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This is an auction for UGLY: THE TRUE STORY OF A LOVELESS CHILDHOOD, by Constance Briscoe. reviews:

"Reading "Ugly" by Constance Briscoe is simultaneously a daunting and inspiring experience. Briscoe suffered so dreadfully from the demented behavior of a narcissistic mother. Yet she consistently had the perseverance to keep trying to make sense of and overcome that totally unsolicited cruel treatment. What is even more remarkable to me is that she was able to accomplish this process of self-growth as a black woman in the midst of classicist Britain. I am proud to be her sister in spirit!"

"This is the most amazing account of how to beat the system of bullying and child abuse, and nastiness in its extreme. Not a happy story, but it was peppered with more great outcomes than let downs. Clarence's ability to always face her demons, and then find a positive way to overcome the tragic sadness that accompanies such a life, as overwhelming in this story. Every time her mother hurt her, physically or mentally, she went on to do something positive. This has been a real eyeopener for me. We all cry foul so easily, and how easy would this have been for 'Clearie' as well. But no, she excelled at school she worked up to 3 jobs once. She 'smiled' through adversity while working at Rosie's, I could go on and on. There were two accounts that had me laughing out loud - her morning in church with Aunt Ina and the time when she fought Eastman by jumping on his back. She wrote these two scenes will great hilarity. This book broke my heart."

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Large format (trade) paperback 2006.

310 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $8.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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