrical, complex memoir that explores how the gossip of one generation can become legends for the next.Illustrated with photographs from the author s personal collection, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure tells the story of the Gibson women sisters, cousins, daughters, and aunts and the men who loved them, often abused them, and, nonetheless, shared their destinies With luminous clarity, Allison explores how desire surprises and what power feels like to a young girl as she confronts abuse As always, Dorothy Allison is provocative, confrontational, and brutally honest Two or Three Things I Know for Sure, steeped in the hard won wisdom of experience, expresses the strength of her unique vision with beauty and eloquence.

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    About "Dorothy Allison"

    1. Dorothy Allison

      Dorothy Allison is an American writer, speaker, and member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers Themes in Allison s work include class struggle, child and sexual abuse, women, lesbianism, feminism, and family.Allison s first novel, the semi autobiographical Bastard Out of Carolina, was published in 1992 and was one of five finalists for the 1992 National Book Award Allison founded The Independent Spirit Award in 1998, a prize given annually to an individual whose work within the small press and independent bookstore circuit has helped sustain that enterprise.

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    1. A Quick RecommendationThis was a good Year of reading memoirs for me and it helped a great deal in recognizing the art that goes behind writing one I regard such art to be strictly personal where memories both wispy and vivid try to capture life from a central and peripheral standpoint Whether it s about a son talking about her mother and leaving a margin worthy space to mention about himself, or the brilliant writer bemoaning the loss of an imperfectly beautiful yesterday, or the young man who [...]


    2. This is one of the best memoirs I have ever read I was so blown away by Dorothy Allison s writing that it felt like she had lobbed a grenade into the room, exploding with beautiful and haunting language.The memoir tells the story of Dorothy s family and her childhood in rural South Carolina The title comes from something her Aunt Dot used to say Lord, girl, there s only two or three things I know for sure Only two or three things That s right Of course it s never the same things, and I m never a [...]


    3. My introduction to Dorothy Allison was Bastard Out of Carolina and I was stunned I knew going in it was partly autobiographical, but it didn t seem possible that this incredible story could have happened I was so consumed by the story that I didn t even think about the writing until I had finished I then realized how special and talented Dorothy Allison is I truly believe that Bastard will become a classic.I say all of this because this book, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure, gives us insight [...]


    4. I am on a Dorothy Allison binge This is the fourth book of hers I have read and the third in a row I have given five stars to the first three Her books seem to cover similar territory she is a feminist, a queer, a storyteller, and had a brutal beginning in life So far I have not minded the repetition because her stories are done so well and she writes about her roots from both a fiction and nonfiction style Sometimes it is not clear which is which.One thing that is added inTwo or Three Things I [...]


    5. I feel like it must be hard to write your memoirs so beautifully that they read like fiction Example That beautiful boy my mama loved, as skinny as her, as ignorant and hungry, as proud as he could be to have that beautiful girl, her skin full of heat, her eyes full of hope And when he ran away, left her to raise me alone, she never trusted any man again but wanted to, wanted to so badly it ate the heart out of her I could never write something like that about somebody I knew as well as my mama [...]


    6. Just because it is short does NOT mean this one doesn t pack a punch Dorthy Allison, through a mostly true by her admission memoir tells the story of her early life and influences good and terrible Her perspective is from a unique placed it ain t pretty She takes raw inventory of her influences, rejects how she is expected to compute her own life story, and throws out thoughts that will make you think There is agenda there, but it is supported by background information that will make you see her [...]


    7. Two or Three things I Know for Sure by Dorothy Allison is a poignant memoir about sexual abuse and family and a quick read of just ninety four pages Allison is from Greenville, South Carolina and a family she describes as Peasants, that s what we are and always have been Call us the lower orders, the great unwashed, the working class, the poor, proletariat, trash, lowlife and scum 1.Allison includes numerous family photos that remind me of my own childhood, sisters, and birth family Her story ma [...]


    8. Dorothy Allison s author s note which I didn t see until I d already finished reading Two or Three Things I Know For Sure says Two or Three Things I Know For Sure was written for performance in the months following the completion of my novel, Bastard Out of Carolina First performed in August 1991 at The Lab in San Francisco, the piece has been performed in a variety of cities and has changed with each production For publication the work has been substantially revised The names of most family mem [...]


    9. It s a shame that Dorothy Allison s memoir Two or Three Things I Know for Sure will likely never receive the widespread reading it so richly deserves The slim volume should be required reading It is raw, filled with emotion which cuts to the bone Tales of searing pain and loss, loss, even, of what one has never possessed Ultimately, though, a book of hope, hope springing from the very fact that the book exists It is, I suppose, a book meant for other women, but one whose greatest potential lesso [...]


    10. Two or three things I know, two or three things I know for sure, and one of them is that to go on living I have to tell stories, that stories are the one sure way I know to touch the heart and change the world This book that is less than 100 pages is the autobiography of novelist Dorothy Allison or is it Although the impression that I got was that the stories were true, the whole book is littered with phrases that make the reader doubt where true life ends and her story telling takes over She be [...]


    11. I read this book in one sitting While I sometimes grow tired of Dorothy Allison s seeming inability as a writer to grow beyond her own background, I also love the strength with which she relishes it, and re tells it, over and over again, and grows strong in the telling, even telling about horrible things, things we would normally leave to the dominion of the unspeakable Ultimately, I feel she is a beacon of love and light in a dark world.


    12. Two or three things I know, two or three things I know for sure, and one of them is that if we are not beautiful to each other, we cannot know beauty in any form Page 86 I read this book in one sitting It was raw and gritty and painful to read at times, yet so beautifully written and another reminder to me of how often real life is messy and it is what makes us real.


    13. 3.5 A good read for a day when you feel down when you feel vulnerable to the whispers saying you re not that smart, you re not that pretty, you re not that strong, Allison reminds you that you are all you need to be and than you know.



    14. I thought that I would enjoy this but I truthfully didn t want to read details about the author s love affairs with women, not exactly my cup of tea.


    15. Allison s memoir employs many new strategies for me She incorporates photographs into her work, whether they are successful or not, I don t know, while I enjoyed them, they were at time distracting, as they had no identifiers Allison also admits this text was originally meant as a performance piece, this aspect definitely gave the piece a different feel I read several sections out loud This offers a new dimension to the text One can hear the story told.While it is Allison s story, about Allison [...]


    16. I got this book from the Strand for my first semester of college in 2000 I was supposed to read it during a writing class about memoir I didn t read it, but I read an additional essay by Dorothy Allison and I liked that, so I always kept the book In retrospect that was my best class that term My sister is at the same point in college now, so it seemed fitting to work this one out finally When I finally opened the book I discovered a receipt for its purchase tucked inside, from a Brentano s in Co [...]


    17. This is the second I ve read by Dorothy Allison, the first was Bastard out of Carolina I m not sure whether it s because I m from South Carolina, a little lost on my own family history, have dealt with similar instances of abuse, or if it s simply the weight and importance of her words, but each time after completing a reading of her work I ve had to take a few deep breaths and a solid hour or two to recover.If you care about sisterhood, about family, about individuality, truth and meaning for t [...]


    18. Dorothy Allison s like the oppositional force to the Tories in my life I don t think my love for her could possibly be bigger, then I read a new thing she s done and it grows I cannot even with this gem of a book It got me wondering if my underlining habit is spiralling out of control or if she s just that fucking good it is because she is just that fucking good This was such a healing book for me to read, as a survivor, as a writer, as a dyke She s fucking magic I am beginning to pre emptively [...]


    19. Powerful and compelling autobiography Having the author read this work herself for the audio version on cassette really brought the short work to life for me She was able to pack so much emotion into this telling and to really highlight the repetition of the two or three things I know for sure theme If only I knew anyone else who still listened to cassettes, I d send this along to share it Alas, I must be one of the last people out there who still has a cassette deck in the car and doesn t mind [...]


    20. Beauty is a hard thing Beauty is a mean story Beauty is slender girls who die young, fine featured delicate creatures about whom men write poems Beauty, my first girlfriend said to me, is that inner quality often associated with great amounts of leisure time And I loved her for that Women lose their lives not knowing they can do something different Men eat themselves up believing they have to be the thing they have been made Children go crazy Really, even children go crazy, believing the shape o [...]


    21. Simply candid, arduous, inspiring and eerily familiar I am no longer a grown up outraged child but a woman letting go of her outrage, showing what I know that evil is a man who imagines the damage he does is not damage, that evil is the act of pretending that some things do not happen or leave no mark if they do, that evil is not what remains when healing becomes possible booksnakereviews


    22. A for honesty for this short memoir by the author of Bastard Out of Carolina watch out for some explicit language about lesbian love Would have liked about how she felt her family influenced who she became as an adult and less about her adult relationship s with other women Very short 100 pp.


    23. A memoir for people that don t like memoirs Impeccably written, incredibly concise, read it in a couple of hours This is a store of an incredible woman whom any reader could learn a thing or two from Happy Reading



    24. It s a good thing I didn t actually read this in its entirety until after I met Dorothy Allison, because I don t think I would have been able to function in her presence Holy shit.


    25. I was born trash in a land where the people all believe themselves natural aristocrats Allison is under appreciated as a writer



    26. February 20 2015In the Biography of Dorothy Allison, she explains how her family struggles with poverty and how she endures rough times during her childhood Dorothy was born on April 11, 1949 in Greenville, South Carolina She loved telling stories and make people think they are true She used to tell a lot of them to her younger sister, and she would usually believe her I used to whisper to my sisters stories behind the red dirt bean hills and row on row of strawberries Allison 5 One day, Allison [...]


    27. This reads like a speaker series lecture, and apparently that s what it was originally By that I mean it s tightly edited in the beginning, so you get the themes right quick Then she loosens up, hooks you in, and brings it home to lodge these characters her people, her family in your head as if they re your own By the end you love her, you love the people, and you feel like these are your family And you feel quite triumphant that you can become a fully capable adult through such rough circumstan [...]


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