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The Blue Box: Three Lives in Letters par [Bingham, Sallie]
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This family history centered around three women from three generations spans the Civil War through the Jazz Age. Fans of Sallie Bingham's work will especially appreciate her parents Mary and Barry's romance that unfolds in letters and finally results in marriage. Bingham beautifully demonstrates an inheritance of emotion, morality, ideology, and most lasting of all, irreverence.

Sallie Bingham has published four short story collections, four novels, a memoir, and several plays. Bingham was a director of the National Book Critics Circle, and founded the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Sallie Bingham Archive for Women's Papers and Culture at Duke University.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1498 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 242 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1936747782
  • Editeur : Sarabande Books (18 août 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00KV1P3KK
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HASH(0x950dac84) étoiles sur 5 A Lineage of Powerful Women with the Write Stuff 6 décembre 2014
Par Kara Sachs - Publié sur
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I thoroughly enjoyed Sallie Bingham's masterful weaving and colorful detail in "The Blue Box: Three Lives in Letters" which is filled with delicious and elegant language. I found myself needing to read it out loud...which I never do. It was fascinating to witness the progression of her foremother's evolution, through their writings, as women in the world...and of course, leading to hers! What a beautiful journey she shared with us.

Imagine opening up a 150-year-old time capsule from your ancestors. This is the adventure Sallie Bingham takes us on in her latest book. And what a treasure of experience and history was found in that blue box, inconspicuously stashed at the top of her deceased Mother's closet. Being the writer of the family, Sallie was entrusted with the contents; a true motherlode of letters, essays, short stories, historical documents, photos and slices of life from three generations of her maternal dynasty.

The story begins with her namesake and Great-Grandmother, Sallie LeFroy, an indomitable yet gentile Southern woman from an aristocratic family during the Civil War era. Unlike most women of the time, LeFroy had a literary drive. Though life was challenging, even ugly during war times, in her memoir she chose to paint a more delicate picture of the world around her in order to preserve an image of beauty and prestige for her granddaughters.

Next we learn about her Grandmother, Helena Caperton, a mother of six daughters. Married to a ne'er-do-well who died early, she was strapped with the burden of plying her writing talents towards commercial assignments - less than her lofty literary standards. The compromise was not only about survival but about maintaining the family image of high title.

Out of those six daughters, Sallie Bingham's Mother, Mary, was the only one to graduate from college. While attending Radcliff she met Sallie's Father, Barry Bingham, a handsome, charming and wealthy young man of nobility. Through their letters we follow their complicated courtship as he traveled the world without her. Theirs was a long distance, adoring, seductive, yet seemingly impossible to possess relationship. However, after four years they finally married.

This narrative, spanning four generations of powerful women, exposes a common thread of unyielding resilience--where writing was and remains a blessing.

- Kara Sachs, film director
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HASH(0x950db3e4) étoiles sur 5 Like Natalie Cole singing with her father even after his ... 18 octobre 2014
Par PATRICK MOORE - Publié sur
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“The Blue Box” reveals beyond the shadow of a doubt that truth really is stranger than fiction. Like Natalie Cole singing with her father even after his passing, Sallie Bingham weaves together a riveting story of three generations of women literally in their own words yet seamlessly interwoven with hers. Although “privilege” may be associated with these strong women, it’s not as if they were spared the “slings & arrows of outrageous fortune.” In their unique & literary way, these foremothers survived & thrived through tumultuous times. “The Blue Box” chronicles both their triumphs & limitations in context of the complex cultural milieu. Most of all, their experience brings to life & serves as a key to understanding the historic hurricanes our predecessors lived through & learned from. Like “Gone with the Wind” & “Titanic,” “The Blue Box” powerfully puts us back in touch with our common catharses & in so doing reveals us to ourselves.
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