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The Resource Bird-bent grass : a memoir, in pieces, Kathleen Venema

Bird-bent grass : a memoir, in pieces, Kathleen Venema

Label
Bird-bent grass : a memoir, in pieces
Title
Bird-bent grass
Title remainder
a memoir, in pieces
Statement of responsibility
Kathleen Venema
Creator
Contributor
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Bird-Bent Grass chronicles an extraordinary mother-daughter relationship that spans distance, time, and, eventually, debilitating illness. Personal, familial, and political narratives unfold through the letters that Geeske Venema-de Jong and her daughter Kathleen exchanged during the late 1980s and through their weekly conversations, which started after Geeske was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease twenty years later. In 1986, Kathleen accepted a three-year teaching assignment in Uganda, after a devastating civil war, and Geeske promised to be her daughter's most faithful correspondent. The two women exchanged more than two hundred letters that reflected their lively interest in literature, theology, and politics, and explored ideas about identity, belonging, and home in the context of cross-cultural challenges. Two decades later, with Geeske increasingly beset by Alzheimer's disease, Kathleen returned to the letters, where she rediscovered the evocative image of a tiny, bright meadow bird perched precariously on a blade of elephant grass. That image - of simultaneous tension, fragility, power, and resilience - sustained her over the years that she used the letters as memory prompts in a larger strategy to keep her intellectually gifted mother alive. Deftly woven of excerpts from their correspondence, conversations, journal entries, and email updates, Bird-Bent Grass is a complex and moving exploration of memory, illness, and immigration; friendship, conflict, resilience, and forgiveness; cross-cultural communication, the ethics of international development, and letter-writing as a technology of intimacy. Throughout, it reflects on the imperative and fleeting business of being alive and loving others while they're ours to hold.--
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Assigning source
McNallyRobinson.com
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
NhCcYBP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1960-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Venema, Kathleen Rebecca
Dewey number
362.196831
Index
no index present
LC call number
RC523.2
LC item number
.V46 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
NLM call number
WT 155
NLM item number
.V457b 2018
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
ProQuest (Firm)
Series statement
Life writing series
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  • Venema-de Jong, Geeske
  • Venema-de Jong, Geeske
  • Venema, Kathleen Rebecca
  • Venema, Kathleen Rebecca
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Venema-de Jong, Geeske
  • Alzheimer Disease
  • Patients
  • Correspondence as Topic
Label
Bird-bent grass : a memoir, in pieces, Kathleen Venema
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • New Meadow
  • 5.
  • Holy Shipwreck
  • Machine generated contents note:
  • 1.
  • Perfect Correspondence
  • 2.
  • Crosswords
  • 3.
  • Post Secret
  • 4.
Control code
MSTDDA5323544
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (340 pages.):
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781771122917
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
Label
Bird-bent grass : a memoir, in pieces, Kathleen Venema
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • New Meadow
  • 5.
  • Holy Shipwreck
  • Machine generated contents note:
  • 1.
  • Perfect Correspondence
  • 2.
  • Crosswords
  • 3.
  • Post Secret
  • 4.
Control code
MSTDDA5323544
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (340 pages.):
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781771122917
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote

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