on 7 December 1997
<P> Spiked with the grit and wit of a native-born Texas, Ceil Cleveland writes a story of self-definition and self-liberation that every women will and every man ought to understand. It is a moving and often surprising story of a girl's evolution to a womanhood not foreshadowed by the narrow image of Jacy Farrow in "The Last Picture Show."<P> As a young girl with a lively imagination and a creative mind growing up in a small Texas town, the author found the intellectual and cultural landscape as dry and dusty as the surrounding plains. Her mother's well of wisdom, extensive library, and own literary talents, plus the movies, offered her daughter an oasis of escape in the midst of a world dominated by men, football, and beauty contests.<P> Hope of total escape to a more exciting and fulfilling life through marriage to an educator faded quickly. The eventual realization that his passion for civil rights did not extend to equal rights and a non-traditional role for
on 24 November 1997
As a peer growing up down the road in northwest Texas, I experienced Ceil's accurately picturing the sparse environment - geographically and intellectually. In the late 19th Century, men came seeking new beginnings in an area nearer the frontier mindset than with emerging sophistication of urban areas and gentility of the South. The women struggled to keep a foot in each camp. The result was dreams embedded in daughters and granddaughters - sometimes taking the third generation to fulfill their most inner longings. Rearrange the characters, add and subtract and Ceil has told my story of painful growth. Sadly, some didn't survive.
on 11 December 1997
This is a must-read by a woman who grew from one of the smallest towns in Texas to the largest city in the United States with many adventures in between. The tale of the growth of a self-absorbed young girl into a wise and sucessful woman is accomplished with some wonderful metaphors. It incorporates some funny stories of Texas women, some surprising recipes, and both homespun wisdom and sophisticated wit. This book should appeal to men and women of all ages and backgrounds.
on 7 January 1998
Ceil Cleveland's memoirs of growing up in a small Texas town in the '50's is an absolute joy. Her description of the roads she traveled from then to the present is warm, witty, and often gut-wrenching. If you have a daughter, give her a copy. I am forcing myself to read it at intervals because I don't want it to end!
on 11 December 1997
This is a book about generations: mothers and daughters, fathers and daughters, mothers and sons. It will resonate with anybody who has attempted to live within a family in a way we all call normal. It is funny, painful, but ultimately life affirming.